Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham

The novel follows the life of Philip Carey, a club-footed orphan who struggles with his disability and his passionate and unrequited love for a destructive woman. His journey takes him from a strict religious upbringing in England to an adventurous life in Paris where he attempts to become an artist before finally settling into a career in medicine. The story is a powerful exploration of human desire, ambition, and the search for meaning in life.

The 264th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 1162

Since this book was first published in 1915, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 1162.0.

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