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Characters in Smollett have become grotesque objects and, deprived of their
human appearances, turned into animals or insects, they are deprived of their
humanity. They are things to be kicked about, the sport of any crude horseplay,
Rather it is a philosophical fable on the vanity of human happiness. The prince
who leaves his birthplace in order to see the world and finds virtue nowhere, man
nowhere happy, returns to his kingdom to devote himself to the duties that lie ...
Yet Of Human Bondage has its value, and it comes precisely from Maugham's
honesty, his unflinching acceptance of his belief in the meaninglessness of life.
He is not, nor is Philip, to be comforted, and the novel gains in poignancy from
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Remember when literary critics read books and wrote about them? No? Well, I do now. He got a few things wrong - what did these people ever see in H.G. Wells? In Meredith? That they should be put next ... Read full review
s THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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