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The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
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Aug 23, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction-read
Read in December, 2006

This book was given to me as a gift by a good friend. I had only a vague idea of what is was about, but as I started reading it, realized that it is an incredible work of fiction. I learned after reading it that it's actually more a work of non-fiction in that the narrator and the characters are based fairly closely on Somerset Maugham and people he knew well throughout his life.

Maybe for this reason, the character development in this novel is some of the best I've ever read. The novel plays out over the course of about 15 years with occasional flashbacks and looks forward that are easy to follow. Maugham's rich three dimensional portraits of these people take on the forth dimension of time as we see how they change as they grow from young adulthood to middle age; some for the better, some for worse. There's even a sense of suspense and mystery as Maugham slowly reveals the misunderstood and unconventional, for the time, motivations and life philosophy of the protagonist, Larry Darrell.

Highly recommended
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Rebeca I am half way to finish it but so far i agee of what you said..

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Bill Most of Maugham’s work seems to be semi-fiction. He was somewhat famous for socializing and taking stories heard at dinner parties and writing a good book to contain them.

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