Archive | March, 2013

Currently reading…

7 Mar

Of-Human-Bondage…Somerset Maugham’s ‘Of Human Bondage.’

I had wanted to read some of Maugham’s work for a long time and finally started getting around to doing so.  This, being his first novel and strongly autobiographical in nature, seemed a sensible choice.  I am about half the way through (it is a rather hefty thing but not at all arduous) and I already love it.  The protagonist is Philip, a sensitive orphan with a clubfoot, and the novel follows him as he trials out different careers and experiences loves and loss.  The novel is beautifully written – Maugham’s use of third person manages to maintain a sense of simplicity and non-sentimentality yet evokes such empathy in the reader towards Philip’s trials and tribulations.

I have even marked passages in the book that I have found particularly poignant or relatable to my own experiences.  A particular favourite is:

It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it; but the young know they are wretched for they are full of the truthless ideal which has been instilled into them, and each time they come in contact with the rule, they are bruised and wounded.

Looking forward to settling down and reading the rest of this gem with a big cup of tea and some biscuits 🙂