Review Of ‘Of Human Bondage’

                 Okay, classical novels are not my cup of tea. Okay, I don’t drink tea either so that expression is useless. What I mean is though I do go through classical novels; they are the thriller type novels like ‘20,000 leagues under the sea’ or ‘The Time Machine’. So anyway, I was in between exams and I thought ‘Hmmm…Looks complex. Can’t be worse than Electrical Machines – 2.’ So I read it. Now the synopsis at the back says it is ‘One of the great novels of the twentieth century, Of Human Bondage tells a fascinating tale of sexual obsession’.

                  Utter bullshit, the maximum titillation provided by the book occurs on page 341, ‘He seized her in his arms and kissed her passionately, but she pushed him away.’ But I guess in 1915, that was the equivalent to today’s ’50 Shades of Crap’. But let’s move on to the review.

                      The book starts with an introduction to our protagonist, Philip Carey who at the age of nine, has just been orphaned. Notice that all classic novels which involve the journey of a boy who goes on to became a man start with said boy being orphaned. Take Great Expectations (Only managed to go through half of it), Oliver twist or Tom Sawyer. I mean it’s almost as if dead parents are a must. But anyway the first part of the book deals with him growing up humiliated and embarrassed because he has a club foot. Then he goes on to take a trip abroad where in he has his first adult experience, begins to question his own faith, his own morality, his own destiny, okay basically he questions a lot of things. And then he meets Mildred. Here’s where the story perks up. Because Mildred is someone who, if she lived in our time would be called a gold-digger, a witch, a something which rhymes with witch and a psychotic and irrational female. But Philip falls in love with her. And enters the dark dreaded region of infinite torture and irrational hope. The FriendZone.

                         Yes dear readers, turns out the friend zone existed in the 1910’s too. Mildred not only wraps Philip around her little finger but almost around every other appendage. He bends over backwards, forwards and occasionally sideways for her in an endless cycle amidst jealousy and intrigue. But it’s nicely wrapped in the end, proving that karma is a bitch.

                    Honestly, speaking I actually found the book interesting. The beginnings a bit slow but it picks up pace. I would recommend it if you have nothing else to do and want to immerse yourself in a little misery. Cheers!

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