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Read & Download The Moon and Sixpence 108 An possessed of an unuenchable desire to create art As Strickland pursues his artistic vision he leaves London for Paris and Tahiti and in his uest makes sacrifices that leaves the lives of those closest to him. I may not be able to tell a post impressionist painter from a post hole digger but if I see a painting by Paul Gauguin I can usually identify it correctlyW Somerset Maugham s 1919 novel about fictional artist Charles Strickland is loosely based on the life of the French painter but let s be honest even though this is a novel and something of a caricature it is the slings and arrows of Gauguin s outrageous life that make this so damn entertainingThat and Maugham s gifted writing and his deft ability to describe human emotion and to add impressionistic detail to complex relationships Maugham s dialogue always good is here almost Dickensian in its narrative uality There are several scenes that were hypnotic drawing the reader into an exchange between two characters Maugham introduces us to Charles Strickland an English stockbroker who leaves his wife and children to move to Paris to learn to paint and to realize his dream late in life of being an artist Told in first person observations about Strickland over the course of many years we follow Strickland s roguish adventures to Tahiti where his mastery is recognizedBut Maugham describes a complicatedly simple man who just wants to live in his work Undesiring of money or fame he simply wants to create and to express his artistic vision His philosophy appearing on the surface to be hedonistic and misanthropic is than an esoteric isolation from society but is an all encompassing passionate devotion to his workThis is not a biography of Gauguin but of an examination of the spirit of his life similar to how the Post Impressionists extended Impressionism while rejecting its limitations using symbolism and abstraction to depict its subjectFor Maugham readers art lovers and the rest of us a good book

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Read & Download The Moon and Sixpence 108 In tatters Through Maugham's sympathetic eye Strickland'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 demand. The Moon and Sixpence W Somerset Maugham The Moon and Sixpence is a novel by W Somerset Maugham first published in 1919 It is told in episodic form by a first person narrator in a series of glimpses into the mind and soul of the central character Charles Strickland a middle aged English stockbroker who abandons his wife and children abruptly to pursue his desire to become an artist The story is in part based on the life of the painter Paul Gauguin 1970 1991 1333 263 1344 263 1362 334 1370 355 1376 1388 9789645960108 1393 284 9786006182216 1336 220

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Read & Download The Moon and Sixpence 108 Based on the life of Paul Gauguin The Moon and Sixpence is W Somerset Maugham's ode to the powerful forces behind creative geniusCharles Strickland is a staid banker a man of wealth and privilege He is also a m. Fair warning this is going to be a long review for this is a book that is close to my heart written by an author whom I deeply admireThe Right TimeThere are some books that walk into your life at an opportune time I m talking about the books that send a pleasant shiver down your spine laden with Man this is meant to be as you flip through its pages cursorily Or those that upon completion demand an exclamation from every book reading fibre of your body to the effect of There couldn t have been a better time for me to have read this book Now I come from deferred gratification stock So books like these you don t read immediately You let them sit there on your table for a while You bask in the warm expectant glow of a life altering read You glance at the book as you make your way to office take pleasure in the fact that it ll be right there on your table when you open the front door wearily waiting to be opened caressed reveled in And when that moment of reckoning arrives you don t stop you plunge yourself straight into the book white hot passionate The Moon and Sixpence was just that kind of a book for me I had just completed and thoroughly enjoyed a course on Modern Art in college and could rattle off the names of Impressionist painters faster than I could the Indian cricket team I was particularly intrigued by Paul Gauguin a French Post Impressionist painter after reading one of his disturbingly direct uotes Civilization is what makes me sick he proclaimed and huddled off to Tahiti to escape Europe and all that is artificial and conventional leaving behind a wife and five children to fend for themselves never to make contact with them again This struck me as the ultimate expression of individuality a resounding slap to the judgmental face of conservative society an escapist act of repugnant selfishness that could only be justified by immeasurable artistic talent genius some may call it My imagination was tickled beyond measure and when I discovered there was a novel by WSomerset Maugham the author of The Razor s Edge no less based on Gauguin my joy knew no bounds I was in the correct frame of mind to read about the life of a stockbroker who gave up on the trivial pleasures of bourgeois life for the penury and hard life of an aspiring painter without considering him ridiculous or vain Supplied with the appropriate proportions of awe that is due to a genius protagonist I began reading the book I have to admit I expected a whole lot from it I had a voyeuristic curiosity to delve into the head of a certified genius I was even curious to see how Maugham had executed it At the same time I was hoping that the book would raise and answer important uestions concerning the nature of art and about what drives an artist to madness and greatnessThe BookThe book s title is taken from a review of Of Human Bondage in which the novel s protagonist Philip Carey is described as so busy yearning for the moon that he never saw the sixpence at his feetI admired Maugham s narrative voice In his inimitable style he flits in and out of the characters life as the stolid immovable writer who is a mere observer and nothing His narrator defies Heisenberg s uncertainty principle as in observing his characters he doesn t change their lives or nature one bit He has a mild disdain for the ordinary life of a householder and relishes his independence I pictured their lives troubled by no untoward adventure honest decent and by reason of these two upstanding pleasant children so obviously destined to carry on the normal traditions of their race and station not without significance They would grow old insensibly they would see their son and daughter come to years of reason marry in due course the one a peretty girl future mother of healthy children the other a handsome manly fellow obviously a soldier and at last prosperous in their dignified retirement beloved by their descendants after a happy not unuseful life in the fullness of their age they would sink into the grave That must be the story of innumerable couples and the patter of life it offers has a homely grace It reminds you of a placid rivulet meandering smoothly through green pastures and shaded by pleasant trees till at last it falls into the vasty sea but the sea is so calm so silent so indifferent that you are troubled suddenly by a vague uneasiness Perhaps it is only a kink in my nature strong in me even in those days that I felt in such an existence the share of the great majority something amiss I recognized its social value I saw its ordered happiness but a fever in my blood asked for a wilder course There seemed to me something alarming in such easy delights In my heart was a desire to live dangerously I was not unprepared for jagged rocks and treacherous shoals if I could only have change change and the excitement of the unforeseen In Maugham s hands Gauguin becomes Charles Strickland an unassuming British stockbroker with a secret unuenchable lust for beauty that he is willing to take to the end of the world first to Paris and then to remote Tahiti He is cold selfish and uncompromising in this uest for beauty The passion that held Strickland was a passion to create beauty It gave him no peace It urged him hither and thither He was eternally a pilgrim haunted by a divine nostalgia and the demon within him was ruthless There are men whose desire for truth is so great that to attain it they will shatter the very foundation of their world Of such was Strickland only beauty with him took the place of truth I could only feel for him a profound compassion However words such as these serve to romanticize Strickland s actions which at first glance remain despicable view spoilerHe leaves his wife as casually as one would leave to buy milk from the store he betrays his only friend by eloping with his wife and then proceeds to drive her to suicide with his callousness hide spoiler