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The Razor's Edge (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) [Paperback]

W. Somerset Maugham
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March 27 1992
The story of the spiritual odyssey of a young American in search of God.

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“[Maugham is] a great artist . . . a genius.” –Theodore Dreiser

“[Maugham’s] excessively rare gift of story-telling . . . is almost the equal of imagination itself.” –The Sunday Times (London)

“It is very difficult for a writer of my generation, if he is honest, to pretend indifference to the work of Somerset Maugham. . . . He was always so entirely there.” –Gore Vidal

“Maugham remains the consummate craftsman. . . . [His writing is] so compact, so economical, so closely motivated, so skillfully written, that it rivets attention from the first page to last.” –Saturday Review of Literature --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A glimps into a viable alternative to consumerism March 8 2010
Format:Paperback
Surprisingly simple yet deep novel displaying some of the finest skills of the revered Mr. Maugham. He attempts to objectively recount the life events of a seemingly ordinary person - Larry Darrell, who, having passed through some mind-transforming experiences during the war, is seeking god. "You are a very religious man who doesn't believe in God", tells him a wise Christian monk. His quest is granted with an experience powerful enough to motivate the reader into self-reflection and - possibly - changing a few takes on day-to-day life.
The novel reads extremely easy, with enough twists of the plot to maintain the reader's interest until the very end. Several twists embedded by the author in his 3-D, life-size characters amazed me beyond belief.
Another thing I feel compelled to praise the author for is his "neutrality", or non-judgmental attitude to life and people.
And lastly, the English language "The Razor's Edge" is written with is simply exquisite.

P.S. I had recommended this book to a friend of mine, and she just came back to tell me how breathtakingly great it was!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Razor's Edge Dec 15 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book was an important read during my university years and now copies are in the hands of the next generation in our family. An inspiring read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A look into another world in another time Oct. 19 2013
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Yet the writing is so full that we can feel part of this other world.

I came to this story by the back door. My first introduction to Somerset Maugham was through the movie "The Razor's Edge" (1946) staring Tyrone Power as Larry Darrell. I have no idea as to how much it was adapted from the book. Then in 1984 we watched Bill Murray as Larry Darrell. This film lost what magic the 1946 film had. So it was time to read the book. Yes I know very few films can do more than present the essence of a book. Turns out that even the older film wrote Summerset out of some of the scenes.

Larry is back from the war (WWI). As with many of us he is left with nagging questions about why one person lives and another must die. This problem leads Larry to search for the answers. He turns down opportunities and takes up a lifestyle to help him find answers. This story is told or narrated by Somerset Maugham himself. In the book Somerset takes more of an active part in the story. Larry came as close as any of us to the answer, he seeks and we leave him much the same way one enters and leaves your life.

The Razor's Edge - Gene Tierney
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5.0 out of 5 stars A look into another world in another time Oct. 13 2013
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Yet the writing is so full that we can feel part of this other world.

I came to this story by the back door. My first introduction to Somerset Maugham was through the movie "The Razor's Edge" (1946) staring Tyrone Power as Larry Darrell. I have no idea as to how much it was adapted from the book. Then in 1984 we watched Bill Murray as Larry Darrell. This film lost what magic the 1946 film had. So it was time to read the book. Yes I know very few films can do more than present the essence of a book. Turns out that even the older film wrote Summerset out of some of the scenes.

Larry is back from the war (WWI). As with many of us he is left with nagging questions about why one person lives and another must die. This problem leads Larry to search for the answers. He turns down opportunities and takes up a lifestyle to help him find answers. This story is told or narrated by Somerset Maugham himself. In the book Somerset takes more of an active part in the story. Larry came as close as any of us to the answer, he seeks and we leave him much the same way one enters and leaves your life.

The Razor's Edge
Razor's Edge [VHS]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Butterfly Net of Words June 7 2004
Format:Paperback
In this brilliantly understated masterpiece W. Somerset Maugham slips the timeless theme of mysticism into the time-bound narrative of a novel. It is a class act with all the charm of a daguerrotype. The protagonist is a war hero who gradually withdraws from the world of ego and money inhabited by the social-climbing narrator, who is himself divided between high society and inner happiness. Of course, they are mirrors of each other: Boddhisatva. The excellent old movie based on the book catches the action but misses the nirvana behind the samsara that Maugham captures for us in his butterfly net of words. This has been a high-falutin' Zen review.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thought it was a horrible book all around July 23 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My review is for the novel "Gone Girl". Thought it was a horrible book all around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A look into another world in another time Sept. 1 2010
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Yet the writing is so full that we can feel part of this other world.

I came to this story by the back door. My first introduction to Somerset Maugham was through the movie "The Razor's Edge" (1946) staring Tyrone Power as Larry Darrell. I have no idea as to how much it was adapted from the book. Then in 1984 we watched Bill Murray as Larry Darrell. This film lost what magic the 1946 film had. So it was time to read the book. Yes I know very few films can do more than present the essence of a book. Turns out that even the older film wrote Summerset out of some of the scenes.

Larry is back from the war (WWI). As with many of us he is left with nagging questions about why one person lives and another must die. This problem leads Larry to search for the answers. He turns down opportunities and takes up a lifestyle to help him find answers. This story is told or narrated by Somerset Maugham himself. In the book Somerset takes more of an active part in the story. Larry came as close as any of us to the answer he seeks and we leave him much the same way one enters and leaves your life.
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