The Moon and Sixpence

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The Moon and Sixpence  (1919) 
by William Somerset Maugham
The Moon and Sixpence is a book by William Somerset Maugham based on the life of the painter Paul Gauguin. The story is told in episodic form by the first-person narrator as a series of glimpses into the life of the central character, Charles Strickland, a middle aged English stock broker who abandons his wife and children abruptly in order to pursue painting.
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