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    PDF The Moon and Sixpence I may not be able to tell a post impressionist painter from a post hole digger but if I see a painting by Paul Gauguin I can usually identify it correctlyW Somerset Maugham’s 1919 novel about fictional artist Charles Strickland is loosely based on the life of the French painter but let’s be honest even though this is a novel and something of a caricature it is the slings and arrows of Gauguin’s outrageous life tha

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  • Paperback
  • 215
  • The Moon and Sixpence
  • W. Somerset Maugham
  • English
  • 14 September 2020
  • 9780099284765

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characters The Moon and Sixpence Summary The Moon and Sixpence ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Free read ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ñ W. Somerset Maugham E life of Paul Gauguin The Moon and Sixpence is at once a satiric caricature of Edwardian conventions and a vivid portrayal of the mentality of a geni. The Moon and Sixpence W Somerset Maugham The Moon and Sixpence is a novel by W Somerset Maugham first published in 1919 It is told in episodic form by a first person narrator in a series of glimpses into the mind and soul of the central character Charles Strickland a middle aged English stockbroker who abandons his wife and children abruptly to pursue his desire to become an artist The story is in part based on the life of the painter Paul Gauguin 1970 1991 1333 263 1344 263 1362 334 1370 355 1376 1388 9789645960108 1393 284 9786006182216 1336 220

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characters The Moon and Sixpence Summary The Moon and Sixpence ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Free read ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ñ W. Somerset Maugham Charles Strickland a conventional stockbroker abandons his wife and children for Paris and Tahiti to live his life as a painter Whilst his betrayal of. Fair warning this is going to be a long review for this is a book that is close to my heart written by an author whom I deeply admireThe Right TimeThere are some books that walk into your life at an opportune time I m talking about the books that send a pleasant shiver down your spine laden with Man this is meant to be as you flip through its pages cursorily Or those that upon completion demand an exclamation from every book reading fibre of your body to the effect of There couldn t have been a better time for me to have read this book Now I come from deferred gratification stock So books like these you don t read immediately You let them sit there on your table for a while You bask in the warm expectant glow of a life altering read You glance at the book as you make your way to office take pleasure in the fact that it ll be right there on your table when you open the front door wearily waiting to be opened caressed reveled in And when that moment of reckoning arrives you don t stop you plunge yourself straight into the book white hot passionate The Moon and Sixpence was just that kind of a book for me I had just completed and thoroughly enjoyed a course on Modern Art in college and could rattle off the names of Impressionist painters faster than I could the Indian cricket team I was particularly intrigued by Paul Gauguin a French Post Impressionist painter after reading one of his disturbingly direct uotes Civilization is what makes me sick he proclaimed and huddled off to Tahiti to escape Europe and all that is artificial and conventional leaving behind a wife and five children to fend for themselves never to make contact with them again This struck me as the ultimate expression of individuality a resounding slap to the judgmental face of conservative society an escapist act of repugnant selfishness that could only be justified by immeasurable artistic talent genius some may call it My imagination was tickled beyond measure and when I discovered there was a novel by WSomerset Maugham the author of The Razor s Edge no less based on Gauguin my joy knew no bounds I was in the correct frame of mind to read about the life of a stockbroker who gave up on the trivial pleasures of bourgeois life for the penury and hard life of an aspiring painter without considering him ridiculous or vain Supplied with the appropriate proportions of awe that is due to a genius protagonist I began reading the book I have to admit I expected a whole lot from it I had a voyeuristic curiosity to delve into the head of a certified genius I was even curious to see how Maugham had executed it At the same time I was hoping that the book would raise and answer important uestions concerning the nature of art and about what drives an artist to madness and greatnessThe BookThe book s title is taken from a review of Of Human Bondage in which the novel s protagonist Philip Carey is described as so busy yearning for the moon that he never saw the sixpence at his feetI admired Maugham s narrative voice In his inimitable style he flits in and out of the characters life as the stolid immovable writer who is a mere observer and nothing His narrator defies Heisenberg s uncertainty principle as in observing his characters he doesn t change their lives or nature one bit He has a mild disdain for the ordinary life of a householder and relishes his independence I pictured their lives troubled by no untoward adventure honest decent and by reason of these two upstanding pleasant children so obviously destined to carry on the normal traditions of their race and station not without significance They would grow old insensibly they would see their son and daughter come to years of reason marry in due course the one a peretty girl future mother of healthy children the other a handsome manly fellow obviously a soldier and at last prosperous in their dignified retirement beloved by their descendants after a happy not unuseful life in the fullness of their age they would sink into the grave That must be the story of innumerable couples and the patter of life it offers has a homely grace It reminds you of a placid rivulet meandering smoothly through green pastures and shaded by pleasant trees till at last it falls into the vasty sea but the sea is so calm so silent so indifferent that you are troubled suddenly by a vague uneasiness Perhaps it is only a kink in my nature strong in me even in those days that I felt in such an existence the share of the great majority something amiss I recognized its social value I saw its ordered happiness but a fever in my blood asked for a wilder course There seemed to me something alarming in such easy delights In my heart was a desire to live dangerously I was not unprepared for jagged rocks and treacherous shoals if I could only have change change and the excitement of the unforeseen In Maugham s hands Gauguin becomes Charles Strickland an unassuming British stockbroker with a secret unuenchable lust for beauty that he is willing to take to the end of the world first to Paris and then to remote Tahiti He is cold selfish and uncompromising in this uest for beauty The passion that held Strickland was a passion to create beauty It gave him no peace It urged him hither and thither He was eternally a pilgrim haunted by a divine nostalgia and the demon within him was ruthless There are men whose desire for truth is so great that to attain it they will shatter the very foundation of their world Of such was Strickland only beauty with him took the place of truth I could only feel for him a profound compassion However words such as these serve to romanticize Strickland s actions which at first glance remain despicable view spoilerHe leaves his wife as casually as one would leave to buy milk from the store he betrays his only friend by eloping with his wife and then proceeds to drive her to suicide with his callousness hide spoiler

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characters The Moon and Sixpence Summary The Moon and Sixpence ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Free read ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ñ W. Somerset Maugham Family duty and honour gives him the freedom to achieve greatness his decision leads to an obsession which carries severe implications Inspired by th. Art is a manifestation of emotion and emotion speaks a language that all may understand W Somerset Maugham The Moon and SixpenceI d only ever read one Maugham before this Of Human Bondage but even with just that one read I could tell Maugham was a very special writer and destined to be one of my favourites I picked up this thin book thinking it would be a uick simple read but I wasn t prepared for the depth and profundity in it There is a lot going on in this little book lots to think aboutReading the back of the book you ll know that the main character in this book Charles Strickland was modelled after Paul Gauguin There s no way I would have guessed that for most of the book until StricklandGauguin moved to TahitiEven without knowing much about Gauguin s life this book was interesting as it took us on a tour of his life done by a narrator who operates as an unofficial biographer taking us through StricklandGauguin s life from England to Paris and finally TahitiStrickland is an awful person and extremely misogynistic It s been a while since I ve read such an odious character in literature I despised him He was a man without any conception of gratitude He had no compassion The emotions common to most of us simply did not exist in him and it was as absurd to blame him for not feeling them as for blaming the tiger because he is fierce and cruelIt was surprising to witness how the passion in Strickland seemed to remain dormant for years but eventually caused him to act like a man possessed and completely re evaluate his life as that passion needed an outletThat must be the story of innumerable couples and the pattern of life it offers has a homely grace It reminds you of a placid rivulet meandering smoothly through green pastures and shaded by pleasant trees till at last it falls into the vasty sea but the sea is so calm so silent so indifferent that you are troubled suddenly by a vague uneasiness Perhaps it is only by a kink in my nature strong in me even in those days that I felt in such an existence the share of the great majority something amiss I recognised its social values I saw its ordered happiness but a fever in my blood asked for a wilder course There seemed to me something alarming in such easy delights In my heart was a desire to live dangerously I was not unprepared for jagged rocks and treacherous shoals if I could only have change change and the excitement of the unforeseenGauguin comes up a lot in discussions on primitivism and orientalism and reading up on his time in Tahiti really leaves a bitter taste in my mouth The discussion on place and how we might be searching for a place where we are free to be really spoke to me but Gauguin being himself meant taking child brides in the tropics and that reminded me of the fact that Europeans hadhave free reign in some parts of the world all due to their perceived power But still the idea that we can be perceived differently in different areas and therefore be suited to one area than another is interestingI have an idea that some men are born out of their due place Accident has cast them amid certain surroundings but they have always a nostalgia for a home they know not They are strangers in their birthplace and the leafy lanes they have known from childhood or the populous streets in which they have played remain but a place of passage They may spend their whole lives aliens among their kindred and remain aloof among the only scenes they have ever known Perhaps it is this sense of strangeness that sends men far and wide in the search for something permanent to which they may attach themselves Perhaps some deep rooted atavism urges the wanderer back to lands which his ancestors left in the dim beginnings of history Sometimes a man hits upon a place to which he mysteriously feels that he belongs Here is the home he sought and he will settle amid scenes that he has never seen before among men he has never known as though they were familiar to him from his birth Here at last he finds restIt s hard to summarize this book without bringing up the racist language There were uite a few racial epithets which I m not sure spoke of Maugham s insensitivity to different races or just that he was reflecting the language and sentiments of the time Either way they were shocking and I could have done without them