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The Razor's Edge is a novel by W. Somerset Maugham. The book was first published in 1944

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Somerset MAUGHAM The Razor's Edge I 1I have never begun a novel with more misgiving. If I call it a novel it is only because I don't know what elseto call it. I have little story to tell and I end neither with a death nor a marriage. Читать онлайн The Razor's Edge. I think when he turned the pages of the Almanach de Gotha his heart beat warmly as one name after another brought back to him recollections of old wars, historic sieges, and celebrated duels, diplomatic intrigues, and the love affairs of kings. Such anyhow was Elliott Templeton.

I think when he turned the pages of the Almanach de Gotha his heart beat warmly as one name after another brought back to him recollections of old wars, historic sieges, and celebrated duels, diplomatic intrigues, and the love affairs of kings.

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Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) was an English novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. His best-known novels include Of Human Bondage, The Moon and Sixpence, Cakes and Ale, and The Razor's Edge. The Razor's Edge is a classic novel that has inspired everyone from Steve Martin to, well, Bill Murray. Perhaps that's not so diverse really. It may change your life.

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The Razor’s Edge, philosophical novel by W. Somerset Maugham, published in 1944. Set in Chicago, Paris, and India in the 1920s and ’30s, it involves characters. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: W. Hardy and Hugh Walpole; and The Razor’s Edge (1944), the story of a young American war veteran’s quest for a satisfying way of life.

The Razor's Edge follows the spiritual and physical journey of Larry Darrell, a sensitive, intelligent young man who .

The Razor's Edge follows the spiritual and physical journey of Larry Darrell, a sensitive, intelligent young man who refuses to conform to the prevailing social norms of post-World War I America. The novel opens with narrator and author W. Somerset Maugham admitting his apprehension at writing a story that doesn't have a clear ending and that takes place over a long interval.

The Great War changed everything and the years following it were tumultuous - most of all for those who lived the war first-hand. Maugham himself is a character in this novel of self-discovery and search for meaning, but the protagonist is a character named Larry. Battered physically and spiritually by the war, Larry's physical wounds heal, but his spirit is changed almost beyond recognition. He leaves his betrothed, the beautiful and devoted Isabel. He studies philosophy and religion in Paris. He lives as a monk. He witnesses the exotic hardships of Spanish life. All of life that he can find - from an Indian Ashrama to labor in a coal mine - becomes Larry's spiritual experiment as he spurns the comfort and privilege of the Roaring '20s. Maugham's theme is the contrast of spiritual content between Larry and the growing materialism and sophistication of those he left behind - and the surprising irony of where both of those paths lead.

This book is probably not for everyone, with a somewhat dated style, but I loved the story of Larry Darrell, a man relentlessly pursuing a meaningful life, despite pressure from all around him, even from the woman he loves.

Darrell is sort of the original hippy, searching for spiritual fulfillment everywhere from a catholic monastery to a Indian ashram, while those around him destroy themselves chasing after material wealth, prestige, power, and all the other ‘worldly’ things which to Larry hold no value.

I especially like the way he steadfastly refuses to bow to societal pressure. We’re bombarded on TV with images of people who are supposed to be ‘rebels’ because they use a certain kind of deodorant (which, of course, everybody else also uses), or drive a particular car. Darrell truly is a rebel, going his own way, living life the way HE wants, refusing to be distracted by society’s rules. He doesn’t argue, he doesn’t try to convince others to join him. He just ‘does his own thing’.

All in all, I found it an inspiring, life-affirming story.
I decided to read this 1944 book by W. Somerset Maugham after channel surfing and finding that the 1946 movie by the same name with Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, Cliffton Webb and Anne Baxter was already at the 10 minute point when I started watching it. I wanted to see the film because of the famous cast (all ‘Stars’, with Baxter having won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress), the interesting topic, and I wanted to read this book for 2 reasons: 1. to find out what had happened at the beginning of the film because I missed the first 10 minutes of it and 2. to read the classic W. Somerset Maugham book, with ALL of the details of the book that might pertain to the film – and read about other, interesting details not shown in the film.

After watching the film, I had to digest it and decompress. (Please see my review of this 1946 film here because it was the main reason that I wanted to read the book: .) The Razor's Edge

When I had started to read the book, I realized that the main narrator was the author himself, Maugham. Throughout the book, he gave a general running narration and often a dialog mainly with Larry Darrell (Tyrone Power), the main character. Isabel Bradley (Gene Tierney), Cliffton Webb (‘Uncle’ Elliott Templeton), and Anne Baxter (Sophie MacDonald) were secondary characters and also interacted with Maugham. In fact, all 5 of these people including ‘Uncle’ Elliot who asked Maugham to join him, were invited to a party, starting in chapters 5 and 6. This scene set the platform for the rest of the story. Note that the times were prosperous, some of these people came from old money, many were well-travelled internationally and knew and mixed with royalty. ‘It was the best of times’! And then came the Depression.

The time jumps back and forth throughout the book but still follows a main chronological forward time momentum, especially in dealings with Maugham and Larry throughout the book. Maugham takes a very cordial, non-judgmental approach in dealing with Larry and what he says, but Maugham does ask Larry questions and carries on interesting conversations with him throughout the entire book.

There is also much movement from countries to continents and then back to some places many times because these places lend importance to what happens throughout the book. These places also lend themselves to being areas in which very important ‘lessons in life’ are learned, involving some of the people, what they do, and what their main moral (or immoral) compasses pull them to do.

Larry spent 5 years in India with yogis; a lot of time in France, especially the countryside with holy men; 1 year in Germany; some time in Spain and Italy; and more time in Burma, China, and Tibet. He lived on his inheritance to be able to do this. He took odd jobs along the way and learned lessons about life by working and interfacing with people in their own native languages.

In all, Larry spent 50 years on 3 continents trying to understand why, during WWI, as a pilot, he survived, while his friend died.

What ‘he learned was that the path to enlightenment is as sharp as the razor’s edge. (Please see my review of the 1984 Bill Murray film of this book: .) The Razor's Edge

This book is a classic and should be on the bookshelf of every thinking person who questions: what is important in life, how should people treat others, what is the importance of money and inheritance in life, what constitutes a good life, how can one become illuminated, etc. It also deals with having to change and let go of people, relationships, things, and places, so that one can best unselfishly help others while still learning to be the best person that he can be.

This is a book that you will enjoy reading multiple times.
I had read this book long back, I was probably much less than twenty. I remember being intrigued by this book because this was not the Maugham that I had earlier experience. The nag remained with me for quite long.

So, twenty years down the line, I decided to revisit this book to clear my nag. And am so glad that I did it. This is not a story book, it is deeply philosophical book, some thing like Jidu’s works. But leave to a master with Maugham to make it so much more readable. Every character in this book holds a mirror to us, whether it be Isabel, Elliot or Gray. I am sure many a times in life, I may have been one of those characters.

While Maugham, in all his modesty, tells the readers that one can skip the chapter 6 (i did that probalbly and that is why had to come back), but that chapter contains a big key to understanding many questions of life – why do some people pursue perfection , are they pursuing glory in the process; what is a sin and if there are sinner, where is God; can one really understand God; what is Reality and Absolute. These are many questions for which Maugham has tried to find answers in Hinduism. But what makes it interesting is the lucidness with which Maugham handles these questions. Being a Hindu, I can say this is one of the shortest work on Hinduism and because it is short, makes it so much more relevant.

Thank you, Maugham. You are and will remain the best for me.
A classic story by a master, The Razor's Edge is so well-written that the reader glides through the story easily. There are none of the jarring grammar or punctuation gaffes included in most of today's self-published books, although some of the English usage is archaic and obviously British. It's a perfect teaching tool for aspiring writers in search of a this-is-how-it's-done manual. The story is about a self-discovery journey taken in an era long before it was common to do so. It describes one man's strength of will to keep searching for meaning at the cost of his place in society, a trait found only in the rare few who feel a profound dissatisfaction with the mundane world. The character descriptions are vivid and detailed; it's a mark of genius when readers understand the characters even if there is nothing in common with them. Highly recommend.