Author Rating: A

Of Human Bondage (Read 10/8/09) Recommended

Maugham, Somerset, portrait photograph by Arnold Genthe, 1923 May 18 (Library of Congress)

Maugham, Somerset, portrait photograph by Arnold Genthe, 1923 May 18 (Library of Congress)

Maybe it’s just where I am in my life right now, but I liked this book a great deal.

Maugham based the protagonist Phillip Carey on his own life and that of people he knew. It’s about the search for meaning.

Maugham could have used a better editor as there were some odd quirks, but 94 years after its initial publication the story it tells rings true.

In reading this book, I was struck by similarities with Robertson Davies and Thomas Mann.

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