Larry Darrell is a young American in search of the absolute The progress of his spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham s most brilliant characters his fianc e 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 obseLarry Darrell is a young American in search of the absolute The progress of his spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham s most brilliant characters his fianc e 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.From the Trade Paperback edition.
The Razor s Edge Larry Darrell is a young American in search of the absolute The progress of his spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham s most brilliant characters his fianc e Isabel whose choice between
The best novel I ve read since joining might be The Razor s Edge, the 20th century bestseller by prolific British playwright and author W Somerset Maugham Published in the U.S in 1944 a bit of my euphoria has to do with the book much of my intoxication has to do with the time in my life which I read this particular book In 2016, I came into a creative stride, writing first drafts of a short story and a novella and completing the groundwork for the final draft of a novel I started smoking a pipe [...]
Its a toss up when you decide to leave the beaten track Many are called, few are chosen A classic which is really worth reading The author narrates the tale of a man who is in search of the true meanings of life by turning down opportunities and taking up a road less taken lifestyle In The Razor s Edge Maugham introduces the reader with Larry Darrel, an American pilot who is in shock after his experiences during the World War I After returning from war, he was so changed with his perspectives ab [...]
This has to be the most endearing and accessible of Maugham s books With the right smattering of philosophy and literary techniques to keep one challenged too.It has been one of the defining books in my life.
One of Maugham s three major novels TIME That s high praise coming from TIME magazine This MUST be good.I m sure some of you are familiar with a little American television drama series that aired on HBO from 2002 2008 called The Wire I was way late to the party, but over the past 6 months or so, I ve managed to watch all 5 glorious seasons back to back to back Well, glorious to a point But what the hell happened in season 5 I kept waiting for it to get good, kept waiting for something to happen [...]
Rating 4.25 of fiveThe Publisher Says Intimate acquaintances but less than friends, they meet and part in postwar London and Paris Elliot, the arch snob but also the kindest of men Isabel, considered to be entertaining, gracious, and tactful Gray, the quintessence of the Regular Guy Suzanne, shrewd, roving, and friendly Sophie, lost, wanton, with a vicious attractiveness about her and finally Larry, so hard and so trustful, lost in the world s confusion Their story, one of Somerset Maugham s bes [...]
I love this book I absolutely adore it.Larry has returned from World War I and refuses to engage in life Isabel, his finance, is a member of Chicago high society who finds Larry s lack of interest in life troubling.Grey, Larry s good friend and a successful stock broker, is loyal to Larry despite his secret love for Isabel.Sound like a soap opera It should Told from the first person by Maugham himself, who runs into Larry every few years over a twenty year period, this is the story of one man s [...]
I didn t love it as much as I expected The premise that Eastern philosophy has something to offer us in the West just isn t as novel as when this book was originally published Maugham s description of upper crust society in Paris is bitchy and wonderfully astute at times But, like most authors, he found it easier to describe the sinners than the saints Larry Darrell, the saint of this book, just doesn t seem human or interesting He and his quest for enlightenment and or belief in God are one big [...]
Back in the dark days of the mid 80s, I read somewhere that Bill Murray was going to be in a movie called The Razor s Edge, and that it was based on a book Since this was long before the days where you could check to see what the movie was going to be about, I figured the book had to be hilarious since Murray was starring in it So I found the book at the library and started reading I was pretty shocked to find that it was a serious story about a guy who goes looking for the meaning of life I was [...]
Self sacrifice to Save Another is the most overwhelming of human passions Yet, the path to Salvation is as difficult to pass over as the sharp edge of a razor Revised updated 9 10 17 From film version, 1984This novel of Larry Darrell s spiritual journey struck me hard with Maugham s valuable instruction on how self sacrifice to save another is greater than any other human passion This powerful, sobering story begins with Darrell returning immensely affected by WW I and yearning for than a retur [...]
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So let me start with a few of the reasons why I shouldn t have liked this book I usually prefer contemporary fiction The Americans are, for the most part, sad, sad characters Eliot is obsessed with society and culture to the detriment of love and emotion Isabel wouldn t marry Larry because he would never be rich, and she was disappointed when she inherited some Picassos and Matisses because they wouldn t match her modern decor Gray was somewhat single minded about work The level of detail used t [...]
What a keen observer of people Maugham is This book is just a wonderful delight, amusing serious at the same time, filled with Maugham s warm, wonderful observations of people It s like visiting a bunch of old friends various times throughout the years, telling stories, catching up on gossip, pondering the meaning of life, etc Maugham writes beautifully All the characters are great true people with many virtues, but flaws too the flaws don t detract, though, just make them real Elliott becomes t [...]
When I first read this, I was too overwhelmed to try to sum up my feelings about it with just a bit of text Plus, I wasn t on at the time There is still no earthly way that I can convey how fantastic this book is, but I did want to mention what still strikes me years later In the hands of most authors, this book would focus on Larry, the young man who abandons a life of privilege to seek enlightenment and meaning after terrible experiences in the Great War His fiancee, who breaks her engagement [...]
Oh, Mr Maugham, there are moments when I love you so much I could burst Moments when I wish there were a six star rating, so I could put it into your hands and say I got that part and it resonated with me Moments when I want to say, enough of that, get back to the story , only to find That is the story, That is the heart.This novel made me wish to live in the post WWI twenties and have endless possibilities open to me It made me examine the life I have lived and wonder if I couldn t have gotten [...]
Maugham appears as the narrator in this story of Larry Darrel, a young American who lied about his age to be able to become an airman in the first World War After a traumatic experience there he no longer wishes to satisfy the expectations of his friends and join his schoolmate Gray s father s brokerage company, or indeed any other reasonable form of earning a living He wishes to loaf Isabel, his shallow, mercenary fiancee gives him two years in Paris to get this strange idea out of his system h [...]
Boring for most, enlightening for some, and absolutely beautiful to very few, this book describes the journey of a man disillusioned with the materialistic predilections of society After some rather traumatic experiences as a fighter pilot in WW I, American Larry Darrell relocates to France, where he dedicates himself to a life of learning and seeking A pilgrimage to India results in a spiritual revelation for Darrell, and it is at this point that his entire world begins to shift Stylistically, [...]
In 1919,war hero Larry Laurence Darrell,returns to his hometown of Chicago.Wounded twice,the aviator, has a deeper injury.A friend saved his life but lost his, over France,dying on the groundIsabel Bradley, Larry s fiancee,notices the change.When his best friend Gay Maturin, gets his millionaire father Henry ,to offer his pal a good job Darrell turns it down He doesn t want to sell bonds.Who does But you can make a lot of lovely money.W.Somerset Maugham,the famous British author is visiting the [...]
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Maugham, you son of a bitch You know, at one time I made quite a little reputation for myself as a humorist by the simple process of telling the truth It came as such a surprise to most people that they thought I was being funny There are the first thirty pages of a Somerset Maugham book, and then there are the next 200, or 300, or 400 pages that turn it on its head It s a game now for me, to form as fast and as sure an opinion of the people he puts in those first thirty pages so the rest of the [...]
I really enjoy Maugham s writing No one writes a snob quite like Maugham does He generally creates interesting characters characters that stay with me Now, I m hopeless with names and I couldn t be bothered looking them up, but that woman he falls in love with in Of Human Bondage and the other woman who is lucky to get away from him in the same book are remarkable characters Characters that leap off the page in their own way.This book is supposed to be based on real life in fact, it claims to be [...]
O fio da navalha , publicado em 1944 , vendeu mais de 3 milh es de c pias e ficou quase um ano na lista dos mais vendidos.O livro conta a hist ria de Larry que termina seu relacionamento com a jovem Isabel ,abandona os amigos e parte em viagem para a Europa , ndia A ndia tem alguma coisa pra me dar que eu preciso ter e outras regi es desconhecidas em busca de um sentido para a sua vida e tamb m tentar esquecer os traumas que teve na primeira Guerra mundial onde participou como piloto e viu seu c [...]
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Ebbi l intuizione, non saprei chiamarla altrimenti, che nell anima di quel ragazzo c era un aspirazione confusa, fatta non capivo se di idee embrionali o di vaghe emozioni, che lo riempiva di irrequietezza e lo spingeva verso qualcosa a lui ignoto Pronta anch io a partire per l India alla ricerca dell Illuminazione, mentre impacchetto tutte le mie cose, cercando di ricongiungere ciascun calzino multicolor con il proprio compagno perduto e di sorvegliare la mia gatta affinch non si addormenti den [...]
William Somerset Maugham definisce il suo romanzo semplicemente rosa , nel senso che tutti i protagonisti hanno raggiunto la realizzazione dei loro sogni da un lato c il sogno americano concretizzato nella capricciosa e ambiziosa Isabel, fanciulla di ottima famiglia borghese che sposa un agente di borsa ricco e dal futuro ancora pi roseo, improvvisamente spazzato via dalla Grande Crisi del 1929, nonch nel dandysmo dello zio di Isabel, Elliott, ricchissimo snob dedito alla mondanit e agli investi [...]
Somerset Maugham continues to justify his place on my list of favorite writers His narrative is crisp and moves the plot along well without giving characters or events short shrift His insightful, soul searching characters which not all of them are have the kinds of conversations you sometimes have and wish you did often about philosophy, art, and life issues He is able to find the good in his characters and yet no sugar coat their flaws This book will be helpful and meaningful for anyone tryin [...]
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I liked it As for writing a review there are a TON of EXCELLENT reveiws already written which I ve enjoyed very much myself many of them expanded my own understanding and views of this book.One little thing which bugged me personally lol is that LEGS on woman seemed to be a first physical focus fat or thin short or tall As a female I was a little tired of the LEG talk.Larry spent 2 years in an Ashram I spent a week and had enough A VERY close friend and professional international singer grew up [...]
I liked The Razor s Edge and the memorable characters Maugham s style of story telling and also including himself as a character were so lively and straight forward that I felt I explored through the character s lives for about two weeks It was also for me a reminiscence of The Great Gatsby at the beginning because of the high class American characters like Elliott Templeton and their social parties and if I am correct they both occurred in the same period of time between WWI WWII Larry is someo [...]