Of Human Bondage is a literary beacon of light for the wayward drifter who is in the grip of an emotional force that is larger than him or herself. It is a piece of literature that can resonate quite loudly for people who are in a transitional phase in their lives, whether it be coming out of a hardship or entering into one (you decide), searching for the ideal career, the perfect mate or all of the above. Of Human Bondage addresses, at its core, the fixations and or foibles that can or can't … more
I suspect that anyone who's heard of this novel but has not read it assumes, as I did, that it's about a young man named Philip Carey who falls in love with a waitress named Mildred and wishes he hadn't. Not exactly. It's about Philip Carey, and he falls in love with Mildred and wishes he hadn't, but there's a lot of other stuff before and after that. This is what they used to call a bildungsroman, which is just the German word for "novel of education" or something like that - it's a type of novel … more
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