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The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham
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Feb 15, 2012

really liked it

Enjoyed this book, easy read as most Maugham books are. Lots of meta-construction by the narrator, but notably not the author. Very modern, which is odd/refreshing? in this post-modern world. Another dated aspect of the book is the way women are treated. Again unclear whether it's odd or refreshing to hear someone un-self-consciously make sweeping gender generalizations without qualification. All that said, he did manage to somehow portray the "genius" in a man who was otherwise (verbally and socially) inept - and whose painting was before his time (and still somewhat inexplicably compelling to someone unknowledgeable about art).

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