What's the Name of That Book??? discussion

UNSOLVED: One specific book > Fiction, possibly 1900’s, poor young man becomes wealthy, disillusioned, drowns himself.

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Heather | 8 comments I read this in a historic library, in the 90’s. It was probably published closer to 1900. Details: poor boy works hard, at one point in a very hot, hotel laundry. Eventually gets rich, marries girl of his dreams. Sees a pointillist painting, is disappointed it’s just coloured dots, when seen up close. At the end, they’re on a ship, he is on the deck, staring at the waves, which “pull him in”.

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Ayshe | 4162 comments I think this is Martin Eden (except that he doesn't marry her?).

It would be nice if the spoiler is removed from thread's title.

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