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Sintesi dell'editore

This is the story of an artist who was willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of art. In much of its general outline, this famous novel follows the life of Paul Gauguin, famous French post-impressionist painter, but it is not a novelized biography of Gauguin. Rather it is a sharply-delineated, carefully wrought "private life", written by one of the most vivid and penetrating contemporary literary masters.

Charles Strickland, the central character, is a stock broker in London. One day, at the age of 40, he leaves his business, his wife, and their children and goes to Paris. He has neither money nor prospects. He knows almost nothing of art. But he is seized with a passion to paint, and for the rest of his life nothing else matters to him. He gives up everything to which he has been accustomed for extreme poverty, social ostracism, and the freedom to paint. When he finally dies of leprosy in Tahiti, where he had gone native, the few paintings that turn up for sale bring only six to 10 francs apiece. But he has achieved his desire to create beauty and, with the years, the world fully recognizes his blazing genius.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • reggie p
  • 10/10/2005

great, simply great

This didn't make any sense to me at first...just seemed like a lot of rambling. Things started to pick up and come together around the 4th chapter and then they got great, really great.
This is a story about a writer writing a story about an artist. The characters are terrific and the plot unexpected. Although the book is relatively short, I felt nothing was left out. It was concise and complex, and I was fully engaged to the end.
The narrator did an absolutely superb job. He's one of the best I've heard.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Michael
  • 20/07/2007

Fascinating, discomforting, and worthwhile

The first few chapters might get you worried, rest assured after this extended idle this novel gets going. The novel is an exploration of character and philosophy, which may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I really enjoyed it. The story examines the depth of the veneer of society and the utility of endeavor, even for art, at the expense of all else.

3 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Waligora
  • 02/06/2005

chef d'oeuvre

complexity of life and art and love is written with so much intelligence and humour, that even with my difficult english (I'm french), I appreciate this book as one of the best book I ever read, near Dostoievski or Garcia Marquez.

2 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    out of 5 stars
  • Alan
  • 26/04/2005

a great reading by a great reader

excellent.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Charlotte Ravry
  • 01/04/2022

Strange

Strange how some persons love the reader and some can’t stand him.
I belong to the second category. I wonder how anyone can be so enthralled by his/her own voice that she/he completely loses any self criticism.
The story I had already read several times. I like Maugham very much.
I find this novel original . It makes one reflect a lot about the human mind.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tony
  • 29/03/2022

Strange novel which is not like many modern/American stories

“The Moon Sixpence”

….leaves a person disturbed, uneasy, and wondering about many things….(Things near, distant and unknown).

Wonderings about oneself + how this story fits (if at all) within the world/space one occupies themselves. But mostly (for me), I am left with the question: How do I account for this tale + should I gain a message or lesson with which to fortify my own life’s travels?

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Granny
  • 04/01/2022

Slow start, but s great story.

The narrator was excellent in pivoting from one character to another. The slight inflection in voice kept my interest. After the first couple of chapters, I was irrevocably hooked. This wasn't a neat, tidy happy ending tale. The drama and challenges of the characters were told in such a way that you wanted to know more. The author didn't leave you dangling trying to understand each person and truly brought the motives of all full circle. Well done!

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    2 out of 5 stars
  • DeeCee
  • 22/11/2021

Disappointing

Most of the characters were unsympathetic. The plot (such as it was) was hard to follow. I am a fan of the movie The Razor’s Edge but I don’t feel interested in reading any more by Maugham.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mitzi
  • 12/11/2021

5-star to Somerset Maugham, 0-stars to Davidson

The writer is a master, the reader a madman.
Frederick Davidson had previously ruined another Audible I purchased and returned. For various reasons, I had to stomach his ridiculous reading style through, this time: he is unbearable. And dulcis in fundo, he reads the last line of the whole book is such a way that is shockingly callous, abrupt, and doesn't allow the listener to gently come to a landing (so to speak) of this long journey... He just reads it with his idiotic intonation that does not know how to sound an actual full stop!
If you have a chance, read the physical book.
The story is good--almost a "take 2"/alternative version of "Of Human Bondage" by the same author... there are some elements in common between the two (the love of visual arts, the fascination with artists' lives, and so on), but "The Moon and Sixpence" is actually a tighter, more precise narrative, and strangely without a proper central character: the stage is ultimately shared by Strickland as much as by the narrator and other characters who populate the narrative with their own important presence. In fact, if anything, Strickland/Gauguin's elusiveness (his shallow characterization) is W. Somerset Maugham's major flaw here.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Booklover127
  • 10/11/2021

Good Book

This was an interesting book that was well written and well narrated. I enjoyed it. I think also, that the portrait of character based on the painter Gauguin, was a depiction of a sociopath. The observations of the author are strikingly on point in this regard.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Chris
  • 01/10/2008

Penetrating characterisations

Without sinking into the drone of psycho-babble, WSM creates and explores really colourful characters whose interaction reveals the nature of human being. We travel with these characters through a most engaging story, told with incredibly vivid use of language. I always imagined there must be a story behind the paintings of Gaugin; here it is. The narration is first class. If you haven't yet heard this audiobook then a treat awaits you.

6 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Ms. L. Benjamin
  • 02/12/2021

very good

I like Somerset Maugham's books, the way they go into a personality and what drives them.

2 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 09/05/2022

Always excellent

I found this to be an excellent, if western, reflection on beauty, suffering and the artist struggle for meaning in a world that only they truly understand and which does not understand them. The unnamed narrator is wholly and fundamentally set in the ranks of the English middle class and shares their prejudices. It is from that perspective the narrative explores its themes and it is interesting that the principle character and subject of story only finds his true, artistic voice in the company of what the narrator keeps referring to as 'natives'. His parting comment shows perhaps the authors more enlighten view behind that of his narrator. All in all a thoroughly good listen.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • JSM
  • 12/04/2022

Too long

There’s a glitch in chapter 7 with about 3 hours 31 seconds to go it jumps to another part in the story.

The story itself is ok but meanders towards the end and includes some racist language and attitudes that were prevalent at the time of writing.

It is also well read even though you can hear the reader moving around and the shuffling of paper/script.

1 persona l'ha trovata utile

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Vanessa H.
  • 11/02/2022

slow start

I almost gave up twice at the beginning of the book going off to listen to other books. once you are beyond the biography bit and the story starts in ernest it is well worth the listening. narration is old fashioned but possibly well suited

1 persona l'ha trovata utile

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Buys too much on Amazon!
  • 19/06/2022

Narrator sounds arrogant

I'm not far in, but it's difficult to get going due to the voice of snide arrogance of the narrator. Having listened to other Somerset Maughan books previously, I built a fondness for the author 's attitude, but the change in narrator grates somewhat.
It was an "Included" book so fortunately didn't cost me anything.

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • richard2
  • 13/05/2022

Interesting but very flawed

Somewhat compulsive, yet it is hideously sexist and pretty racist too. Also - the narrator sounds a bit like Kenneth Williams! Perhaps the connection with Gaugin gives it some substance. The general impression is rather distasteful somehow. Perhaps Maugham was a misogynist and racist, or just an Englishman of his era, or perhaps it is just easy to confuse the author’s attitude with that of ‘Strickland’, the protagonist.