Maugham himself wanders in and out of the story, to observe his characters struggling with their fates. Larry darrell is a young american in search of the absolute. The progress of his spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham's most brilliant characters - his fiancée Isabel whose choice between love and wealth have lifelong repercussions, and Elliott Templeton, a classic expatriate American snob.
The Razor's Edge - Maugham himself wanders in and out of the story, her uncle, to observe his characters struggling with their fates.
The Moon and SixpenceDigireads.com Publishing - First published in 1919, W. Strickland leaves london for paris and ultimately Tahiti, mirroring the life of Gaugin who would also split with his wife to pursue a life of painting eventually immigrating to Tahiti. The title of the novel, comes from a review for maugham’s previous work “Of Human Bondage” in which that novel’s protagonist, which is never clearly explained in the novel, Philip Carey, is described as “so busy yearning for the moon that he never saw the sixpence at his feet.
The moon in this sense might be seen as the lofty ambition to pursue a life of artistic expression in contrast to the sixpence which represents the security of a middle-class life style with wife and children to which the protagonist abandons. Somerset maugham’s “the moon and Sixpence” is an episodic first person narrative based on the life of Paul Gaugin.
The Moon and Sixpence - This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper. The moon and sixpence” is the story of the demands that can be placed on a tortured artistic soul and consequently the lives that it touches. At the center of the novel is the story of charles Strickland, an English banker who walks away from a life of privilege, abruptly abandoning his wife and children, in order to pursue his passion to become an artist.
Of Human Bondage Bantam ClassicsBantam Classics - The first and most autobiographical of Maugham's masterpieces. After a few months studying in heidelberg, he settles in London to train as a doctor where he meets Mildred, and a brief spell in Paris as a would-be artist, the loud but irresistible waitress with whom he plunges into a tortured and masochistic affair.
Bantam Classics. It is the story of Philip Carey, an orphan eager for life, love and adventure.
The Painted VeilVintage - Set in england and hong kong in the 1920s, The Painted Veil is the story of the beautiful but love-starved Kitty Fane. Vintage Books USA. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to the heart of a cholera epidemic. Bantam Classics. Stripped of the british society of her youth and the small but effective society she fought so hard to attain in Hong Kong, she is compelled by her awakening conscience to reassess her life and learn how to love.
The painted veil is a beautifully written affirmation of the human capacity to grow, to change, and to forgive.
Of Human BondageDigireads.com Publishing - This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper. Vintage Books USA. First published in 1915, the novel follows the life of Philip, who suffers from the disability of a clubbed foot, from boyhood when he is orphaned and sent to live with his aunt and uncle. Ultimately “of human bondage” is the story of life’s struggle between ones aspirations and what is reasonably achievable.
Generally agreed as maugham’s literary masterpiece, “Of Human Bondage” is the semi-autobiographical tale of Philip Carey. Bantam Classics. This coming of age story traces the travels of its main character to Germany, emotional, Paris, while exploring his intellectual, and London, and psychological development.
Of Human Bondage - Similarly maugham was sent to live with his aunt and uncle when his mother passed away and also suffered from the disability of a speech impediment. His desire to become an artist; his pursuit of a medical degree; and his relationships with four women, the destructive Mildred Rogers, and the daughter of befriended family man Thorpe Athelny, fellow art student Fanny Price, the sensitive author of penny romance novels Norah Nesbit, whose named Sally; are all chronicled throughout the novel.
Cakes and AleVintage - But then kear discovers the great novelist's voluptuous muse and unlikely first wife, Rosie. Social climber alroy kear is flattered when he is selected by Edward Driffield's wife to pen the official biography of her lionized novelist husband, and determined to write a bestseller. The lively, loving heroine once gave Driffield enough material to last a lifetime, but now her memory casts an embarrissing shadow over his career and respectable image.
Wise, witty, deeply satisfying, Cakes and Ale is Maugham at his best. Cakes and ale is a delicious satire of London literary society between the Wars. Bantam Classics. Vintage Books USA.
The Razor's EdgeSony Pictures Home Entertainment 2226808 - Vintage Books USA. Bantam Classics. He breaks off his engagement to isabel catherine Hicks and sets out on a journey that takes him through the trenches of WW I, the Himalayas of India, and Paris. Somerset maugham of a World War I veteran disillusioned by jazz-age values. Shrink-wrapped. Bill murray stars in this adaptation of the classic novel by W.
The Moon and Sixpence - W. Somerset MaughamCreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform - Through maugham's sympathetic eye strickland's tortured and cruel soul becomes a symbol of the blessing and the curse of transcendent artistic genius, and the cost in human lives it sometimes demands. Shrink-wrapped. Vintage Books USA. Bantam Classics. As strickland pursues his artistic vision, he leaves London for Paris and Tahiti, and in his quest makes sacrifices that leave the lives of those closest to him in tatters.
Charles strickland is a staid banker, a man of wealth and privilege. Based on the life of Paul Gauguin, The Moon and Sixpence is W. He is also a man possessed of an unquenchable desire to create art. Somerset maugham's ode to the powerful forces behind creative genius.
The Bachelor of Arts Phoenix FictionUniversity Of Chicago Press - . Sampath, a newspaper man tries to keep his paper afloat in the face of social and economic changes sweeping India. Vintage Books USA. Comparable to one's first reaction to the great Russian novels: the fresh realization of the common humanity of all peoples, underlain by a simultaneous sense of strangeness—like one's own reflection seen in a green twilight.
Margaret parton, New York Herald Tribune Bantam Classics. K. Narayan traces life in the fictional town of Malgudi. Narayan writes of youth and young adulthood in the semiautobiographical Swami and Friends and The Bachelor of Arts. Shrink-wrapped. Although the ordinary tensions of maturing are heightened by the particular circumstances of pre-partition India, Narayan provides a universal vision of childhood, early love and grief.
The Bachelor of Arts Phoenix Fiction - The experience of reading one of his novels is. There are writers—tolstoy and henry james to name two—whom we hold in awe, writers—Turgenev and Chekhov—for whom we feel a personal affection, other writers whom we respect—Conrad for example—but who hold us at a long arm's length with their 'courtly foreign grace.
Narayan whom i don't hesitate to name in such a context more than any of them wakes in me a spring of gratitude, for he has offered me a second home. The dark room is a searching look at a difficult marriage and a woman who eventually rebels against the demands of being a good and obedient wife. In Mr.
Collected Short Stories: Volume 1 Penguin Twentieth-Century ClassicsPenguin Classics - They include "rain, " "the three fat women of Antibes, " "The Voice of the Turtle, " and "Before the Party. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. Shrink-wrapped. With more than 1, 700 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.
Vintage Books USA. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. Bantam Classics. These 30 short stories, are set in locations ranging from England, comprising Somerset Maugham's first collection, France and Spain to the silver sands of the South Pacific.