The Moon and Sixpence (Somerset Maugham)

juli 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm (Geen categorie) (, )

Dit boek, verplichte lectuur voor cursisten Engels in het volwassenenonderwijs, heeft mij aangenaam verrast. Ik was sceptisch toen ik het boek begon te lezen (waarom in godsnaam cursisten dit boek laten lezen?), maar de oude meester kon me al snel overtuigen. Enkele quotes:

“The faculty for myth is innate in the human race. It seizes with avidity upon any incidents, surprising or mysterious, in the career of those who have at all distinguished themselves from their fellows, and invents a legend to which it then attaches a fanatical belief. It is the protest of romance against the commonplace of life.The incidents of the legend become the hero’s surest passport to immortality.”

“What chance is there that any book will make its way among the mutlitude of books? … Heaven knows what pains the author has been at, what bitter experiences he has endured and what heartache suffered, to give some chance reader a few hours’ relaxation or to while away the tedium of a journey. … The moral I draw is that the writer should seek his reward in the pleasure of his work and in release from the burden of his thoughts; and, indifferent to aught else, care nothing for praise or censure, failure or success.”

“Perhaps it is only by a kink in my nature … that I felt in such an existence, the share of the great majority, something amiss. I recognised its social value. I saw its ordered happiness, but a fever in my blood asked for a wilder course. There seemed to me something alarming in such esay delights. In my heart was a desire to live more dangerously. I was not unprepared for jagged rocks and treacherous shoals if I could only have change-change and the excitement of the unforeseen.”

“When people say they do not care what others think of them, for the most part they deceive themselves. Generally they mean only that they will do as they choose, in the confidence that no one will know their vagaries; and at the utmost only that they are willing to act contrary to the opinion of the majority because they are supported by the approval of their neighbours. It is not difficult to be unconventional in the eyes of the world when your unconventionality is but the convention of your set. It affords you then an inordinate amount of self-esteem. You have the self-satisfaction of courage without the inconvenience of danger.”

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