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Of Human Bondage is a masterpiece of autobiographical fiction and one of Maugham's best-loved works. From a tormented orphan with a clubfoot, Philip Carey grows into an impressionable young man with a voracious appetite for adventure and knowledge. His cravings take him to Paris at age eighteen to try his hand at art, then back to London to study medicine. But even so, nothing can sate his nagging hunger for experience. Then he falls obsessively in love, embarking on a disastrous relationship that will change his life forever.

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"The modern writer who has influenced me most" (George Orwell)

"Maugham has given infinite pleasure and left us a splendour of writing which will remain for as long as the written English word is permitted to exist" ( Daily Telegraph)

"This semi-autobiographical novel, set at the end of the 19th century, gripped me from the start with its tale of the life of Philip Carey. Its depiction of how a man can become enslaved by an unsuitable love is unsparing" (Christopher Simon Sykes The Week)

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