The Moon And Sixpence

The Moon And Sixpence

Written by:
Somerset Maugham
Narrated by:
The Hammer , Geoffrey Giuliano
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Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2023
7 hours 55 minutes
'The Moon and Sixpence' is a captivating novel by W. Somerset Maugham, published in 1919. Loosely inspired by the life of the renowned French artist Paul Gauguin, the story delves into the life of Charles Strickland, a middle-aged Englishman leading a seemingly ordinary life as a stockbroker in London. However, Strickland's life takes a drastic turn when he abruptly abandons his family and career to pursue his burning passion for art in the bohemian world of early 20th-century Paris.

As Strickland immerses himself in the world of painting, he undergoes a profound transformation, shedding his societal constraints and embracing an unconventional and often controversial lifestyle. His single-minded devotion to his art takes him to far-flung places, including the South Pacific, where he seeks inspiration amidst primitive cultures. Through Strickland's relentless pursuit of artistic expression, Maugham explores themes of artistic genius, the clash between societal norms and individual desires, and the sacrifices an artist may make in the name of their craft.

'The Moon and Sixpence' is a thought-provoking exploration of the tension between conformity and the pursuit of one's true calling. Maugham's narrative skillfully captures Strickland's enigmatic character and the turbulent emotions that drive him. The novel challenges readers to contemplate the price of artistic freedom and the complexities of the human spirit in the face of unconventional choices, making it a timeless work that continues to resonate with those who seek to understand the nature of artistic genius and the sacrifices it may entail.
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