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Of Human BondageOf Human Bondage
W. Somerset Maugham, Robert Calder
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An orphan brought up by a pious uncle and an ineffectual aunt, Philip Carey is eager for adventure when he launches himself into the world at the age of eighteen. After some months spent studying in Heidelberg, a failed experiment in accountancy, and a spell in Paris as a would-be artist, he returns to London to train as a doctor. It is here that he encounters Mildred, the doomed but formidable object of an obsessive love affair that provides the pivot of this marvelous novel. maugham has no rival in the portrayal of human emotion, and he creates an almost unbearable tension for his readers as Phillip suffers, despairs, and pays the price for passion - a price that is almost too high.
     

 
Collected Short Stories, Vol. 2Collected Short Stories, Vol. 2
W. Somerset Maugham
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Somerset Maugham's irony and cool detachment make him an acknowledged master of the short story. The stories collected here are typical of Maugham's wry perception of human weakness and his unique talent for evoking a sense of time and place. They are set in familiar Maugham territory - the South Seas, Europe and America - but they are all concise and compelling dramas played out by unforgettable characters. The collection includes some of Maugham's most famous stories: "The Alien Corn", "Flotsam and Jetsam" and particularly "The Vessel of Wrath", a surprising tale of burgeoning love between a repressed mission lady and a drunken reprobate.
     

 
Collected Short Stories, Vol. 3Collected Short Stories, Vol. 3
W. Somerset Maugham
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Who better qualified to chronicle the experiences of an author-agent during the First World War than Somerset Maugham, a writer turned spy? His alter-ego is Ashenden, a calm observer with a cool head. From his almost casual recruitment into intelligence at the beginning of hostilities we follow his progress through a series of incidents. There is the fiasco of the Hairless Mexican, a ladies' man and thoroughly inept assassin. And the pathetic tale of Mr. Harrington, the touching and ridiculous American, clumsily feeling his way through the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Most dreadful of all is the bleak story of the Traitor, whose fate reveals the real horror of the agent's profession.
     

 
Collected Short Stories, Vol. 4Collected Short Stories, Vol. 4
W. Somerset Maugham
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These thirty short stories show an acknowledged master of the genre at the peak of his power. Most are set in the colonies at a time when the Empire was still assured, in a world in which men and women were caught between their own essentially European values and the richness and ambiguity of their unfamiliar surroundings.
     

 
Liza/LambethLiza/Lambeth
W. Somerset Maugham
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Amid the gloomy, grimy world of South London in the 1890s - a world where sorrows are drowned in drink or occasionally lighted by a day out in the country - Liza grasps at the chance to escape from the poverty and drudgery of her life. She falls into the open arms of Jim, a married man with children. But Vere Street has its rules and conventions, and by overstepping them Liza must face the tragic consequences.
     

 
Christmas HolidayChristmas Holiday
W. Somerset Maugham
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In this book the author tells the story of a young man whose brief encounter with a wayward girl forces him to question the assumptions upon which his own comfortable life is based. For Lydia has seen tragedy. The Russian Revolution displaced her family, left her homeless, fatherless. And for reasons that elude Charley, Lydia pines for a man half a world away, a dope dealer and murderer whose sins Lydia seeks to absolve through her own self-destruction. Haunting, erotic, deeply affecting, this book explores two souls capsized by compassion - and the confusion that engulfed a generation in the days bewtween the world wars.
     

 
Of Human BondageOf Human Bondage
W. Somerset Maugham
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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 Philip Carey, a sensitive boy born with a clubfoot who is orphaned and raised by a religious aunt and uncle. Philip yearns for adventure, and at eighteen leaves home, eventually pursuing a career as an artist in Paris. When he returns to London to study medicine, he meets the androgynous but alluring Mildred and begins a doomed love affair that will change the course of his life.
     

 
Of Human BondageOf Human Bondage
W. Somerset Maugham
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One of the great novels of the twentieth century, Of Human Bondage tells a fascinating tale of sexual obession. The story taking its title from Spinoza's Ethics; "Of human bondage, or the strength of the emotions" follows Philip Carey in his search for freedom from the strict, oppressive Christian upbringing he suffered as an orphan in an English vicarage. Philip sets out on a journey of discovery that leads him to Heidelberg and to Paris. But it is back in London that Philip's enthrallment with Mildred the slatternly, pale waitress who makes him a slave to desire awakens him to the world of obsessive love, deep passion, and true self-discovery. The unforgettable love story is as timeless as it is involving; an intimate tale of human relationships that Theodore Dreiser called "a work of genius."
     

 
Cakes and Ale - eBookCakes and Ale - eBook
W. Somerset Maugham
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The Moon and Sixpence, Unabridged Audiobook on MP3 with eBookThe Moon and Sixpence, Unabridged Audiobook on MP3 with eBook
W. Somerset Maugham
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Based on the life of Postimpressionist artist Paul Gauguin, The Moon and Sixpence builds on a long tradition of European writing about the South Pacific as an exotic locale. It also marks the transformation of British writer W. Somerset Maugham from celebrated playwright to accomplished novelist.

In The Moon and Sixpence, Charles Strickland is a respectable London stockbroker who decides in middle age to abandon his wife and children and devote himself to his true passion: art. Strickland's destructive desire for self-expression takes him first to Paris to learn the craft of painting, and finally to Tahiti in the South Pacific. The Moon and Sixpence remains a complex and engaging novel echoing Maugham's own struggles between artistic expression and public respectability, and between his public persona and private life.
     
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