Of Human Bondage by William Somerset Maugham

Of Human Bondage by William Somerset MaughamA realistic novel by the master of the word. Narrative of the growing up of a young man, an orphan, left in the care of relatives. About growing up and finding the meaning of life. So she wrote, dryly, as if stressing all life’s difficulties.

It all starts with the fact that the boy did not seem to have a chance to become an emotionally developed person. Endowed with an inquisitive analytical mind, oppressing him, an orphan, an invalid, burdened by the status of the need to become a gentleman by birth. A pragmatic uncle, who took him to his education – a real citizen of his country – sensible, cautious, acting by the rules, tight-fisted. Unconfident aunt, living in a world of her own simple joy of serving her husband and the only person who loves our hero. Cruel children, cruel teachers with few exceptions. And there is no indisputable authority, there is no person able to impose, prohibit, pamper, in a word, responsible for his fate. The parent. He takes responsibility for himself. He fixated on his own limp, and not only on lameness, only on his own feelings, grievances and pretensions, unhappy, misunderstood, he tries to find his place in life through trial and error.

This novel scratches from the reader all the hidden and unsightly, grinds and makes you taste, forces you to look at yourself in the mirror and evaluate your essence from the outside. Perhaps, it is this work that can reshape for the better, both beginners and already held “earthly navels” …

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