Brigette Reviews The Moon And Sixpence

The Moon And Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham

moon and sixpence

Describe it in 25 words or less. A man sacrifices everything in order to be a painter.

Who was your favorite character and why? Dirk Stroeve because of his immense capacity to forgive.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Charles Strickland because he was incredibly selfish.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? I found it a very quick read and very easy to settle into.

What did you think of the ending? Appropriate.

What was the moral of the story? There’s a fine line between genius and madness.

Favorite quote: “We seek pitifully to convey to others the treasures of our heart, but they have not the power to accept them, and so we go lonely, side by side but not together, unable to know our fellows and unknown by them.”

Have you read other books by the same author? I’ve read W. Somerset Maugham’s, The Painted Veil, and enjoyed it very much as well.

How does the book compare to the film? There was a film adaptation of this made in 1942 but I have not seen it and can’t imagine that it would do the book justice.

Who would you recommend it to? People who enjoy intense character studies even when the characters are seriously flawed.

Number of unknown words: 26

Craft/Activity: Learn how to play piquet.

Recipe: Tahitian Curry

Artwork: Matamoe Aka Landscape With Peacocks by Paul Gauguin

moon and sixpence artwork
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When was the last time you went against societal expectations of you?

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