The Moon and Sixpence

  • by W. Somerset Maugham
  • Narrated by Steven Crossley
  • 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Based on the life of Postimpressionist artist Paul Gauguin, The Moon and Sixpence builds on a long tradition of European writing about the South Pacific as an exotic locale. It also marks the transformation of British writer W. Somerset Maugham from celebrated playwright to accomplished novelist.
In The Moon and Sixpence, Charles Strickland is a respectable London stockbroker who decides in middle age to abandon his wife and children and devote himself to his true passion: art. Strickland's destructive desire for self-expression takes him first to Paris to learn the craft of painting, and finally to Tahiti in the South Pacific. The Moon and Sixpence remains a complex and engaging novel echoing Maugham's own struggles between artistic expression and public respectability, and between his public persona and private life.

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Enjoyable novel, well narrated

This novel is loosely based on the life of artist Paul Gauguin. Fascinating story narrated superbly by Steven Crossley. A nice read!
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- Everett Leiter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-18-2010
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio