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    In all big cities there are self contained groups that exist without intercommunication small worlds within a greater world that lead their lives their members dependent upon one another for companionship as thou

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    570 From 1001 Books The Razor’s Edge – William Somerset MaughamThe Razor's Edge is a novel by W Somerset Maugham The book was first published in 1944 It tells the story of Larry Darrell an American pilot traumatized by his experiences in World War I who sets off in search of some transcendent meaning in his life The story begins through the eyes of Larry's friends and acuaintances as they witness his per

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    The best novel I've read since joining Goodreads might be The Razor's Edge the 20th century bestseller by prolific British playwright and author W Somerset Maugham Published in the US in 1944 a bit of my euphori

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    In 1919 war hero Larry Laurence Darrell returns to his hometown of Chicago wounded twice the brave aviator has a deeper injury which changes him considerably A comrade saved his life but lost his over France dying on the cold ground Isabel Bradley Larry's faithful fiancee notices the alterationWhen his best fr

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    Books like this that I’ve read so long ago in my past come back even now to haunt me like the lilting plaintive refrain of an old Beatles Love songBut I only started it in the mid seventies Even back then working in soulless offices I needed to replenish my heart in long lingering draughts So how did I do that?If you guessed by

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    This has to be the most endearing and accessible of Maugham's books With the right smattering of philosophy and literary techniues to keep one challenged tooIt has been one of the defining books in my life

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    “ 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

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    Tracing the intimate lives of representative British and American upper class The Razor's Edge set in Chicago largely in Paris and also India was one of the first Western novels to explore non Western solutions to society

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    Rating 425 of fiveThe Publisher Says Intimate acuaintances 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 gracio

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    One of Maugham's three major novels TIME That's high praise coming from TIME magazine This MUST be goodI’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 wa

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review ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Õ W. Somerset Maugham

The Razor's Edge

The Razor's Edge is a true masterpiece that is among the finest novels ever written about the search for awakening and the meaning of life With a loving girlfriend and the promise of a good career Larry Darrell seems to have everything he could want Yet his. The best novel I ve read since joining Goodreads might be The Razor s Edge the 20th century bestseller by prolific British playwright and author W Somerset Maugham Published in the US 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 I m learning to play chess I started a new job which will finance A B and C pipe smoking and chess playing being modest luxuries but my new salary being modest as well I m reading close to fifty novels a year and feel as if I ve developed a palate for vivid storytelling well developed characters and disarming dialogue Amid a lot of desire and confusion The Razor s Edge put a customs stamp on these passages in my life It s the story of six characters not including Maugham who includes himself as a seventh character and our reliable narrator who progress from acuaintances to friends to intimates in all the aspects that matter in the end Like compelling characters in all great dramas or all chess pieces each has a measurable affect on the other while at their core remain true to their disparate natures to the endThe story begins in Chicago immediately following the First World War in 1919 and concludes in Paris immediately before the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 The worlds that Maugham explores are not geopolitical so much as they are spiritual His six unforgettable characters might as well be on an island together Stopping in Chicago on his way to the Far East Maugham crosses paths with Elliott Templeton an acuaintance of fifteen years an American living abroad whose expertise as a broker in fine art has allowed him to ingratiate himself in English and French high society where the elegant bachelor lives and breathes for event planning and cultivating social relationships They were afraid he was a snob And of course he was He was a colossal snob He was a snob without shame He would put up with any affront he would ignore any rebuff he would swallow any rudeness to get asked to a party he wanted to go to or make a connection with some crusty old dowager of great name He was indefatigable When he had fixed his eye on his prey he hunted it with the persistence of a botanist who will expose himself to dangers of flood earthuake fever and hostile natives to find an orchid of peculiar rarityElliott is in Chicago visiting his sister when he invites Maugham to a luncheon at her home on Lake Shore Drive There the Englishman meets Elliott s niece Isabel Bradley a tall radiant twenty year old of natural elegance who makes uite an impression on Maugham He also meets Isabel s boyfriend Laurence Darrell a pleasant looking but shy boy who goes by Larry and impresses the narrator with how effortlessly he seems to take part in conversations without ever uttering a word It is later revealed that Larry was an aviator in the war and has recently returned from Europe To the mounting insecurity of Isabel s mother and uncle the boy has turned down offers for workAccepting a dinner invitation from Elliott at his sister s the following evening Maugham is seated next to a drab seventeen year old girl whose shyness belies shrewdness and intelligence the playwright gets her to open up by asking her who everyone else at the table is and much later in the book will come to know this doomed girl as Sophie Macdonald She introduces Maugham to Gray Maturin son of a millionaire investment banker in Chicago who is as virile and strong as Larry is puny and unassuming The worst kept secret in the room is that Gray is enad with Isabel but won t dare make an advance or stand a chance as long as Larry is in the picture Uncle Elliott is of the opinion that Larry won t amount to much and that his niece would be advantaged marrying a man of position and fortune He tells his sister that if the young people had the civility of the French Isabel would marry Gray and take Larry as her lover while Gray offered himself as benefactor to a prominent actress and everyone could be happy Maugham holds a higher impression of Larry and finding him in a library reading Principles of Psychology learns the veteran has rejected college as summarily as he has a career Larry challenges the Englishman s assertion that university would prepare him to make fewer mistakes by stating that making mistakes is how he might learn something I was butting into an affair that was no concern of mine but I had a notion that just because I was a stranger from a foreign country Larry was not disinclined to talk to me about itWell you know when people are no good at anything else they become writers I said with a chuckleI have no talentThen what do you want to doHe gave me his radiant fascinating smileLoaf he saidI had to laughIsabel lures Larry on a picnic where she reads him the riot act She loves him but believes that a man must work as a matter of self respect Larry tells Isabel that he loves her too but that money just doesn t interest him Being a pilot gave him time to think and watching his friend in the air corps sacrifice himself for Larry has led him to the choice of leaving America and searching for his own answers Larry visited Paris several times on leave and knowing no one there finds the city as good a place as any to begin his sabbatical Giving himself a year or two at the most he compels Isabel to wait for him The following year Maugham is in Montparnasse when he spots Larry sitting by himself at a caf He s elusive with the Englishman except to tell him that he s looking forward to spending time with Isabel when she visits with her mother next spring Reunited with his fianc e Larry tells her that he s been reading attending lectures and studying Greek He wants to know whether God is or is not Money still doesn t interest him he s given no thought of returning to Chicago and when he asks Isabel to marry him and live with him in Paris the couple mutually choose to end their engagement remaining friends insteadIntersecting Elliott or Isabel or Larry over the years in his travels across France through the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression and the march toward world war Maugham chronicles Elliott s strive for social imminence Isabel s desire for fortune and community and Larry s pursuit of happiness a journey which takes the loafer to a coal mine in France a Benedictine monastery in Germany and an Ashrama in India Maugham introduces one unforgettable character Suzanne Rouvier mutual friend of the narrator and of Larry who came to Montmartre from the countryside without a penny but realized her facility as a model and artist s muse For by now she knew her value She liked the artistic life it amused her to pose and after the day s work was over she found it pleasant to go to the caf and sit with painters their wives and mistresses while they discussed art reviled dealers and told bawdy stories On this occasion having seen the break coming she had made her plans She picked out a young man who was unattached and who she thought had talent She chose her opportunity when he was alone at the caf explained the circumstances and without further preamble suggested they should live togetherI m twenty and a good housekeeper I ll save you money there and I ll save you the expense of a model Look at your shirt it s a disgrace and your studio is a mess You need a woman to look after youHe knew she was a good sort He was amused at her proposal and she saw he was inclined to acceptI feel the same way about The Razor s Edge that millions feel about The Lord of the Rings Maugham s narration is as imaginative incisive and delectable as Tolkien s his dialogue as fanciful and his ability to create worlds within words as ingenious but rather than transport the reader on a physical journey through an outer world sets out across the landscape of the soul The trick of the novel is that rather than come off as preachy with counterfeit messages like Paulo Coelho s The Alchemist the book is character driven and the only philosophy in it is what the author observes from the characters and their decisions It s a real storyCasting himself as a relatively successful playwright and author who is neither owner or worker and whose gift is listening unobtrusively to either social class Maugham s storytelling is boozy with passion and wit There were moments when his male gaze over Isabel raised my eyebrow but overwhelmingly the writing felt as contemporary or vital as any written in recent years Humor tension and sensuality were eually strong throughout My travels have not been anywhere near as extension as the author s but I have met people a little like each of his six major characters Their desires and limitations all felt palpable and after finishing the book I m a lot less apt to judge themTwo of my favorite sub genres or topics are The Open Road and The Bum My favorite author John Steinbeck s work is strong with the allure of both of these and so is The Razor s Edge I like to think that most people fantasize about walking away from the daily grind to see the world reading learning another language or just staring at the clouds This has a greater hold on me than dragons or orcs and Maugham took me from the world of business and politics off the beaten path to the world of faith with a masterful facility that will be with me for a while In my mind Larry Isabel and Suzanne are still out there somewhere and so is this perfect book It is very difficult to know people and I don t think one can ever really know any but one s own countrymen For men and women are not only themselves they are also the region in which they are born the city apartment or the farm in which they learnt to walk the games they played as children the old wives tales they overheard the food they ate the schools they attended the sports they followed the poets they read and the God they believed in It is all these things that have made them what they are and these are the things that you can t come to know by hearsay you can only know them if you have lived themMaugham s work has lent itself well to film or television and The Razor s Edge has been adapted to screen twice In 1946 20th Century Fox mounted a production starring Tyrone Power as Larry Gene Tierney as Isabel Clifton Webb as Elliott and winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Anne Baxter as Sophie In 1984 Columbia Pictures produced a little seen remake starring Bill Murray as Larry Catherine Hicks as Isabel Denholm Elliott as Elliott and Theresa Russell as Sophie Murray who s always entertained an aloof professional manner went on a loafing like hiatus as a film leading man for four years following the release of the picture

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To search for something meaningful His journey takes him to the Tibetan mountains where he undergoes a spiritual enlightenment When he returns home he is an enigma to his friends but seems perfectly content with himselfNarrated by Frank Muller 9 cds105 hour. Tracing the intimate lives of representative British and American upper class The Razor s Edge set in Chicago largely in Paris and also India was one of the first Western novels to explore non Western solutions to society s ills Larry Darrell maybe seen as the protagonist but Maugham who is himself a character in the book only focuses on Larry occasionally and provides little insight to this man who early on declares he simply wants to loaf until it becomes clear to him what he wants out of life I would even go as far as to say he is completely overshadowed by the other characters Maugham as the partially omniscient narrator clearly interested in other people s relationships than his own the rich Chicago matron Bradley the sharp witted daughter Isabel the old financier Maturin and his dull witted son Gray Yet it s Larry who remained strongest in my mind after the closing pages Whilst parts of the novel especially in Paris had me thinking of Fitzgerald and Hemingway in terms of the drinks flowing the cocktail parties the restaurants and the scintillating conversations Maugham s novel I found to be much deeper and far profoundThe novel opens with Maugham admitting his apprehension at writing a novel that doesn t have a clear ending but regardless what readers read into that in the end The Razor s Edge delivers a compelling and thoroughly engaging narrativeLarry who is a sensitive intelligent young man refuses to conform to the prevailing social norms of America after the Great War and instead of wedding a rich pretty Chicago girl he starts a vagabond uest searching for answers to uestions about man God and the meaning of life This would first involve travelling to Paris which would eventually lead to stops in Germany Spain and importantly India With the latter destination finally answering some of his uestions through the teachings of Eastern spiritual men in particular an influential holy man Larry discovers who is clearly Ramana Maharshi as described by Maugham he himself visited Ramana s ashram on a journey to India in 1938His former fianc e Isabel marries Gray for financial security rather than love and still holds Larry close to her heart but is completely baffled by the way he chooses to now with little money live his life They would meet up again but as completely different people Long conversations that drive the novel s narrative is clearly one of Maugham s greatest assets here and with his elitist friend Elliott the opportunistic French artist Suzanne Rouvier and tragic addict Sophie with whom Larry would fall in love Maugham gives the lesser characters that drop in and out of the novel important roles that do in fact shape the story Unsurprising to me The Razor s Edge became one of the biggest selling books of Maugham s career and I doubt I d read a better one I only wish I got to read at least fifty pages at a time as reading in smaller chunks which ultimately I had to it was difficult to find a suitable place to stop sometimes making it a bummer to pick up again right in the middle of a conversation It s a novel that would fully benefit being read with the least amount of breaks possible Other than that The Razor s Edge was one of the best novels I ve read in 2019 Off the top of my head I can t think of anything negative to say so it s two big thumbs up to Maugham

review ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Õ W. Somerset Maugham

Life is missing one vital ingredient for he has no sense of purpose During his service on the front in WWI he saw good friends die Now he does not understand why the world can be so violent and cruel Leaving it behind he travels throughout Europe and Asia. In 1919 war hero Larry Laurence Darrell returns to his hometown of Chicago wounded twice the brave aviator has a deeper injury which changes him considerably A comrade saved his life but lost his over France dying on the cold ground Isabel Bradley Larry s faithful fiancee notices the alterationWhen 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 Still you can make a lot of lovely money in the roaringera of wealth naturally some acceptable dissipation occurs by hungry men for the mighty dollar WSomerset Maugham the famous British author is visiting the windy city yes he the novelist puts himself in the story Another of his books The Moon and Sixpence has just been published and is an unexpected bestseller Doing interviews with the local newspapers Maugham gets an invitation to have lunch with Elliott Templeton an old friend and Isabel s rich uncle Elliott lives in Paris and comes home to see his family Maugham the great writer resides mostly in France too MrTempleton is a big snob and proud of it he nevertheless surprisingly also a kind man loves High Society and thinks Paris is the only place to live Later Maugham has dinner with all the main characters at Isabel s mother s home Elliott s sister the author insists that this is a true story we will never know for sure Sophie Isabel s childhood friend talks to the writer a shy teenager She is in love with Larry and Gay with Isabel Sophie Isabel and Larry all have known each other since they were children in school Everyone there tells the veteran be smart be a man and sell bondsLarry is suffering from war shock one of the many names which future wars will apply different labels to this tragic illness Not strangely however but understandable the former intrepid pilot has seen plenty enough gore and never glorious death for anyone to stomach in a lifetimeinstead just wants to loaf After joining up in Canada the air corps in France at seventeen he s now 20 in the unmourned horrific bloody long ago conflict 100 years old in the pastnow decides to go back to Paris for two years to forget and live on his small inheritance Explaining to the not very understanding IsabelThe Dead look so terribly dead when they re dead Many years after they all will meet again in a seedy Paris nightclub Larry roams the world and looks like a bum trying to find a reason for life Takes a job as a coal miner for the experience stays at a monastery for months seeing if inner peace can be achieved there of course it probably never does Even visits faraway exotic India and a famous charismatic Yogi Saintliness is how Larry describes the man in a loincloth however can Darrell ever find the happiness he desperately seeks A book for the adventurous not of the lands of the Earth but a bigger territorythe mind

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About the Author: W. Somerset Maugham

William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874 He spoke French even before he spoke a word of English a fact to which some critics attribute the purity of his style His parents died early and after an unhappy boyhood which he recorded poignantly in Of Human Bondage Maugham became a ualified physician But writing was his true vocation For ten years before his first success he almost l