The moon and sixpence
The Moon and Sixpence is a novel by W. Somerset Maugham, first published on April 15, 1919.
It is told in episodic form by a first-person narrator in a series of glimpses into the mind and soul of the central character, Charles Strickland, a middle-aged English stockbroker who abandons his wife and children abruptly to pursue his desire to become an artist.
The story is in part based on the life of the painter Paul Gauguin.
The book is written largely from the point of view of the narrator, a young, aspiring writer and playwright in London. Certain chapters entirely comprise accounts of events by other characters,
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