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( Read E-pub ) ⚡ Of Human Bondage ⚸ 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 , 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 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 connection 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 tones With an Introduction by Gore VidalCommentary by Theodore Dreiser and Graham Greene When Chocolate Milk Moved in if he is honest Ice to pretend indifference to the work of Somerset Maugham God's Final Warning To America wrote Gore Vidal He was always so entirely there Originally published in Elf Warfare 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 The Billion Dollar Boy a sensitive boy born with a clubfoot who is orphaned and raised by a religious aunt and uncle Philip yearns for adventure The Billion Dollar Boy and at eighteen leaves home Goths Cage eventually pursuing a career as an artist in Paris When he returns to London to study medicine Without You 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 Dungeon Deposed of human longing for connection and freedom Here is a novel of the utmost importance Battle Leadership 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 LAlienista admiring L'Alienista feeling Lady Cupido responding sensually to its colors and tones With an Introduction by Gore VidalCommentary by Theodore Dreiser and Graham Greene What is the meaning of life Well, the answer seems to be hidden in a scrap of Persian rug.This is the story of an unforgettable fictional character named Philip Carey and his extremely tumultuous and tormented life from age 9 thru 30.Poor Philip is only nine years of age when his beloved mother dies in childbirth and he is sent off to the vicarage to live with his strict, overbearing Uncle William and loving Aunt Louisa Born with a club foot and small for his age, Philip is shy and embarrass What is the meaning of life Well, the answer seems to be hidden in a scrap of Persian rug.This is the story of an unforgettable fictional character named Philip Carey and his extremely tumultuous and tormented life from age 9 thru 30.Poor Philip is only nine years of age when his beloved mother dies in childbirth and he is sent off to the vicarage to live with his strict, overbearing Uncle William and loving Aunt Louisa Born with a club foot and small for his age, Philip is shy and embarrassed by his deformity and is often lonely and pegged an outcast.In his search for freedom and affection, OF HUMAN BONDAGE descriptively depicts Philip s various vocations, friendships, precarious love life and education..as well as his love of books 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 source of bitter disappointment Throughout the reading of this complex semi autobiographical novel, I often became so frustrated with Philip that I just wanted to shake his obsession with the vile, grungy waitress Mildred right out of him OMGOSH..he was so gullible and indecisive, it drove me crazyBUT he was also a kind, likeable character generous to an indescribable fault, good hearted and most of allwilling to forgive.Originally published in 1915, this memorable classic is one hell of an intimate tale of human relationships What a story THIS BOOK IS ABOUT A GUY WITH A CLUBFOOT HIS GIRLFRIENDS A BITCH I fell in love with this book it spoke to me, and I will aways have a strong affection for it After three weeks of opening its pages virtually every night, I now find myself saddened that I can no longer turn to it How can anything else compare Of Human Bondage is a classic in every positive sense of the word Aside from The Brothers Karamazov, it is the only book I ve read, whereupon finishing, I was able to say to myself This novel is life itself it contains all of its complexities, em I fell in love with this book it spoke to me, and I will aways have a strong affection for it After three weeks of opening its pages virtually every night, I now find myself saddened that I can no longer turn to it How can anything else compare Of Human Bondage is a classic in every positive sense of the word Aside from The Brothers Karamazov, it is the only book I ve read, whereupon finishing, I was able to say to myself This novel is life itself it contains all of its complexities, emotions, and meaning Everything that you need to know about life is in this book All that is life, is this The main character, Philip Carrey, who was born with a clubfoot and a taciturn temperment , is a different sort of lad yet he manages to be understandable and human He is intelligent and introspective, has a strong passion for the arts and adventure and, though he s rather introverted, even hardheaded at times means well and would do just about anything for his fellow human being Being inside Philip s head and watching the ramifications of his decisions as he grows into a man, is at times harrowing other times, vitalizing it conjures up many emotions the reader receives a full and enriching experience of a life truly lived Maugham s wikipedia page is slightly critical of his writing, stating that he s lost critical acclaim as a great author, and that few modern day writers count him as an influence This is sad, and upon reading it, I was both astounded and appalled, because the prose in this novel is exquisite I was constantly swept off my feet by Maugham s ability to display the wretched and beautiful in smoothly written, truthful waysBut he could not tell what that significance was It was like a message which it was very important for him to receive, but it was given him in an unknown tongue, and he could not understand He was always seeking for a meaning in life, and here it seemed to him that a meaning was offered but it was obscure and vague He was profoundly troubled He saw what looked like the truth as by flashes of lightning on a dark, stormy night you might see a mountain range He seemed to see that a man need not leave his life to chance, but that his will was powerful he seemed to see that self control might be as passionate and as active as the surrender to passion he seemed to see that the inward life might be as manifold, as varied, as rich with experience, as the life of one who conquered realms and explored unknown lands This novel had its affect on me for many different reasons, but two personal, empirical reasons quickly come to mind One is that having had problems myself, for a period of time, due to a physical deformity of sorts, I was able to relate to Philip s embarrasment and resentment of his clubfoot, and how it affected his personality and his dealings with others I remember thinking to myself, How does Maugham express these emotions so perfectly He must have had a similar experience himself And sure enough, I later found through wikipedia heh that Maugham had a very serious stuttering problem that made him a bit of an outcast The other personal, empirical reason is that for a period of time, while in college, I fell hard for a girl that had no interest in me whatsoever I lied to myself that she liked me, I kept treating her wonderfully, and held onto and practically lived upon her every word Pathetic, really very pathetic Philip went through thisdrastically, and with a much colder woman than was my college crush but still, it brought back memories and emotions I could empathize I could relate In fact, on a number of occasions as Philip was dealing with this, I found myself gritting my teeth and wincing Philip Carrey is one of only a few literary characters that I know will stay with me ten years from now he is imprinted within me With all of Philip s difficult experiences and the manifold of deep emotions felt therein , Of Human Bondage is the perfect novel with relation to self discovery and growing up In addtion, it has all the existentialism, philosophical inquiry, and ideas of a great Dostoevsky novel The way I felt about this book can, in part, be articulated from something Philip himself saidPartly for pleasure, because it s a habit and I m just as uncomfortable if I don t read as if I don t smoke, and partly to know myself 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 I ve got out of the book all that s any use to me, and I can t get anythingif I read it a dozen times You see, it seems to me, one s like a closed bud, and most of what one reads and does has no effect at all but there are certain things that have a peculiar significance for one, and they open a petal and the petals open one by one and at last the flower is thereI realize that in this quote Philip was speaking of specific parts of books how certain passages and ideas stick with him over time that they can reveal parts of himself and, in conjunction with other passages from other books, slowly unfold what life to him truly means But you see, I feel slightly differently than Philip about this I believe that there are individual novels out there that, when taken as a whole, can provide the reader with an overall truth about life that goes far beyond any collection of passages from various reads These novels are so rare and special, and their affect so profound, that one is lucky to come across a few of them in the course of an entire life And this, my friends, to me, was one of those novels A lot of this book is quite 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 life.I 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 some A lot of this book is quite 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 life.I 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 others.His 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 Philip.Maugham 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 bethan 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 question what is art and how does one know one has the gift is a constant theme of the early part of the book.The 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 choices.Repeatedly, 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 quote 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 equally both the pain and the joy as part of the tapestry of life Love is almost impossible and is never equal it is a sad and bitter vision.In 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 quite a read and I enjoyed it, if enjoyed is at all the right word, very much