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The Razor's Edge | [W. Somerset Maugham]

The Razor's Edge

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.
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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.

©2003 W. Somerset Maugham; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    This was a decent audibook, kept me interested, watching the 1944 film now, the film is a bit too compressed. I bought this on on the $4.95 sale but I would pay full price after reading it. The book is concerned with meaning of life themes, like the "Circle of Iron Film" written by Bruce Lee before his death, also like many Herman Hess novels.

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    If you could sum up The Razor's Edge in three words, what would they be?

    Profoundly inspirational story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Razor's Edge?

    Elliot's exit


    Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

    Elliot Templeton


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Enlightenment


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    This is one of my favorite books. I read it annually. Having it read to me was a joy.

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    I felt compelled to write a review because I wanted to counter the one above - to offer a different perspective. I appreciate that this book was moving to some; however, I found this book to be boring and the narrator annoying. I didn't finish it.

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