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Of Human Bondage

Somerset Maugham

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1. 01 - Chapters 1 through 6
2. 02 - Chapters 7 through 12
3. 03 - Chapters 13 through 16
4. 04 - Chapters 17 through 20
5. 05 - Chapters 21 through 23
6. 06 - Chapters 24 through 28
7. 07 - Chapters 29 through 32
8. 08 - Chapters 33 through 35
9. 09 - Chapters 36 through 39
10. 10 - Chapters 40 through 42
11. 11 - Chapters 43 through 45
12. 12 - Chapters 46 through 48
13. 13 - Chapters 49 through 52
14. 14 - Chapters 53 through 56
15. 15 - Chapters 57 through 60
16. 16 - Chapters 61 through 65
17. 17 - Chapters 66 through 69
18. 18 - Chapters 70 through 73
19. 19 - Chapters 74 through 77
20. 20 - Chapters 78 through 80
21. 21 - Chapters 81 through 84
22. 22 - Chapters 85 through 87
23. 23 - Chapters 88 through 91
24. 24 - Chapters 92 through 94
25. 25 - Chapters 95 through 97
26. 26 - Chapters 98 through 101
27. 27 - Chapters 102 through 104
28. 28 - Chapters 105 through 107
29. 29 - Chapters 108 through 110
30. 30 - Chapters 111 through 113
31. 31 - Chapters 114 through 117
32. 32 - Chapters 118 through 120
33. 33 - Chapters 121 through 122

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Summary

Of Human Bondage, published in 1915, is considered to be W. Somerset Maugham’s best work. Many believe the novel to be one of the world’s literary masterpieces. The story follows Phillip Carey from early childhood through his 30’s. Orphaned at 9, Phillip spends his early years raised by his childless aunt and uncle. His aunt tries to be a mother to Philip, but she is unsure how to behave whereas his uncle, a vicar, takes a cold disposition towards him. Philip is sent to a boarding school but his shyness and his club foot make it difficult for him to fit in. The novel follows this theme throughout as Phillip travels to Germany, France, and England, makes new acquaintances, searches for his life’s calling, and experiences romantic episodes. Mildred in particular, will leave you wondering about Phillip's obsession and passion for such a woman. More than a few of us have had “our Mildred”. The characters in Of Human Bondage are real-life with faults, qualities, and feelings that Maugham describes so vividly. It would not be unusual that we have encountered individuals with traits similar to the characters in this book. At times the emotions in this novel, so simply but purely written, will leave you either sad or happy and even perhaps, teary-eyed as the enthusiasm of youth is met with reality as Phillip tries to discover the meaning of HIS life through the dreams of others.

Reviews

A very good book, atrocious reading - 123 chapters calling somerset Maugham Somerset Maun, mispronouncing practically everything French and German, but otherwise OK