Larry Darrell, haunted by the horrors of the war, abandons his easy life and glowing prospects for an odyssey that takes him from the trenches of World War I to the Paris of Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein, then on to a monastery in the Tibetan mountains. The progress of his spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham's most brilliant characters - his fiancEe Isabel whose choice between love and wealth have lifelong repercussions, and Elliott Templeton, her uncle, a classic expatriate American snob. Maugham himself wanders in and out of the story, to observe his characters struggling with their fates.
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by W. Somerset Maugham
by Jack London
by Charles Dickens
by R.L. Stine
"This is a masterful adaptation of Maugham's tale of one man's search for enlightenment. His quest weaves through European and American society from WWI through the Great Depression, allowing Maugham to introduce characters from every niche of French, American, and English society. It's a pleasure to hear Michael Page switch accents to bring each of them to life. His voice balances perfectly Maugham's strong narrative with the individualized syntax and slang that distinguishes them. Page also manages one of the toughest tasks of all, delivering Maugham's reflections on the nature of the human spirit so that both the worldly cynicism and the spiritual yearning come through. G.T.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"
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