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The Moon and Sixpence

W. Somerset Maugham

Based on the life of Postimpressionist artist Paul Gauguin, The Moon and Sixpence builds on a long tradition of European writing about the South Pacific as an exotic locale. It also marks the transformation of British writer W. Somerset Maugham from celebrated playwright to accomplished novelist. In The Moon and Sixpence, Charles Strickland is a respectable London stockbroker who decides in middle age to abandon his wife and children and devote himself to his true passion: art. Strickland's destructive desire for self-expression takes him first to Paris to learn the craft of painting, and finally to Tahiti in the South Pacific. The Moon and Sixpence remains a complex and engaging novel echoing Maugham's own struggles between artistic expression and public respectability, and between his public persona and private life.

Based on the life of Postimpressionist artist Paul Gauguin, The Moon and Sixpence builds on a long tradition of European writing about the South Pacific as an exotic locale. It also marks the transformation of British writer W. Somerset Maugham from celebrated playwright to accomplished novelist. In The Moon and Sixpence, Charles Strickland is a respectable London stockbroker who decides in middle age to abandon his wife and children and devote himself to his true passion: art. Strickland's destructive desire for self-expression takes him first to Paris to learn the craft of painting, and finally to Tahiti in the South Pacific. The Moon and Sixpence remains a complex and engaging novel echoing Maugham's own struggles between artistic expression and public respectability, and between his public persona and private life.
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Based on the life of Postimpressionist artist Paul Gauguin, The Moon and Sixpence builds on a long tradition of European writing about the South Pacific as an exotic locale. It also marks the transformation of British writer W. Somerset Maugham from celebrated playwright to accomplished novelist. In The Moon and Sixpence, Charles Strickland is a respectable London stockbroker who decides in middle age to abandon his wife and children and devote himself to his true passion: art. Strickland's destructive desire for self-expression takes him first to Paris to learn the craft of painting, and finally to Tahiti in the South Pacific. The Moon and Sixpence remains a complex and engaging novel echoing Maugham's own struggles between artistic expression and public respectability, and between his public persona and private life.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Steven Crossley

Length:

7h 53m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

12:40


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:36


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:33


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:32


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:42


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:49


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

13:04


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:37


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

11:06


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:59


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:54


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:14


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

13:24


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:54


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:36


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:00


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

13:01


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:46


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:50


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:42


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

10:04


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:05


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:32


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

12:17


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:01


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:53


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:14


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:35


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:59


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:40


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:23


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:22


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:43


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:21


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

13:20


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:27


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

16:25


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

10:43


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

12:34


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:40


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:54


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:19


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

19:54


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:25


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:27


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:42


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

10:27


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:22


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

10:34


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:14


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

18:51


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:16


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

12:06


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

11:41