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The Moon and Six Pence

Reviewed by:

Krishna Chaitanya M

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W. Somerset Maugham





1st person, Non-Linear


When I started reading this book and 20 pages into it, I reserved a place for Somerset Maugham among my favourite authors, beside my all time favourite author, Graham Greene. The place, I thought can be confirmed once I complete this book with same interest. In the end, he didn’t disappoint me.

Plot of the book revolves around Charles Strickland and his passion to recreate the art in his mind, narrated by the author. Also, this book is known to be based on the life of Paul Gauguin.

Basically, the entire book can be divided in to two parts (not literally) - one where author tells us what he witnessed and knows of Charles Strickland when he befriended him and the other part is his search of what happened after they were separated. The second part seemed bit boring, but I gained back the interest by the end.

The narration and character development of the the protagonist, Charles Strickland is impeccable. In my opinion, he might not be one of the best characters in the literary world, but definitely one of the most memorable characters, all thanks to Mr. Maugham.

If you are looking just for a story, please avoid this book, but if you believe in the magic of narration, like me, please read it!

What I like about this book:

Play of words & Narration, and characterisation of the protagonist - Charles Strickland.

Quotes from the book:

“Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.”

"The world is hard and cruel. We are here none knows why, and we go none knows whither. We must be very humble. We must see the beauty of quietness. We must go through life so inconspicuously that Fate does not notice us. And let us seek the love of simple, ignorant people. Their ignorance is better than all our knowledge. Let us be silent, content in our little corner, meek and gentle like them. That is the wisdom of life."


My Ratings (of 5):





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