Based on the life of Paul Gauguin, The Moon and Sixpence is W. Somerset Maugham's ode to the powerful forces behind creative genius.Charles...more
Based on the life of Paul Gauguin, The Moon and Sixpence is W. Somerset Maugham's ode to the powerful forces behind creative genius.Charles Strickland is a staid banker, a man of wealth and privilege. He is also a man possessed of an unquenchable desire to create art. As Strickland pursues his artistic vision, he leaves London for Paris and Tahiti, and in his quest makes sacrifices that leaves the lives of those closest to him in tatters. Through Maugham's sympathetic eye Stricland's tortured and cruel soul becomes a symbol of the blessing and the curse of transcendent artistic genius, and the cost in humans lives it sometimes demands. less
I am always smittened by Somerset. This one is a big hit, and I cannot believe that it was written in 1919! Somerset is particularly good at analyzing character. I say, instead of writing commentary on this book, pick it up and just enjoy it!
This book really stretched my paradigm at the time I read it (in college). It's truly fascinating to observe someone completely disregarding the rules and morals of life as blatantly as this guy. No wonder the narrator was as fascinated with him as I was! It says a lot about society and that urge in all of us.
Based on the life of artist Paul Gaugin and his turmoils...Maugham brings out the message loud and clear..life of an artist is not an easy one!..i personally think its whole luck if u can make it big when it comes to selling your paintings when u still alive.A must read for every artist...i can personally relate to it.
The story itself is a little slow, but the asides, casual observations about life, art, and the human condition, are staggering (hence my new favorite facebook quote) A must-read especially for writers.