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review The Razor's Edge 103 ñ ❰BOOKS❯ ✭ The Razor's Edge Author W. Somerset Maugham – Larry Darrell is a young American in search of the absolute The progress of this spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham's most brillant characters his fiancee Isabel whose choice between Larry Darrell is a young American inMaugham's novels this is also one in which Maugham himself plays a considerable part as he wanders in and out of the story to observe his characters struggling with their fat. 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 gracious and tactful; Gray the uintessence 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 best encompasses the pain passion and poignancy of life itselfMy Review It is pleasant to give yourself over to the care of a master or mistress of craft The Razor’s Edge is masterful It is an expression of the mastery Maugham earned through many long years of novel writing and mostly successful critical reception of his work that this book which came almost forty years into a career of than sixty years feels as fresh as his first great novel Of Human Bondage 1915 It deals as is the case with so many writers’ oeuvres with many of the same themes and issues as the first book and most of his subseuent workA critic reviewing The Razor’s Edge today would likely fault the author for choosing to write the story from his own first person point of view The fashion today is for first person narratives it’s true but Maugham uses a narrative devicethe story told to the narrator by othersvery much out of fashion in today’s world It is accused perhaps with justice of taking the forward thrust out of a story It makes the reader a follower a passive observer of the story instead of giving the presently fashionable sense of watching the story unfold before the reader’s eyes In a world that craves “The Real World” and “Survivor” the techniue of the cicerone leading the reader around the story feels artificial and affected That is too bad The Razor’s Edge is a pleasant journey in the company of interesting people It’s not a fast lane zoom like Less Than Zero in a car full of noisy meretricious mercenary monkey boys It is a subtler pleasure a trip akin to touring the blue roads of the American countryside than that superhighway journey

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Bel whose choice between love The Razor's PDF or and wealth have lifelong repercussions and Elliot Templeton her uncle a classic expatriate American snob The most ambitious of. 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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The Razor's EdgeLarry Darrell is a young American in search of the absolute The progress of this spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham's most brillant characters his fiancee Isa. 570 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 personality change after the War His rejection of conventional life and search for meaningful experience allows him to thrive while the materialistic characters suffer reversals of fortune The book was twice adapted into film first in 1946 starring Tyrone Power and Gene Tierney and Herbert Marshall as Maugham and Anne Baxter as Sophie and then a 1984 adaptation starring Bill Murrayلبه 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؛ چاپ دوم 1343؛ چاپ سوم، 1345؛ چاپ چهارم، 1349، در 554 ص؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان بریتانیایی سده 20 معنوان لبه تیغ؛ نویسنده ویلیام سامرست موام؛ مترجم داریوش شاهین؛ تهران آپ‍ادان‍ا‏‫، 1365؛ در 616 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1368؛ چاپ دیگر تهران‏‫ م‍دب‍ر‏‫، چاپ سوم 1369؛لبه تیغ را نویسنده ی بریتانیایی «ویلیام سامرست موآم»، در سال 1944 میلادی منتشر کردند، رمان درباره ی جوانی ست، به نام «لاری»؛ که درآمد ناچیزی دارد، و از زندگی خویش خشنود است، او در جستجوی یافتن پاسخ پرسشهای خویش است، «لاری» میخواهد بداند غایت زندگی چیست روش «لاری» خوشایند نامزدش «ایزابل» نیست «لاری» از پذیرفتن شغل‌هایی که پیشنهاد می‌شود، سر باز می‌زند، و برای یافتن پاسخ پرسشهای خویش، به کتابخانه می‌رود «ایزابل» که پس از دوسال تلاش، نتوانسته «لاری» را از پژوهش دور کند، تهدید به جدایی می‌کند «لاری» جدایی را می‌پذیرد در یک معدن زغال سنگ استخدام میشود، و آنجا به اتفاق یک لهستانی، که گرایشی به عرفان دارد، به آلمان سفر می‌کنند اما پاسخ پرسشهای خویش را نمی‌یابد، سپس به «اسپانیا» می‌رود، و همچنان سفر به نقاط مختلف دنیا را پی می‌گیرد آرامشی به او دست می‌دهد به «پاریس» برمی‌گردد، و تصمیم می‌گیرد با «صوفی» ازدواج کند و ادامه داستان؛ ا شربیانی