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#DailyBookQuote 12Mar13 : Somerset Maugham’s Of Human Bondage

#DailyBookQuote : 12th March 2013

Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage

“The secret to life is meaningless unless you discover it yourself.”

–          Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

  • Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham

Of Human Bondage is considered to be an autobiographical work by Somerset Maugham. 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 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 more 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 Vidal Commentary by Theodore Dreiser and Graham Greene.

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