|Of Human Bondage|
Title: Of Human Bondage
Author: W. Somerset Maugham
Publication Date: 1915
How I Found It: 100 Best Novels
Date Completed: 8/26/16
Summary: The novel follows Philip Carey throughout his life as he searches for satisfaction.
What I Thought: Ultimately, for me, this falls into the increasingly broad category of bland English novel. In many ways, I feel as this genre has been the one to suffer in my esteem because of the 100 Best Novels challenge. It's a type of novel I used to enjoy so much, and I now I am finding them so homogeneous and even a bit insufferable at times.
Of course, Of Human Bondage probably never would have completely fit the mold of the English novels I loved. The main character of Philip is hardly one which endears himself to readers. I found him prone to whining and fickle in his ambitions and feelings. Really, the book is chronicle of how Philip cannot control his own urges - physically or emotionally. While Clyde in An American Tragedy is a perfectly awful person, he really commits to it. His character feels consistent and on a consistent moral slide for the duration of the novel. Philip cannot seem to make up his mind as to what he wants from life and what he's willing to do to achieve it. He's a better person than Dreiser's Clyde, but not a better character.