The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham

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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 fiancée 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.


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About W. Somerset Maugham

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W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) was an English novelist and playwright. Maugham was famous as a dramatist before he was known for his novels and short stories. His clarity of style, the perfection of his form, and the subtlety of his thought, thinly veiled by a worldly cynicism made him an international figure. Among his novels are Of Human Bondage, The Moon and Sixpence, and The Razor's Edge.
 
Published January 26, 2011 by Vintage. 262 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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One of the most challenging books Somerset Maughan has given us.

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The New York Review of Books

As beginning writers, for instance, both Willie and Naipaul find inspiration in Hollywood, but Willie is far less literate than Naipaul, who used as models Evelyn Waugh, Aldous Huxley, and (it comes as no surprise) Somerset Maugham, with his characteristically English tone, “aloof everywhere, uns...

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The Paris Review

Benson, Evelyn Waugh, Excellent Women, Home Land, Jeeves, Little House, London Fields, Lucia and Mapp, Lucky Jim, Mark Twain, Marmaduke, Nancy Mitford, On the Road, Pictures from an Institution, Sam Lipsyte, Scoop, The Ask, The Ginger Man, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Pursuit of Love...

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The Paris Review

Benson, Evelyn Waugh, Excellent Women, Home Land, Jeeves, Little House, London Fields, Lucia and Mapp, Lucky Jim, Mark Twain, Marmaduke, Nancy Mitford, On the Road, Pictures from an Institution, Sam Lipsyte, Scoop, The Ask, The Ginger Man, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Pursuit of Love...

Feb 17 2012 | Read Full Review of The Razor's Edge

The Paris Review

Benson, Evelyn Waugh, Excellent Women, Home Land, Jeeves, Little House, London Fields, Lucia and Mapp, Lucky Jim, Mark Twain, Marmaduke, Nancy Mitford, On the Road, Pictures from an Institution, Sam Lipsyte, Scoop, The Ask, The Ginger Man, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Pursuit of Love...

Feb 17 2012 | Read Full Review of The Razor's Edge

The Paris Review

Benson, Evelyn Waugh, Excellent Women, Home Land, Jeeves, Little House, London Fields, Lucia and Mapp, Lucky Jim, Mark Twain, Marmaduke, Nancy Mitford, On the Road, Pictures from an Institution, Sam Lipsyte, Scoop, The Ask, The Ginger Man, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Pursuit of Love...

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Get Rich Slowly

I’m so sorry to hear about your friend Sparky.

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Variety

Anne Baxter walks off with perhaps the film's personal bit as the dipso, rivaled only by Clifton Webb's effete characterization as the dilettante rich uncle.

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