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“Maugham should have titled his masterpiece "Not Mildred Again." Mildred is the most horrible female excrescence I've encountered in classic lit since Madame DeFarge. My certainty that I knew what Mildred would do next, and horror of her reappearance to meet or exceed my expectations, kept me in a...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I really can't understand how someone can be so stupid to keep going back to someone repeatedly when they have treated you like absolute crap. Wait...nevermind...yes I can. Love makes you do really stupid things and this book truly shows that. Not sure if that was the message that Maugham was trying to get across, but that's how I took it.
Great book although I only read the abridged version of this. I dunno what to think if i"d read the complete work. There were a lot of dry parts and things I found insignificant to the storyline, but it still made my favorite's list.”
“Beautiful book. As usual the characters are fully developed. I think this has got to top the list of books I've read. ”Faz wrote this review Thursday, September 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“quite a long roman full of moral but boring at some point”katarin wrote this review Tuesday, August 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was concerned that I wouldn't like this because it would be so dated but then I had liked THE RAZOR'S EDGE so much that I wanted to try it. It didn't disappoint. I was totally taken up with his adventures and often angry at his infatuation with a shop girl. Found the discussions about life without a belief in God to be very good.”Jean K wrote this review Saturday, August 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I just put it on my Kindle. Should start it soon.”tripoet wrote this review Friday, August 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Confession: I didn't finish this because my my library download expired. But I liked what I read!”Cathy R wrote this review Wednesday, July 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The book chronicles the life of Phillip, from orphaned young boy to around thirty, set in the late 19th century and yet the story is so exquisitely told that a much longer period seemed to pass. Maugham tackles some weighty themes too, such as the meaning (or not) of life, class, death, gender, poverty, the relevance of 'moral' behaviour. There are very few books that I would consider starting again immediately, but with "Of Human Bondage", I could, safe in the knowledge that there would still be much to mull over within the text. Notwithstanding the beautiful use of language, at times the book seems quite profound and I found myself savouring some delightful passages. Certainly the themes retain a contemporary resonance and the tension between individual and wider social values continue to echo modern dilemmas. This was my first exposure to Maugham and yet this book has been elevated, on this one reading, to my personal shortlist of 'great' books. The plot appears simple and yet is intricate in the unfurling, the underlying issues are challenging and it is hard not to reflect on one's own capacity for rational behaviour. At the very least it is an interesting examination of aspects of the human condition, which everyone should have on their 'must read' list. I must read it again very soon! Simply a great read!”Andrew Burford wrote this review Sunday, June 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this when I was in High School and liked it a lot. It's been on my shelf ever since. Now I'm listening to a recorded book from the library. I'll be interested to see if it impacts me the same way it did 35 years ago.
5/31/13: I liked this when I was a teen? This is so depressing.l”
“Book club, great discussion ”Karen wrote this review Friday, April 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No