The Razor's Edge

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

  • Title: The Razor's Edge
  • Author: W. Somerset Maugham Anthony Curtis
  • ISBN: 9780140185232
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.

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    1. W. Somerset Maugham Anthony Curtis

      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 qualified physician But writing was his true vocation For ten years before his first success, he almost literally starved while pouring out novels and plays During World War I, Maugham worked for the British Secret Service He travelled all over the world, and made many visits to America After World War II, Maugham made his home in south of France and continued to move between England and Nice till his death in 1965.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. “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 [...]

    3. 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.

    4. "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 somethi [...]

    5. 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 Mau [...]

    6. 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 ma [...]

    7. 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 on [...]

    8. 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 l [...]

    9. 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 m [...]

    10. 570. The Razor’s Edge – William Somerset Maughamلبه تیغ - ویلیام سامرست موام (فرزان روز) ادبیات؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: یکی از روزهای سپتامبر سال 1970 میلادیعنوان: لبه تیغ؛ نویسنده: ویلیام سامرست موام؛ مترجم: مهرداد نبیلی؛ تهران، سازمان کتابهای جیبی، 1341؛ در 142 ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی - ق [...]

    11. دلم میخواد مثل لری تو یه خونه کوچیک زندگی کنم، کتاب بخونم و با آرامش زندگیمو پیش ببرم. هر وقتم که دچار روزمرگی شدم،کوله پشتیمو بردارم؛ از کشوری به کشور دیگه برم؛ از فرانسه و آلمان بگذرم، کوه ها و روستا هارو پشت سر بذارم و از شهرای متمدن عبور کنم و به هند،مهد عرفان برسم.دیدن فرهن [...]

    12. The way Maugham crafts this is to be applauded; it reads in just the way it should. Only a sentence or two in, I was instantly compelled to read more. Maugham is a character in the story, he even retains his own name. That he is an author, that he studied medicine, that he has travelled is spoken of and is clearly evident by the very details woven into the tale. He speaks of how this is a novel, but then we are told it isn’t. It is about a person he knew. He tells us that what he doesn’t kno [...]

    13. Um livro que nos transporta para a lendária questão do sentido da vida: qual é, como o encontrar, que diferença irá trazer?Aceitamos o que a sociedade nos impõe, muitas vezes assente em mentiras e conveniências sem termos uma palavra a dizer? Poucos se livram, nas suas decisões, de ter em conta as expectativas dos familiares, ou de tentar corresponder ao que é correto aos olhos de uma sociedade que não perdoa desvios.Ou por outro lado, devemos cortar amarras e partir numa jornada em bu [...]

    14. 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 [...]

    15. 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. (E [...]

    16. 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 [...]

    17. 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 enga [...]

    18. 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 sys [...]

    19. 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. Stylisticall [...]

    20. 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 [...]

    21. 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 r [...]

    22. 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 fac [...]

    23. O fio da navalha , publicado em 1944 , vendeu mais de 3  milhões de cópias e ficou quase um ano na lista dos mais vendidos.O livro conta a história de Larry que termina seu relacionamento com a jovem Isabel ,abandona os amigos e parte em viagem para a Europa ,  Índia(“ A Índia tem alguma coisa pra me dar que eu preciso ter” ) e outras regiões desconhecidas  em busca de um sentido para a sua vida e também  tentar esquecer os traumas que teve na primeira Guerra mundial onde particip [...]

    24. Καιρό είχα να διαβάσω βιβλίο που να με συνεπάρει τόσο πολύ. Μια μέρα διάβασα 150 σελίδες στη σειρά, κάτι που δεν θυμάμαι από πότε έχω να το κάνω. Αυτό οφείλεται στη αφηγηματική δεξιοτεχνία του Μομ, ο οποίος στήνει μαεστρικά μια ιστορία που απλώνεται σε βάθος χρόνου και πολλά ε [...]

    25. 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 affinché non si addorment [...]

    26. 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’è 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 più roseo, improvvisamente spazzato via dalla Grande Crisi del 1929, nonché nel dandysmo dello zio di Isabel, Elliott, ricchissimo snob dedito alla mondanit [...]

    27. 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 more 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 an [...]

    28. Durante a 1ª guerra mundial, Larry viu um seu companheiro morrer em combate. Esta experiência afecta-o profundamente; como é que alguém que num minuto está sorridente e animado pode simplesmente deixar de existir numa questão de segundos? Qual é o sentido da vida se a morte é o destino inevitável? Deus existe? Qual a razão do Mal? São estas as questões que atormentam Larry e o levam, após regressar a casa, numa viagem espiritual pelo mundo, recusando aquilo que é esperado dele. Nã [...]

    29. 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 [...]

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