[Novel] Somerset Maugham - The Moon and Sixpence (1919), English | Audiobook Online

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[Novel] Somerset Maugham – The Moon and Sixpence (1919), English | Audiobook Online
Author: William Somerset Maugham
Language: English
Genre: #Novel
Publication date: 1919

The Moon and Sixpence is a novel by W. Somerset Maugham first published in April 15th, 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.

Plot summary:
The novel 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, which the narrator recalls from memory (selectively editing or elaborating on certain aspects of dialogue, particularly Strickland’s, as Strickland is said by the narrator to have a very poor ability to express himself in words). The narrator first develops an acquaintance with Strickland’s wife at literary parties, and later meets Strickland himself, who appears to be an unremarkable businessman with no interest in his wife’s literary or artistic tastes.

Strickland is a well-off, middle-class stockbroker in London sometime in late 19th or early 20th century. Early in the novel, he leaves his wife and children and goes to Paris. (The narrator enters directly into the story at this point, when he is asked by Mrs Strickland to go to Paris and talk with her husband.) He lives a destitute but defiantly content life there as a painter, lodging in run-down hotels and falling prey to both illness and hunger. Strickland, in his drive to express through his art what appears to continually possess and compel him on the inside, cares nothing for physical discomfort and is indifferent to his surroundings. He is helped and supported by a commercially successful but hackneyed Dutch painter, Dirk Stroeve (coincidentally, also an old friend of the narrator’s), who recognises Strickland’s genius as a painter. After helping Strickland recover from a life-threatening illness, Stroeve is repaid by having his wife, Blanche, abandon him for Strickland. Strickland later discards the wife; all he really sought from Blanche was a model to paint, not serious companionship, and it is hinted in the novel’s dialogue that he indicated this to her and she took the risk anyway. Blanche then commits suicide – yet another human casualty in Strickland’s single-minded pursuit of art and beauty; the first casualties being his own established life and those of his wife and children.

After the Paris episode, the story continues in Tahiti. Strickland has already died, and the narrator attempts to piece together his life there from recollections of others. He finds that Strickland had taken up a native woman, had two children by her, one of whom died, and started painting profusely. We learn that Strickland had settled for a short while in the French port of Marseilles before traveling to Tahiti, where he lived for a few years before dying of leprosy. Strickland left behind numerous paintings, but his magnum opus, which he painted on the walls of his hut before losing his sight to leprosy, was burnt after his death by his wife per his dying orders.

Inspiration:
The Moon and Sixpence is not, of course, a life of Paul Gauguin in the form of fiction. It is founded on what I had heard about him, but I used only the main facts of his story and for the rest trusted to such gifts of invention as I was fortunate enough to possess.

The life of the French artist Paul Gauguin is the inspiration for the story, however the character of Strickland as a solitary, sociopathic and destructive genius is more related to a mythological version of Gauguin’s life, which the artist himself developed and promoted, than the actual course of the artist’s life. The real Gauguin was a participant in the artistic developments in France in the 1880s, exhibiting his work regularly with the Impressionists, and having friendships and collaborations with many artists. Gauguin did work as a stockbroker, did leave his wife and family to devote his life to art, and did leave Europe for Tahiti to pursue his career; however none of this happened in the brutal way of the novel’s character. Maugham took inspiration from the published writings about Gauguin available at the time, as well as personal experience living among the artistic community in Paris in 1904, and a visit to Tahiti in 1914.

[Novel] Somerset Maugham – The Moon and Sixpence (1919), English | Audiobook Online

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (Korean: 사이코지만 괜찮아; RR: Saikojiman gwaenchana; lit. Psycho But It’s Okay) is a 2020 South Korean romantic television series starring Kim Soo-hyun and Seo Ye-ji. The series tells an unusual romance story between two people who end up healing each other’s emotional and psychological wounds. It airs on tvN every Saturday and Sunday at 21:00 (KST) time slot and will be available to stream worldwide on Netflix starting from June 20, 2020.
Synopsis
The drama tells the story of Moon Kang-tae (Kim Soo-hyun), a community health worker at a psychiatric ward who doesn’t have time for love, and Ko Moon-young (Seo Ye-ji), a successful children’s book author who suffers from antisocial personality disorder and has never known love. After meeting one another, the two slowly begin to heal each other’s emotional wounds.

Main

  • Kim Soo-hyun as Moon Kang-tae
  • Moon Woo-jin as young Moon Kang-tae
    An orphaned caretaker working at a psychiatric ward who was blessed with everything including a great body, brain, the ability to empathize with others, patience, the ability to react quickly, and stamina. However, he does not believe in love.
    • Seo Ye-ji as Ko Moon-young
    A popular children’s book author who suffers from antisocial personality disorder and knows nothing about love.
    • Oh Jung-se as Moon Sang-tae
    Kang-tae’s autistic older brother. He is a fan of Author Ko Moon Young.
    • Park Kyu-young as Nam Joo-ri
    A nurse, Moon Kang-tae’s co-worker.

    Supporting

    • Kim Joo-hun as Lee Sang-in
    A 38-year-old CEO of a publishing company. He started his career as an editor of a fairy tale story written by Moon-young.
    • Kim Chang-wan as Oh Ji-wang
    The president of the mental ward.
    • Kim Mi-kyung as Kang Soon-deok
    Chef at the mental ward, Joo-ri’s mother.
    • Lee Eol as Go Dae-hwan
    Moon-young’s father and a patient at the mental ward who suffers from dementia.
    • Jang Young-nam as Park Haeng-ja
    A strong and meticulous senior nurse.
    • Kang Ki-doong [ko] as Jo Jae-soo
    Kang-tae’s friend. He is self-employed.
    • Jang Gyu-ri as Sun Byul
    A nurse with 3 years of experience, Joo-ri’s best friend.
    • Park Jin-joo as Yoo Seung-jae
    The art director at Sang-in’s company.

    Extended cast

    • Woo Jung-won as Do Hee-jae
    Moon-young’s mother. A best-selling author who has disappeared for years.
    • Seo Joon as Kwon Min-suk
    • Choi Woo-sung as Oh Cha-yong
    • Kim Ki-chun as Gan Pil-ong
    • Jung Jae-kwang as Joo Jung-tae
    • Ji Hye-won as Lee Ah-reum
    • Kang Ji-eun as Park Ok-ran
    • Joo In-young as Yoo Sun-hae
    Park Kyu-young and Kang Ki-doong previously starred together in Romance Is a Bonus Book (2019)
    Kim Soo Hyun and Kim Chang-wan were also in My Love from the Star (2014), as main and supporting roles respectively.
    Park Jin-joo and Kim Mi-kyung were also reunited from Her Private Life (2019) as supporting roles.

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