The Moon and Sixpence

The Moon and Sixpence

Paperback - 2006
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"Witty, compelling." -- The Boston Globe . Gripped by an overwhelming obsession, Charles Strickland, a conventional London stockbroker, decides in midlife to desert his wife, family, business, and civilization for his art. One of Maugham's most popular works, The Moon and Sixpence is a riveting story about an uncompromising and self-destructive man who forsakes wealth and comfort to pursue the life of a painter. Drifting from Paris to Marseilles, Strickland eventually settles in Tahiti, takes a mistress, and in spite of poverty and a long, terminal illness, produces his most passionate and mysterious works of art.
Loosely based on the life of Paul Gauguin, Maugham's timeless masterpiece is storytelling at its best -- an insightful work focusing on artistic fixation that propels the artist beyond the commonplace into the selfish realm of genius.
Publisher: Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Pub., 2006.
ISBN: 9780486446028
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: vi, 164 p. ; 21 cm.


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This novel is Maugham’s ode to the life of Gauguin, although our main character is a man named Charles Strickland. Strickland, a staid man of wealth and privilege, is possessed by an unquenchable desire to create art. As he pursues his artistic vision, Strickland leaves London for Paris and Tahi... Read More »

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Feb 23, 2017

Strickland is an insufferable arse, but the beauty of the sentences make this book worth it.

Mar 29, 2016

As the previous reader says, I also feel conflicted with giving this a great rating. The story is riveting but the main character of Strickland is just too much over the top to be believable. I can't imagine a person with a personality like his surviving let alone having such an artistic soul. The two don't match. He (the artist) makes his point that the only thing in life worth living for is to be creative no matter who he hurts or offends. He has no respect for women or anyone of another race or even for his fellow artists. He's altogether a despicable person but that's part of the reason this is such a great story.

patienceandfortitude Jun 04, 2013

I feel conflicted about giving this a "very good" rating. The writing and story are both superb, but the themes are very hard to take. 1. Good guys finish last and are buffoons. 2. Women can only love men who physically and psychologically abuse them, and other than housekeeping and romance have no real value. 3. The genius of the artist is an excuse for horrendous behavior. 4. Beauty and Truth are more valuable than love. Then there is a dash of racism to make sure that every possible reader can find a way to be offended. Are these the author's beliefs or is he just yanking our chains? I don't know, but it makes for some interesting and disturbing reading.


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