I feel I don't have to divulge the synopsis of The Moon and Sixpence, as many other readers have given their own detailed accounts of the storyline, setting the scene quite clearly.
However I felt I had to express the feelings I went through while reading this book and the way in which it changed my outlook upon life.
I think we can all, at some point relate to the way in which Charles Strickland abandoned all that he had ever known. Some would say he took a gamble with life and in a sense, he did just that. Charles Strickland changed his life in such a dramatic way, a way in which the vast majority only ever dream of doing. His overpowering need to express something so great from within himself, coupled with his obstinate personality, lead him to that place of paradise which he had only ever seen in his minds eye. For him it was the place where he knew his soul would at last be able to rest in peace.
Having personally studied the life and works of the genius Paul Gauguin, I feel W. Somerset Maugham captured something so deep and personal and skillfully adapted his findings so that the reader could learn to look beyond his horizons with great hope.
I feel we all need time to look at what the future holds for us, it takes great courage to be who we want to be, but here is a beautiful story to uplift and enlighten our senses.
Thank you for reading my opinions.