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  • Title: The Moon and Sixpence
  • Author: W. Somerset Maugham Robert Calder
  • ISBN: 9780143039341
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of the novels that galvanized W Somerset Maugham s reputation as a literary masterThe Moon and Sixpence follows the life of one Charles Strickland, a bourgeois city gent whose dull exterior conceals the soul of a genius Compulsive and impassioned, he abandons his home, wife, and children to devote himself slavishly to painting In a tiny studio in Paris, he fills canOne of the novels that galvanized W Somerset Maugham s reputation as a literary masterThe Moon and Sixpence follows the life of one Charles Strickland, a bourgeois city gent whose dull exterior conceals the soul of a genius Compulsive and impassioned, he abandons his home, wife, and children to devote himself slavishly to painting In a tiny studio in Paris, he fills canvas after canvas, refusing to sell or even exhibit his work Beset by poverty, sickness, and his own intransigent, unscrupulous nature, he drifts to Tahiti, where, even after being blinded by leprosy, he produces some of his most extraordinary works of art Inspired by the life of Paul Gauguin, The Moon and Sixpence is an unforgettable study of a man possessed by the need to create regardless of the cost to himself and to others.For than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines 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.
    The Moon and Sixpence One of the novels that galvanized W Somerset Maugham s reputation as a literary masterThe Moon and Sixpence follows the life of one Charles Strickland a bourgeois city gent whose dull exterior concea

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    1. Fair warning, this is going to be a long review for this is a book that is close to my heart written by an author whom I deeply admire.The Right TimeThere are some books that walk into your life at an opportune time I m talking about the books that send a pleasant shiver down your spine laden with Man, this is meant to be as you flip through its pages cursorily Or those that upon completion, demand an exclamation from every book reading fibre of your body to the effect of There couldn t have bee [...]

    2. Art is a manifestation of emotion, and emotion speaks a language that all may understand W Somerset Maugham, The Moon and SixpenceI d only ever read one Maugham before this Of Human Bondage but even with just that one read I could tell Maugham was a very special writer and destined to be one of my favourites I picked up this thin book thinking it would be a quick, simple read, but I wasn t prepared for the depth and profundity in it There is a lot going on in this little book, lots to think abou [...]

    3. We want the world We want it all We want the moon And still it s not enough.It s my long term goal to read everything Maguham wrote, a goal that I doubt will be very difficult to reach He writes with such poignant observation and wit and in The Moon and Sixpence he captures the all encompassing, obsessive and brutal nature that perhaps it takes to be an artist.Told by an unnamed narrator, we are introduced to Charles Strickland, a beastly yet seemingly ordinary man who one day leaves his wife, h [...]

    4. The Moon and Sixpence, W Somerset Maugham The Moon and Sixpence is a novel by W Somerset Maugham first published in 1919 It is told in episodic form by a first person narrator, in a series of glimpses into the mind and soul of the central character Charles Strickland, a middle aged English stockbroker, who abandons his wife and children abruptly to pursue his desire to become an artist The story is in part based on the life of the painter Paul Gauguin 1970 1991 1333 263 1344 263 1362 334 1370 35 [...]

    5. Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestI m working my way through an omnibus edition of Maugham s work, and man, he can write I m torn between the impulse to swim leisurely through his prose or just gleefully cannonball into it Unlike some writers of this time, Maugham is not particularly flowery, but he has an interesting way of presenting ideas and constructing sentences that makes you want to read over them several times, just to appreciate their ideas and formON AND SIXPENCE, which could just a [...]

    6. my affection for this book may, in part, stem from the fact that it was one of those novels that i read at a period in my life when my tastes in both literature and life outlook were taking shape that is, while playing hooky from high school but its appeal has endured far than the other usual suspects in that category kerouac s meanderings, pirsig s pretentions, etc apart from its romantic appeal to the Quiet and Solitary Youth demographic of which i was a card carrying member i think that s du [...]

    7. This novel is by far my favorite account of an artist s life in fiction.The story of Charles Strickland is based on Paul Gauguin s life To what extent, I don t know What I do know is that there is something infinitely irresistible about how artistry is portrayed in this novel I love the idea that a real artist creates art because he cannot not to That all other aspects of his life family, money, acclaim, food even are secondary to his desire to create Strickland is remarkable in his drive to pai [...]

    8. It must be said up front that I am a huge fan of Maugham I like his writing style, which always makes me feel as if I am sitting with a friend and he is telling me about someone he actually knows With this conversational tone, Maugham leads you into the depths of the human soul and sometimes leaves you to find your own way out Based very loosely on the life of Paul Gauguin, this novel is a study in how much a true artist will do for the sake of his art not only how much he will endure, but how m [...]

    9. This was a perfect follow up to Fabrizio Dori s Gauguin, a graphic novel I reviewed earlier in the month Maugham s short novel functioned like a prequel for me because, whereas Dori focuses on the artist Paul Gauguin s later life in the South Pacific, Maugham concentrates on his similar character Charles Strickland s attempt to make a living as a painter in Paris.The Moon and Sixpence the unusual title comes from the TLS reviewer s description of the protagonist in Of Human Bondage as so absorbe [...]

    10. Beguiling Roman clef of French painter Paul Gauguin and An Artiste s Obsessive Quest for Beauty 4.3 stars This rather short novel is Maugham s intriguing, thought provoking study of the life of the painter Paul Gauguin 1848 1903 , and partly his mockery of society s ready willingness to turn sinners into saints, as well as a sobering look at an artist s lifelong pursuit of beauty, at whatever the cost to himself or to loved ones.Gaugin was a despicable misogynist and a dreadfully negative person [...]

    11. Someone would have had to physically pry this book out of my clutches last night to get me to eat dinner Finished it in five hours flat without intending anything of the sort I couldn t put it down I know I say this a lot but Maugham, goddamn But who can fathom the subtleties of the human heart Certainly not those who expect from it only decorous sentiments and normal emotions And this I remember saying to him Look here, if everyone acted like you, the world couldn t go on That s a damned silly [...]

    12. Maugham s fictional biography of an artist whose life is based on that of Paul Gaughin, explores the nature of obsession and the creative urge The central character, Charles Strickland, is a thoroughly unlikeable man selfish, lacking in empathy and able to abandon his wife and children without a second thought And yet, as unsympathetic as Maugham makes Strickland, his compulsive pursuit of beauty is understandable This is short, powerful and accessible, written in Maugham s beautifully clear pro [...]

    13. I thought this 1919 novel was amazing W Somerset Maugham s use of language and his psychological insights fascinated me Told by an anonymous narrator, a writer, it is the story of the life and personality of one Charles Strickland, a bland, steady, unremarkable London stockbroker who left his career and family, moved to Paris, and became a painter whose paintings were viewed by few people, most of whom thought they were awful Eventually he moved to and died in Tahiti, achieving great posthumous [...]

    14. It would be a mistake to read this novel as an inspiring tale of the triumph of the spirit Strickland is an appalling human being but the world itself, Maugham seems to say, is a cruel, forbidding place The author toys with theidea that men like Charles Strickland may somehow be closer to the mad pulse of life, and cannot therefore be dismissed as mere egotists The moralists among us, the book suggests, are simply shrinking violets if not outright hypocrites It is not a very cheery conception of [...]

    15. Gran bel libro I primi 3 4 capitoli sono molto lenti e quasi scoraggiano il lettore, ma poi la storia decolla e seguiamo la trasformazione di Strikland da impiegato londinese a pittore nei bassifondi di Parigi e a Tahiti un personaggio strano freddo, determinato a vivere per l arte, anaffettivo Non esita a travolgere quello che si frappone tra lui e il suo destino emblematico quello che succede con Stroeve e sua moglie fino al finale agghiacciante, ma per certi aspetti anche catartico.Bella l id [...]

    16. I admire Maugham s writing I loved The Razor s Edge But I didn t enjoy this book The extreme misogyny of most of the characters really bothered me don t tell me it s an accurate depiction of social s of the time else I shall have to throw some other books from 1919 at you In this book, Charles Strickland leaves his wife children after 17 years of a conventional life passionately pursues his art through starvation being an utter prick in Paris then goes to Tahiti where his art really blossoms sin [...]

    17. How much do we forgive a great, talented, artist, who is also a despicable human being Will his admirers look the other way, thinking since he is no longer around and no harm can be done by him, it is all right now to forgive, and forget, besides, he didn t do anything to their family, but to other peopleShakespeare said, The evil that men do lives after them the good is oft interred with their bones Englishman Charles Strickland, a thinly disguised Paul Gauguin, is one of those men, selfish, c [...]

    18. This book is awesome It s about a middle aged English stockbroker who gives up his family, job and everything and moves to Paris to live his dream of being a poverty stricken painter Still not satisfied, after he has learned the basics he works his way by sea to Tahiti and goes native, living only to paint, and ultimately dying in the midst of his ultimate creation and his new family Selfish Yes Irresponsible Yes But you only live once If you have a dream don t let conventions and routine bind y [...]

    19. Don t repeat my mistake I chose this book because I thought it would give me a better understanding of Paul Gauguin s life and inner thoughts This is instead a book of fiction Maugham creates a new story from a few of the well known facts about Paul Gauguin Gauguin was a stockbroker who left his wife and family to paint Maugham creates the fictional character Charles Strickland He too is a stockbroker who leaves his family Both go to Tahiti Neither receives recognition for their artistic talent [...]

    20. Since I last read a full length novel, at the end of August 2012 , I ve watched c 450 films that s a quarter of the total number of films I ve seen in my life I think this has led to a new set of likes and dislikes in the way a story is communicated, which may be as much about written fiction per se as about this book in particular.Quite my favourite thing was Maugham s authorial voice wise, certain and given to bold idiosyncratic statements which not all will agree with, and not all of which ha [...]

    21. A book about genius and the artistic process The story is told by a man who knew Strickland, years after the artist s death The format of the novel reminded me of Citizen Kane The narrator relates both first and second hand info about Strickland s life The novel is sort of divided into two parts, with the first part portraying Strickland from society s view his behavior towards people, than his painting , and the last part showing Strickland s psychology and artistic process from the artist s v [...]

    22. Quite an insightful read into the behaviours of men and women, of course I picked it up sooner due a recommendation from a friend and I say, it surpassed my expectations Though it s not very long book, the description never seemed lacking and one can easily picture and feel the surroundings And the paintings too The characters, though make short and fleeting appearances, are unforgettable The events and the situations they face are intricately unfolded that I was marvelled how a few paragraphs c [...]

    23. Se guardi a terra in cerca di una moneta da sei pence, non puoi guardare in alto, e cos non vedi la luna Ecco spiegato, dalle parole di Maugham stesso, il significato del titolo del romanzo In esse riassunto il senso del racconto della vita di Charles Strickland, che di punto in bianco abbandona la vita agiata in una famiglia alto borghese londinese per seguire il demone che fino ad allora era stato in agguato dentro di lui e all improvviso esploso con la violenza di un uragano che travolge ogni [...]

    24. I bought The Moon and Sixpence years ago But looking back on it now, I m not sure what first attracted me to the book I ve never been an especially ardent admirer of visual art, nor do I recall ever having heard the name W Somerset Maugham brought up in conversion Maybe I just liked the cover design Penguin Black Classics standard, featuring a detail from Gauguin s Self Portrait with Christ Or maybe I was intrigued by the quaint and enigmatic and vaguely antiquated Englishness of the title.In an [...]

    25. I can t imagine ever disliking a Maugham book I may just like some than I like others I feel that he has to be the most quotable author of all time When I read his work, I highlight so much that stands out for me The enormity of this man s talent just leaves me in awe His words flow like fluid from the pages He gives you so much to reflect on.This book is great, but I don t think I liked it quite as much as The Razor s Edge or Of Human Bondage, which I really thought were brilliant But, there i [...]

    26. Such an excellent story My first experience with Somerset Maugham was The Razor s Edge, a book I had great difficulty putting down The Moon and Sixpence is my second experience and I found this story much the same It is based somewhat on the life of Paul Gauguin and follows one Charles Strickland, a London businessman, who in his 40s decides to leave his family, move to Paris and become a painter The author of the tale meets up with Strickland throughout his time in Paris and follows him ultimat [...]

    27. For some reason I was somewhat reluctant in an attempt to read some of his novels, I decided not to read his Christmas Holiday it was not my cup of tea after browsing a page or two Surprisingly, he wrote a lot as we can see from a list of his 17 novels presently published by Vintage in paperback but I read this as his third novel after Of Human Bondage Vintage 2000 and Cakes and Ale Vintage 2000 , just a few as compared to the novels I read by Graham Greene However, after a bit of trepidation, I [...]

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