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Of Human Bondage review ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB It is very difficult for a writer of my generation if he is honest to pretend indifference to the work of Somerset Maugham wrote Gore Vidal He was always so entirely there        Originally published in 1915 Of Human Bondage is a potent expression of the power of sexual obsession and of modern man's yearning for freedom This classic bildungsroman tells the story of Philip Carey a sensitive boy born with. A lot of this book is uite harrowing you know the drill young boy orphaned and alone in the world and being brought up by people without affection Public school nightmares a child with a deformity that causes him shame all his lifeI was not surprised to learn that Maugham was homosexual or bisexual or trisexual or whatever it was that he was There are subtle hints to the fact throughout the book Young Philip the central character rather than protagonist I think as there is something of the antagonist about him too fascinated me His loss of faith for example happens so simply that it had a real ring of truth about it much of the book is autobiographical and this seemed particularly so here well to me anyway This was not always the case There were things that happened in the book where I struggled with the suddenness of his discoveries where Philip finally determines the meaning of life from a Persian carpet for example the meaning being pretty much Nietzschean pointlessness relieved by recognising life as a work of art seemed a little sudden for me I tend not to have such revelational moments in my life but I guess I should not deny them to othersHis furious passion and ardent love for Mildred a slut and callous bitch if there ever was one is all a bit much But if the definition of a good novel is how often it gets one to call out No Philip not that then this is a great novel Again I ve been lucky in that I ve never loved someone completely in the way Philip does not in a way that is insensible to how terribly they have treated me and how completely indifferent they are to me So perhaps in this too I am lesser than PhilipMaugham defined himself as among the first of the second rate Philip goes off to study painting in Paris and leaves when he realises he will never be than mediocre as a painter and the life of penury that being a painter would necessitate could hardly be justified if he was only ever going to be second rate The uestion what is art and how does one know one has the gift is a constant theme of the early part of the bookThe conclusion is hard to say there is much talk in the book that reminds me of Wordsworth the artist shows the world how to see and how to feel But there is also a terrible pointlessness to art In the end I think art isn t what one does because what is produced is good or bad it is what one does because there is no other choice And for most of us there are always other choicesRepeatedly as someone is about to die Philip is struck by how pointless their lives have been In the end Philip is grateful for his acceptance of the meaninglessness of his existence which reminds me of that uote from Stendhal God s only excuse is that he does not exist There is a terribly interesting scene towards the end of the novel where this is brought home with full power It is a favourite ploy of the faithful to think that atheists on their death beds convert to join in hope of salvation While his uncle is dying and Philip has been sitting contemplating murdering the old man to relieve his own intolerable poverty he knows the old man is almost panic stricken at the idea of losing his life This resolves differently to how I expected leaving room for the faithful to celebrate at the comfort their faith offers in the end but it seems a somewhat hollow victory when their own saviour s last words were Oh Father Father why hast thou forsaken me The central idea of this book is that life has no meaning no overarching meaning that most of life is pain and bitterness and at times punctuated by tiny moments of joy and happiness and these ought to be accepted and celebrated eually both the pain and the joy as part of the tapestry of life Love is almost impossible and is never eual it is a sad and bitter visionIn the end the real lesson seems to be to live in the present I would have liked to have read this book years ago I m terribly sorry I have only read it now for the first time I would have liked to have read it when I was 18 when I would have had no means to understand it I would have liked to have had it with me during darker times than this It was uite a read and I enjoyed it if enjoyed is at all the right word very much Parasite rather than protagonist I think as there is something of the antagonist about him too fascinated me His loss of faith for example happens so simply that it had a Fifteen Weekends real Tears from Iron Cultural Responses toFamine in Nineteenth Century China Asia Local StudiesGlobal Themes ring of truth about it much of the book is autobiographical and this seemed particularly so here well to me anyway This was not always the case There were things that happened in the book where I struggled with the suddenness of his discoveries where Philip finally determines the meaning of life from a Persian carpet for example the meaning being pretty much Nietzschean pointlessness Heimat A Critical Theory of the German Idea of Homeland Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture relieved by Crooked Cucumber The Life and Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki recognising life as a work of art seemed a little sudden for me I tend not to have such Waiting in the Wings revelational moments in my life but I guess I should not deny them to othersHis furious passion and ardent love for Mildred a slut and callous bitch if there ever was one is all a bit much But if the definition of a good novel is how often it gets one to call out No Philip not that then this is a great novel Again I ve been lucky in that I ve never loved someone completely in the way Philip does not in a way that is insensible to how terribly they have treated me and how completely indifferent they are to me So perhaps in this too I am lesser than PhilipMaugham defined himself as among the first of the second A Life On Film rate Philip goes off to study painting in Paris and leaves when he To Vegas and Back realises he will never be than mediocre as a painter and the life of penury that being a painter would necessitate could hardly be justified if he was only ever going to be second How to Read Foucaults Discipline and Punish rate The uestion what is art and how does one know one has the gift is a constant theme of the early part of the bookThe conclusion is hard to say there is much talk in the book that Catch a Falling Star reminds me of Wordsworth the artist shows the world how to see and how to feel But there is also a terrible pointlessness to art In the end I think art isn t what one does because what is produced is good or bad it is what one does because there is no other choice And for most of us there are always other choicesRepeatedly as someone is about to die Philip is struck by how pointless their lives have been In the end Philip is grateful for his acceptance of the meaninglessness of his existence which நெடுங்குருதிNedum Kuruthi reminds me of that uote from Stendhal God s only excuse is that he does not exist There is a terribly interesting scene towards the end of 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Of Human Bondage review ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB On and freedom        Here is a novel of the utmost importance wrote Theodore Dreiser on publication It is a beacon of light by which the wanderer may be guided One feels as though one were sitting before a splendid Shiraz of priceless texture and intricate weave admiring feeling responding sensually to its colors and tonesWith an Introduction by Gore VidalCommentary by Theodore Dreiser and Graham Greene. The best novel I ve read that wrestles with the meaning of life was once The Razor s Edge by W Somerset Maugham That honor now belongs to Of Human Bondage written by Maugham thirty nine years earlier This voluminous passionate epic of ideas and expectations concerns one Philip Carey born with a club foot in London in the 1880s as he journeys into adulthood encumbering relationships and suspending them searching for his calling and his own answer to the uestion posed by so many 20th century artists but few as elouently as Maugham What Is LifePhilip is introduced as a child in 1885 His father a surgeon with a good practice died unexpectedly of blood poisoning He s survived by a pregnant wife in fragile health and a son Philip A poor manager of money Mrs Carey encounters misfortune when she delivers a stillborn son and passes away Philip s paternal uncle William vicar of Blackstable arrives to take custody of his nephew raising him sixty miles from London with his wife Louisa The childless couple are all thumbs when it comes to parenting The vicar is a thrifty obtuse man while his wife suffers uietly under his lack of affection but raise their nephew as if he was their ownRaised in the vicarage where he bathes no than once per week in a tub near the kitchen boiler in the same manner his uncle aunt and their maid Mary Ann do on opposite days of the week Philip has few peers his own age and grows into the solitary often lonely life of an only child Forbidden from playing games on Sundays and brought to tears over being assigned the memorization of collects from the prayer book Philip is handed an illustrated book his aunt sneaks from her husband s study A lifelong passion for books begins One day a good fortune befell him for he hit upon Lane s translation of The Thousand Nights and a Night He was captured first by the illustrations and then he began to read to start with the stories that dealt with magic and then the others and those he liked he read again and again He could think of nothing else He forgot the life about him He had to be called two or three times before he would come to his dinner 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 the every day a source of bitter disappointment Presently he began to read other things His brain was precocious His uncle and aunt seeing that he occupied himself and neither worried nor made a noise ceased to trouble themselves about him Mr Carey had so many books that he did not know them and as he read little he forgot the odd lots he had bought at one time and another because they were cheap Haphazard among the sermons and homilies the travels the lives of the Saints the Fathers the histories of the church were old fashioned novels and these Philip at last discovered He chose them by their titles and the first he read was The Lancashire Witches and then he read The Admirable Crichton and then many Whenever he started a book with two solitary travelers riding along the brink of a desperate ravine he knew he was safeAt the age of nine Philip is sent to King s School at Tercanbury where the neighboring clergy send their sons for their primary education His club foot rules him out of sports and is often made a target of ridicule among the other boys but even after his deformity is accepted and ignored it remains a source of sensitivity for him Accepting everything he reads Philip believes the Bible and becomes a devout boy Assured by his uncle and others that the power of faith can move mountains Philip prays for God to give him a normal foot The lack of results leads Philip to uestion for the first time what he s read or been toldPhilip develops a cutting sense of humor and is ultimately befriended by a boy named Rose whose attention flatters Philip and before leading to jealousy When Rose abandons Philip for a new best friend Philip loses all interest in school or sours on a scholarship to Oxford He announces his desire to study in Germany and resisting all attempts by adults to sway Philip to finish one thing before he starts another the boy eventually gets his wish A friend of his aunt s recommends a boarding house in Heidelberg run by a professor In Heidelberg free to rise and study at his leisure Philip learns some German a bit of French but is mostly schooled by the personalities of the boarders he meets An Englishman named Hayward is son of a county judge a lover of literature and Roman Catholicism he s an idealist and recommends many books to his new acolyte which Philip devours An American philosophy student named Weeks sees Hayward less as a poet and of a waster and with deliberate self assurance calls the Englishman out on his inconsistencies during their fireside chats Philip continues his education One of the things that Philip had heard definitely stated was the the unbeliever was a wicked and vicious man but Weeks though he believed in hardly anything that Philip believed led a life of Christian purity Philip had received little kindness in his life and he was touched by the American s desire to help him once when a cold kept him in bed for three days Weeks nursed him like a mother there was neither vice nor wickedness in him but only sincerity and loving kindness It was evidently possible to be virtuous and unbelievingReturning to Blackstable after three months Philip meets Miss Wilkinson daughter of his uncle s last rector whose exact age becomes a frustrating riddle to the boy as he becomes taken with her Having worked as a governess in Berlin and Paris Miss Wilkinson thrills Philip with her tales of being seduced by an art student in the City of Lights Philip sets his mind to seducing the older woman As for his future Philip sits on a meager fortune of only two thousand pounds and eager to go to London it is recommended by the family lawyer that Philip apprentice as a chartered accountant Philip greets loneliness in London and what at that time seems like misery Socializing with few people other than his fellow clerks he s bored to death by the work He begins making sketches on company stationary to pass the time and while a career in accounting begins to look dim he s compelled by Hayward to devote his life to the only two things that matter love and art The idea grabs hold of Philip and when his apprenticeship at the accounting firm expires he bucks the expectations of his uncle and with some financial assistance from his aunt is off on his next great adventure studying art in Paris As in his last foreign experience Philip falls in immediately with his fellow students in Paris He grows close with a conceited disagreeable art student named Fanny Price Philip finds her paintings atrocious and her hygiene nearly as bad while her poorly communicated affections for him grow Philip wonders whether he has what it takes to be a successful artist and falls under the spell of a penniless drunk and writer named Cronshaw who the art students tell knew all the greats Cronshaw tells Philip where he can find the answers to all his uestions Have you ever been to the Cluny the museum There you will see Persian carpets of the most exuisite hue and of a pattern the beautiful intricacy of which delights and amazes the eye In them you will see the mystery and the sensual beauty of the East the roses of Hafiz and the wine cup of Omar but presently you will see You were asking just now what was the meaning of life Go and look at those Persian carpets and one of these days the answer will come to youYou are cryptic said PhilipI am drunk answered CronshawW Somerset Maugham saw Of Human Bondage published in 1915 but if fleeting mention of year was redacted within the novel it would be impossible to determine whether his story takes place in 1900 1950 or 2000 The book is completely devoid of trends fashions or popular culture and is passionate witty and vivacious for it Edith Wharton is one of my favorite authors but even with her I feel claustrophobia of the early 20th century as if sueezed inside an hour glass and being smothered Maugham transcends era He could be writing about characters and conversations taking place at the corner coffeehouse His wisdom is nearly as impressive as his language It is a mixed lot which enters upon the medical profession and naturally there are some who are lazy and reckless They think it is an easy life idle away a couple of years and then because their funds come to an end or because angry parents refuse any longer to support them drift away from the hospital Others find the examinations too hard for them one failure after another robs them of their nerve and panic stricken they forget as soon as they come into the forbidding buildings of the Conjoint Board the knowledge which before they had so pat They remain year after year objects of good humoured scorn to younger men some of them crawl through the examination of the Apothecaries Hall others become non ualified assistants a precarious position in which they are at the mercy of their employer their lot is poverty drunkenness and Heaven only knows their end Of Human Bondage is a thick novel but a thrilling one Maugham is a storyteller first and foremost He introduces one of the great villains of literature in Mildred Rogers an ice ueen Philip becomes inexplicably enad with in London and is nearly destroyed by in a manner I found too familar Likewise the charismatic friends who come and go the aunt who loves than is loved the dead end job the family member on their death bed I recognized from my own life Maugham takes the reader on a search for the meaning of life but does so without peddling hokey sermons Instead before there were even such a thing as documentaries he structures the novel like one focusing on a boy as he moves through childhood and into adulthood There are many stops along the way and times I expected the novel to settle down kick up its feet and explore one relationship or one travelogue all the way through Instead the story moves on just like a life Kaffe med rån responding sensually to its colors and tonesWith an Introduction by Gore VidalCommentary by Theodore Dreiser and Graham Greene. 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Of Human Bondage review ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB A clubfoot who is orphaned and raised by a religious aunt and uncle Philip yearns for adventure and at eighteen leaves home eventually pursuing a career as an artist in Paris When he returns to London to study medicine he meets the androgynous but alluring Mildred and begins a doomed love affair that will change the course of his life There is no powerful story of sexual infatuation of human longing for connecti. I love the main character in this book so much I was sad to say a final goodbye to him after spending 700 perfect pages with him Of Human Bondage is now among my favourite books of all times inspiring so many reflections that my copy of the book is full of scrap paper with uotes and referencesSomerset Maugham explains in his introduction that he felt compelled to write down this story as it was tormenting his memory in order to free himself from the ghosts of the past It is not strictly autobiographical but reflects on his experience As a successful playwright he must have been well acuainted with the theatre device of catharsis in the Aristotelian sense of the word and in a way the character of Philip Carey might have eased the author s pain and relieved him from his struggles with himself But Philip Carey is NOT just a imaginative portrait of a specific person he is the very essence of a uestioning searching human being experimenting with life and its meaningEven if Philip comes to the conclusion in the end that life has no meaning this is not to be taken as defeat In fact it gives him the uttermost freedom to create his own life pattern choosing form and colour freely and according to mood and circumstances After Philip broke off his art studies in Paris someone told him that those two years were a waste of time and Philip answered something to the effect of Not at all for I have learned to see the shadow of that tree branch on the grass and the blue sky I wouldn t have been able to see my environment without those experiences I find so much wisdom in that attitude Learning to see the world fully and with pleasure can never be a waste of time just because it does not lead to a professional development Reading Of Human Bondage does not help me professionally but it makes me feel aliveThe eternal drama of desire and disappointment in love reminded me of Sartre s conception of Hell where all characters are bound by unreciprocated desire Somerset Maugham s outlook is somewhat less depressing though as life goes on and new possibilities open up all the time In fact the reader leaves Philip at the moment when he finally decides to get married and anyone who has embarked on the adventure of marriage knows that the story does not end there Somerset Maugham could easily have filled another 700 pages on Philip s accumulated experience during the first ten years of marriage and possible fatherhood not to mention old age I would not have wanted a seuel to this story under any circumstances as it is perfectly complete such as it is but the message clearly is life goes on it has no objective meaning but you are in charge of creating the pattern you preferWhatever happened to him now would be motive to add to the complexity of the pattern and when the end approached he would rejoice in its completion It would be a work of art and it would be none the less beautiful because he alone knew of its existence and with his death it would at once cease to bePhilip was happyThis idea of life as a work of art meaningless but beautiful reminds me of Oscar Wilde a contemporary of this novel All Art Is uite Useless he said in full praise of the only thing that exists without any practical reason solely for the pleasure of wit and beautyMust read Love it