The Moon and the Sixpence

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To follow up on his artistic vision, Charles Strickland, who is a staid banker, a man of wealth and privilege, leaves London for Paris and Tahiti, and in his quest makes forfeits that leave the lives of those closest to him in shreds.

What makes this book stand out?

The composition is based on the life of Paul Gauguin, The Moon and Sixpence is W. Somerset Maugham's ode to the sinewy powers behind creative maven.

Read it for

It has a romantic appeal to the placid and unfrequented youth demographic. That's the cause of the simple fact that in a quiet, British sort of way, this is a nearly perfect piece of writing.

Don't read it for

The uttermost misogyny of most of the characters is bothersome. The tone of this book is that the lead character has a misleading appearance.

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