Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham

Of Human Bondage

byW. Somerset Maugham

Kobo ebook | February 28, 2006

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The first and most autobiographical of Maugham's masterpieces. It is the story of Philip Carey, an orphan eager for life, love and adventure. After a few months studying in Heidelberg, and a brief spell in Paris as a would-be artist, he settles in London to train as a doctor where he meets Mildred, the loud but irresistible waitress with whom he plunges into a tortured and masochistic affair.

Title:Of Human BondageFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 28, 2006Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0553902377

ISBN - 13:9780553902372

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from An alright classic This took me a while to re-read. It's a wonderful story through it's ups and downs. I haven't read anything like this since The Fountainhead or East of Eden many years ago. I've dog-eared a lot of pages for quotes that spoke to me, and I think that makes a good book. Of Human Bondage follows the life of Philip Carrey from childhood to adulthood. I felt so sympathetic to his moods as a child, but in adulthood he was insufferable. Reviewers comment on how awful his on-and-off girlfriend Mildred is, but Philip is a selfish, pathetic creep! Ugh. At every turn. It was interesting to see the frame of mind behind someone being cuckolded but it was enraging to read him make the same mistakes in life over and over. I'm glad I re-read it as an adult. Even if it is a longer read, clocking in at just under 700 pages, it's a worthwhile classic.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic great story and characters
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant A masterpiece that reflects 20 th century sexual angst
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from just ok I didn't love it and I didn't hate it. But I didn't necessarily enjoy it either.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Totally worth it I had wanted to read this book for a long, long time and I’m very happy that I now have. It beautifully and powerfully tells the story of Philip Carey’s life from the time of his mother’s death (when he is nine-years-old) until he makes some important decisions in his early thirties. His is a hard life, given his clubfoot and his long-lasting love of acrimonious Mildred. And at times, it’s a plodding life. Yet Philip’s life (believed to be autobiographical of Maugham’s) is what makes the book beautiful. Maugham wisely and poignantly expresses all the subtle intricacies we face, along with the foibles and major hurdles.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A True Classic! I really enjoyed reading Maugham's novel. It was smart, funny, and insightful all at the same time. A must read coming of age novel for anyone willing to commit to a lengthy read.
Date published: 2009-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Timeless "Insensibly he formed the most delightful habit in the world, the habit of reading: he did not know that thus he was providing himself with a refuge from all the distress of life; he did not know either that he was creating for himself an unreal world which would make the real world of every day a bitter disappointment." "When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me"
Date published: 2008-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Of Human Bondage This book could have been written in 1999. A timeless tale of the endurance of the human spirit.
Date published: 1999-05-29