Track Chapter Length
01 01 - Chapters 1 through 6 47:41
02 02 - Chapters 7 through 12 53:31
03 03 - Chapters 13 through 16 47:25
04 04 - Chapters 17 through 20 41:13
05 05 - Chapters 21 through 23 41:49
06 06 - Chapters 24 through 28 50:36
07 07 - Chapters 29 through 32 43:51
08 08 - Chapters 33 through 35 50:20
09 09 - Chapters 36 through 39 47:42
10 10 - Chapters 40 through 42 45:39
11 11 - Chapters 43 through 45 51:50
12 12 - Chapters 46 through 48 51:04
13 13 - Chapters 49 through 52 59:14
14 14 - Chapters 53 through 56 46:17
15 15 - Chapters 57 through 60 47:56
16 16 - Chapters 61 through 65 51:46
17 17 - Chapters 66 through 69 54:59
18 18 - Chapters 70 through 73 56:19
19 19 - Chapters 74 through 77 50:30
20 20 - Chapters 78 through 80 41:48
21 21 - Chapters 81 through 84 52:37
22 22 - Chapters 85 through 87 41:17
23 23 - Chapters 88 through 91 49:32
24 24 - Chapters 92 through 94 44:51
25 25 - Chapters 95 through 97 44:23
26 26 - Chapters 98 through 101 47:38
27 27 - Chapters 102 through 104 28:27
28 28 - Chapters 105 through 107 44:52
29 29 - Chapters 108 through 110 45:33
30 30 - Chapters 111 through 113 42:49
31 31 - Chapters 114 through 117 51:50
32 32 - Chapters 118 through 120 38:19
33 33 - Chapters 121 through 122 24:41

 

Production
Book Coordinator: Tom Weiss
Meta Coordinator: Laurie Anne Walden
Proof Listener: mim@can (1949-2017)

Artwork
Cover: Cover design based on 1936 hardcover edition from Doubleday & Co.
Inset: Portrait of William Somerset Maugham, May 26, 1934, by Carl Van Vechten.
Insert: Caricature of British novelist W. Somerset Maugham. New York Public Library Archives, Historical and Public Figures Collection

The phrase W. Somerset Maugham used as the title for Of Human Bondage comes from Part IV of Spinoza’s Ethics, “Of Human Bondage, or the Strength of the Emotions”, which treats the general inability of people to control their emotions, and thus constitutes a type of bondage. He goes on to connect beliefs to emotions of pleasure and pain and how desires evolve into plans and outcomes.  That central theme runs through the life arc of Philip Carey, a character based in part on Maugham. Orphaned at age nine and afflicted with a club foot, he is taken in by an aunt and emotionally remote uncle and soon shunted off to a boarding school. We follow his evolution through his youth, education, his awkward first loves, his difficulties in finding a vocational fit, and the heartbreaks and disappointments he encounters in his quest for meaning.  Maugham dissects the confusion and dissonance of being simultaneously attracted to and repulsed by people, objects, thoughts and events with surgical precision and cool detachment.  His descriptions reveal an artist’s eye and his conversations have a musician’s ear for pitch, tone and timbre. The result is a depiction of the complexity and ambivalence of living in the changing environment of the modern world that Theodore Dreiser called a work of genius and compared to a Beethoven symphony. It is no surprise that the Modern Library included Of Human Bondage at number 66 on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th Century.


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EAN 0701236969849
Media MP3 CD
Package DVD box
Author Henry James (1844 - 1916)
Recording
Read by Tom Weiss
Length 25 hours and 38 minutes
Type Solo

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Of Human Bondage

  • Author: Henry James
  • Product Code: DB-2009
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