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Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
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Apr 26, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: anyone who likes descriptions and Brit Lit

This was my Spring Break project. Just to give you an idea of what my "projects" often look like, my trip-to-San-Francisco project last August was Anna Karenina. Large in scope, lengthy of page.

This was no exception, though I must say I found it much more enjoyable that Anna K. I had previously read The Razor's Edge and Christmas Holiday, so I knew basically the style I was in for.

I found Of Human Bondage to be a good deal more readable than expected. It's enormous, and the print is small, but after the first few chapters, when Philip goes to Paris to study art, it picks up. The philosophy is fascinating, the characters distinct and well-drawn, though often completely unlikeable. I did find myself very proud of Philip at the end, when he realized what was really important in his life, but it took maybe fifty pages too long for him to figure it out.

All in all, an excellent, thought-provoking and engaging read.
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