Of Human Bondage

41y7aJSsMBLNot really sure what to say about this book, beyond saying that you should read it…

It’s obviously an influential classic, and it is recognizable in Orwell, as is the style of that period, early Huxley (Antic Hay, for example).

The portrayal of the main character is so detailed, and sensitive, that you can’t help but wonder if it isn’t just a little to personal. A case of an author pouring his life into a character to the extent that some of the detail makes you recoil. The description of teenage angst and trauma, the depiction of struggle against religion and the striving for meaning… always poignant, and close enough to personal experience to leave you a little uneasy.

Similarly, the major relationship of the book involves a character so well written that you can’t help but get involved. There are passages where it feels like you are watching a car careening towards a cliff edge, completely powerless to help and aghast. The inevitable wreckage often left me unable to continue reading for a few days. “Fucking Mildred!”

Five stars, highly recommended, you should read this book, etc.

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