A book tha changed my life. It is differnt from the other books Maugham has written, this dealing with the life of a boy, as he matures from a small kid to a man, always angry and desolate for having a limp. His life turns out to be a masochistic love story, with him always going back to the same woman, no matter how bad she treats him. I could easily identifywith his growing up in school, then his attempts at painting, and those drunk philosophical discussions. A must for every man.