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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 Phili ...more
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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, emo ...more
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 ...more
"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."
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Seriously, sweetie, it's on another lev-el. It's completely beyond. Y ...more
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...more
Like all men, Philip was born into this world where he wondered why ...more
“I want to have experiences. I’m so tired of preparing for life: I want to live it now.”
Somerset Maugham's novel Of Human Bondage is considered a masterpiece and rightly so. This is the story of how young Philip Carey grows up, struggles, and eventually assigns meaning to his life. It is a book full with a timeless themes - birth, life, friendships, love, death, obsession and the mysteries of the human heart.
The novel starts off when Philip Carey is orphaned and left to the care of his Willia ...more
I loved the parts of the novel which dealt with the Bohemian lifestyle in Paris. It was basically the stereotypical image one gets when imagining poor, struggling, artists. The characters I met in this section were among my favourites ...more
It's just a coming of age tale. I'm not even sure "tale" is the appropriate term considering how very autobiographical this ...more
What beautifully flawed and frustrated characters Maugham created in Of Human Bondage! This book pulled me in quickly and I loved walking alongside Philip Carey, a boy born with a clubfoot and orphaned at a young age, as he struggled into adulthood. Every character in this story, whether a major player or a minor one, is so real and raw -- they are all alive and despicable in their own authentic ways.
It has sometimes seemed to me that if the author can in no way keep himself out of his work it might be better if he put in as much of himself as possible.
- William Somerset Maugham.
Of Human Bondage was written in 1915 following a philosophical theme that William Somerset Maugham was developing during his first novel. It is Maugham's semi-autobiographical novel.
Philip Carey, born with a physically deformed foot, is orphaned at a very young age. He is raised in the house of his stoic, r ...more
And also Mike and Heather for confirming how great this book is.
After reading the book, We Are Not Ourselves, and speaking how it was so character-driven, I was told how Of Human Bondage could pull some serious emotion from the characters as well. A story that is successful at building three-dimensional characters have this way of making you feel as though you are walking along with them through life, at least until this char ...more
When I picked up this book, I was at first annoyed by the very slow start of it. But gradually as I moved on, I started enjoying the narration. Maugham has very strikingly captured the various facets of Philip, the protagonist, as he contin ...more
البته از نظر بندۀ کوچک، ترجمۀ جنابِ جمشیدی پور شیواتر و ساده تر است... ولی ترجمۀ جنابِ افشار با وجودِ دشواری و پیچ و خَمِ زیاد، کاملتر هستش.. با احترام باید بگم، در صورتِ گزینش بینِ دو نسخه، من همان نسخه ای رو که ترجمۀ جنابِ جمشیدی پور، هست رو انتخاب میکنم، با آنکه اشتباهات نوشتاریِ زیادی در این نسخه دیده میشه
و امّا در مورد داستان باید بگم، نام کتاب ابتدا « زیبایِ برخاسته از خا ...more
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Of Human Bondage covers twenty years of living by a young man, Philip Carey, starting when he's a nine-year-old and loses his mother, herself recently widowed, to death during childbirth. The year is 1885. Thank you, Mr. Maugham, for giving me the year, although during the duration of the book I became confused and thought it had begun in 1875. But fortunately my first note was of the year, so I rapidly recalibrated. Some things then fell into place better, su ...more
Ouso, apenas, deixar um singela recomendação de leitura deste livro que fala da vida e do seu significado
Durante setecentos páginas convivi com uma das personagens mais humanas da literatura, na medida em que cada um de nós tem um pouco de Philip Carey.
Desde a infância acompanhei esta personagem fabulosa. Vivi a sua perda de inocência, a sua descrença no divino e no humano. Revoltei-me com os erros que cometeu, com as sua fraquezas. Sof ...more
I took many days to gather my scattered thoughts and utter a few words explaining how I felt while reading this book, but all I can say now is that it is the most powerful book I have read and everyone ought to read it.
Philip’s own experiences along with those of all his acquaintances will gradually lead him to solve one of the life’s most elusive enigmas which in turn could be ...more
Orphaned, physical deformity, war, societal pressure, obsession with a ...more
This novel has been stated to be one of the best books written. Perhaps I missed something great by not sticking it out to the end, but I just could not. There are too many other great stories to read.
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His parents died early and, after an unhappy boyhood, which he recorded poignantly in Of Human Bondage, Maugham became a qualified physician. But writing was his true vocation. For ten years before his first success, he almost l ...more