Moon and Sixpence has influenced my view of how I should spend my life significantly. It feels like it shows me a completely different possibility of life, and also the chance to change, take control of my own life. The way William Maugham manages this story, which is firstly unclear when you start the book, is really impressing as you gradually read through. Rather than directly demonstrate the life of Strickland through the third person angle or perspective of the main character, as novels always do, the life of our great artist is told through different people who had met him before. And due to the difference of individuals, the stories and image of Strickland vary much, and some of them can't even be fully trusted, which appeals to me so much. I strongly recommend this book to teens who are confused by life. This book will give you great inspiration. 5/5 Stars. @Rocksy of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
This book portrays the cruel and artistic genius of a painter and contrasts it with the hurt his obsession with art causes his loved ones. This story is said to be based on the real life artist Paul Gauguin.
Strickland is an insufferable arse, but the beauty of the sentences make this book worth it.
As the previous reader says, I also feel conflicted with giving this a great rating. The story is riveting but the main character of Strickland is just too much over the top to be believable. I can't imagine a person with a personality like his surviving let alone having such an artistic soul. The two don't match. He (the artist) makes his point that the only thing in life worth living for is to be creative no matter who he hurts or offends. He has no respect for women or anyone of another race or even for his fellow artists. He's altogether a despicable person but that's part of the reason this is such a great story.
I feel conflicted about giving this a "very good" rating. The writing and story are both superb, but the themes are very hard to take. 1. Good guys finish last and are buffoons. 2. Women can only love men who physically and psychologically abuse them, and other than housekeeping and romance have no real value. 3. The genius of the artist is an excuse for horrendous behavior. 4. Beauty and Truth are more valuable than love. Then there is a dash of racism to make sure that every possible reader can find a way to be offended. Are these the author's beliefs or is he just yanking our chains? I don't know, but it makes for some interesting and disturbing reading.
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