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Of Human Bondage Book Review Summary

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Philip Care, an orphan is brought up by his aunt and uncle to take a vocation in the church; however, he defies his uncle and makes an important decision to leave his studies and follow an uncertain path to discover where his true potential lies. He tries accountancy and art, but settles on becoming a doctor. On his journey he becomes more aware of the complexities and inconsistencies of human nature and that striving for the unachievable may only lead him to an unhappy life.
This report prepared by Jonathan Harris



This novel by W. Somerset Maugham is a detailed account of a young Englishman named Philip Carey, and his search for meaning in his life. The author gives painful detail to Philip's accomplishments and failures, and shows the reader what Philip's destiny really should be--and it's not being an artist. Beautifully written and absorbing.
This report prepared by Magnolia Peterson



It's a very good book about a club-foot kid.
This report prepared by Rebel








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Coping with loss of loved one(s)    -   Yes Loss of...    -   mother Something wrong upstairs/downstairs?    -   searching for identity/meaning Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   rebelling against parent's expectations Loving/sexing?    -   girl chasing Brain/Body disability?    -   physical disability Love problems?    -   Obession with uninterested person

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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