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W. Somerset Maugham: Of Human Bondage
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Of Human Bondage: This semi-autobiographical novel explores obsession. After failing as an artist in France, sensitive Philip Carey returns to England to go to medical school. It is there that he falls in love with a cheap and worthless waitress, Mildred. After she finally leaves him, he finds a comfortable love with a novelist. When Mildred returns, will he take her back? What sort of misery and pain await him if he does? Why do humans allow themselves to be bound to another in this way? (Fiction, 1915, 798 pages)
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