The Moon and Six Pence
Author: W. Somerset Maugham
Hard cover - excellent condition
One volume in a five volume set from the Complete Works of W. Somerset Maugham, comprising:
.. The Razor's Edge
.. Creatures of Circumstance
.. Of Human Bondage
.. The Painted Veil
.. The Moon and Six Pence
Individual volumes are priced at $15 each or, while available, all 3 volumes can be purchased for the one price of $60.
"The Moon and Sixpence" by W. Somerset Maugham is a captivating novel loosely based on the life of the artist Paul Gauguin. The story revolves around Charles Strickland, a middle-aged stockbroker who abruptly abandons his comfortable life in London to pursue his passion for painting. Strickland's relentless pursuit of artistic expression takes him to Paris and eventually to Tahiti, where he immerses himself in a world of creativity, personal liberation, and exoticism. Maugham explores the conflict between societal expectations and the irrepressible urge for self-fulfillment through the lens of Strickland's unconventional life choices. The novel delves into themes of artistic genius, the sacrifices made in the pursuit of one's calling, and the clash between societal norms and individual desires. "The Moon and Sixpence" serves as a thought-provoking exploration of the nature of art, the complexities of human nature, and the sacrifices one may be willing to make in the pursuit of personal authenticity.
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