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Of Human Bondage

W. Somerset Maugham

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. (Summary by the Tom Weiss)

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. (Summary by the Tom Weiss)
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

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. (Summary by the Tom Weiss)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

25h 46m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

48:03


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

53:46


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

47:40


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

41:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

42:05


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

50:56


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

44:08


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

50:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

47:56


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

45:55


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

52:05


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

51:19


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

59:15


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

46:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

47:56


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

52:01


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

55:15


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

56:35


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

50:45


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

42:01


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

52:58


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

41:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

49:52


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

45:10


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

44:40


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

47:52


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

28:36


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

45:05


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

45:47


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

43:01


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

52:06


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

38:31


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

24:49