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This was the monthly selection for a book club I attend. There were a number of audio versions available - I picked the cheapest one. I like to listen to a book on my morning walks.
I looked forward to this book because I had an interest in Gauguin - I believe that like me Maugham was curious what would make a man abandon his family and business to join the Paris art scene etc. In this book the artist is an Englishman named Charles Strickland. He is a very strange character and not at all likable. His life follows the general pattern of Gauguin's but I doubt if he was very much like the real person.At any rate it is an interesting story.
This narrator was a good choice - he is an excellent reader and creates distinctive characters. I probably would never have listened to this book were it not the selection of my book club, but I did enjoy the story. Maugham is an excellent writer the characters are well developed. The are certainly not typical - either in fiction or real life.