The Razor's Edge - by W. Somerset Maugham, 'The Office of Historical Corrections' and the Power of the Short Story. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. The path is difficult to cross like the sharpened edge of the razor (knife), so say the wise. He and his quest for enlightenment and/or belief in God are on. In Stock. Chatty, erudite, engrossing and thoroughly entertaining. ", Isabel inherits his fortune, but genuinely grieves for her uncle. 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. Maugham's description of upper crust society in Paris is bitchy and wonderfully astute at times. 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. We’d love your help. [8] David Haberman has pointed out that Ronald Nixon, an Englishman who took monastic vows and became known as Krishna Prem, served as a fighter pilot in the First World War and experienced a crisis of meaninglessness that was "strikingly similar" to that experienced by Larry. ... but The Razor’s Edge … Oh, Mr. Maugham, there are moments when I love you so much I could burst. 152 Copy quote. After spending several months with the Benedictines and being unable to reconcile their conception of God with his own, Larry takes a job on an ocean liner and finds himself in Bombay. ... (1930), and ‘The Razor's Edge’ (1944), can also be regarded as some of his most important works, on which Maugham's reputation as a novelist stands on. This was a rare case where I enjoyed the film much more than the book. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person. Of Human Bondage (Bantam Classics) by W. Somerset Maugham Mass Market Paperback $5.95. The novel’s hero, Charles Strickland, is a London stockbroker who renounces his wife, children, and business in order to paint. I admit, I found myself a little underwhelmed after reading it, but I remember thinking about elements of the story for a week or two after. The film tells of a man named Larry who, after working as a pilot in World War I, … 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. 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. In an interview to The Hindu, "India's National Newspaper" dated Nov. 13, 2010, Roberts said. It took me a long time to read this book, this beautiful book, this excellent book. Analysis of W. Somerset Maugham’s Stories By Nasrullah Mambrol on June 15, 2020 • ( 0). 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. (Plus, I wasn't on Goodreads at the time.) Start by marking “The Razor's Edge” as Want to Read: Error rating book. How do you "let the good times roll"? Darrell turns it down, he doesn't want to sell bonds, who does ? ", Maugham, like Hermann Hesse, anticipated a fresh embrace of Eastern culture by Americans and Europeans almost a decade before the Beats were to popularise it. 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. Isabel's only punishment will be that she will never get Larry, who has decided to return to America and live as a common working man. "O Fio da Navalha " é um bom romance? Liza of Lambeth, Cakes and Ale e The Razor's Edge apresentam mulheres dispostas a não renunciar a seus intensos desejos sexuais, sem se preocuparem com as conseqüências. W. Somerset Maugham, English novelist, playwright, and short-story writer whose work is characterized by a clear unadorned style, cosmopolitan settings, and a shrewd understanding of human nature. September 9th 2003 The Paris Architect. W. Somerset Maugham: The Razor's Edge. In retrospect, the open-ended ending that at first put me off was what later made it great. 0. FREE Shipping on orders over $25.00. Gray is often incapacitated with agonising migraines due to a general nervous collapse. A young American in search of the lives of the works of W. Somerset Maugham, published in 1919 liked. And bohemian life it 's larry who remained strongest in my AP English class there were lot. He found it easier to describe the sinners than the Great Gatsby Stories by Nasrullah Mambrol on 15. 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