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O Fio da Navalha

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Quando um amigo e colega de combate morre ao tentar salvá-lo, a vida de Larry Darrell muda para sempre. Para o jovem aviador americano, a morte passa então a ter um rosto. O inexorável mistério da morte leva-o a questionar o significado último da frágil condição humana e a embarcar numa obstinada e redentora odisseia espiritual.

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Capa mole, 334 pages
Published October 2004 by Edições Asa (first published 1944)
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Brett I certainly liked it better than the Great Gatsby, but I'm not sure what you mean by 'more important'. Do you mean in terms of other writers the book…moreI certainly liked it better than the Great Gatsby, but I'm not sure what you mean by 'more important'. Do you mean in terms of other writers the book influenced? The Razor's Edge was popular in its own time but hasn't remained as popular in the US. The Great Gatsby, on the other hand, didn't become popular until after Fitzgerald's death.

Also, could you say some more about the connection between the two books? Are you referring to the writing style? Or that they're both books about a group of friends with more money than sense? If it's the later, I would say that was just typical of early 20th century literature. Hemingway and Virginia Woolf use similar plot devices. The Razor's Edge theme is spiritual discovery, while I would say the Great Gatsby is more a criticism of the American Dream.

I think the theme of the Great Gatsby explains why it's remained so popular over time. The book was entered into the literary canon after World War II, at the peak of patriotism in America, when it came to be on high school reading lists all across the country. Even though this book is criticizing the American Dream, it's still *about* the American Dream, and that makes it appealing for a nation obsessed with defining itself. Which is, ultimately, what patriotism is about--a sort of national narcissism--and F. Scott Fitzgerald's book was a mirror Americans recognized themselves in. By comparison, The Razor's Edge is a much more personal story of someone obtaining "enlightenment" and how that changes their lives and the lives of their friends. As such, it lacks the epic quality of the Great Gatsby--plus Maugham can't write American dialog to save his life.

Anywho...that's just my opinion. I'm curious what others think. (less)
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Joe Valdez
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-general
The best novel I've read since joining Goodreads might be The Razor's Edge, the 20th century bestseller by prolific British playwright and author W. Somerset Maugham. Published in the U.S. in 1944. a bit of my euphoria has to do with the book; much of my intoxication has to do with the time in my life which I read this particular book. In 2016, I came into a creative stride, writing first drafts of a short story and a novella and completing the groundwork for the final draft of a novel. I starte ...more
Pramod Nair
Its a toss-up when you decide to leave the beaten track. Many are called, few are chosen.

A classic which is really worth reading. The author narrates the tale of a man who is in search of the true meanings of life by turning down opportunities and taking up a "road less taken" lifestyle.

In The Razor’s Edge Maugham introduces the reader with Larry Darrel, an American pilot who is in shock after his experiences during the World War I. After returning from war, he was so changed with his perspe
Riku Sayuj
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has to be the most endearing and accessible of Maugham's books. With the right smattering of philosophy and literary techniques to keep one challenged too.

It has been one of the defining books in my life.

"One of Maugham's three major novels ..." TIME. That's high praise coming from TIME magazine. This MUST be good.

I’m sure some of you are familiar with a little American television drama series that aired on HBO from 2002-2008 called The Wire. I was way late to the party, but over the past 6 months or so, I’ve managed to watch all 5 glorious seasons back to back to back. Well, glorious to a point. But what the hell happened in season 5? I kept waiting for it to get good, kept waiting for somethin
Richard Derus
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.25* of five

The Publisher Says: Intimate acquaintances 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 quintessence 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 Mau
Steven Kent
Jul 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. I absolutely adore it.

Larry has returned from World War I and refuses to engage in life. Isabel, his finance, is a member of Chicago high society who finds Larry's lack of interest in life troubling.

Grey, Larry's good friend and a successful stock broker, is loyal to Larry despite his secret love for Isabel.

Sound like a soap opera? It should. Told from the first person by Maugham himself, who runs into Larry every few years over a twenty-year period, this is the story of one ma
Mar 04, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't love it as much as I expected. 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. Maugham's description of upper crust society in Paris is bitchy and wonderfully astute at times. But, like most authors, he found it easier to describe the sinners than the saints. Larry Darrell, the saint of this book, just doesn't seem human or interesting. He and his quest for enlightenment and/or belief in God are on ...more
Jul 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sky-cake
Back in the dark days of the mid-’80s, I read somewhere that Bill Murray was going to be in a movie called The Razor’s Edge, and that it was based on a book. Since this was long before the days where you could check IMDB to see what the movie was going to be about, I figured the book had to be hilarious since Murray was starring in it. So I found the book at the library and started reading. I was pretty shocked to find that it was a serious story about a guy who goes looking for the meaning of l ...more
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libri-classici
Self-sacrifice to Save Another is the most "overwhelming" of human "passions." Yet, the path to Salvation is as difficult to pass over as the "sharp edge of a razor."
[Revised/updated 9/10/17]

From film version, 1984

This novel of Larry Darrell's spiritual journey struck me hard with Maugham's valuable instruction on how self-sacrifice to "save" another is greater than any other human passion. This powerful, sobering story begins with Darrell returning immensely affected by WW I and yearning for m
Ahmad Sharabiani
570. The Razor’s Edge – William Somerset Maugham
لبه تیغ - ویلیام سامرست موام (فرزان روز) ادبیات؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: یکی از روزهای سپتامبر سال 1970 میلادی
عنوان: لبه تیغ؛ نویسنده: ویلیام سامرست موام؛ مترجم: مهرداد نبیلی؛ تهران، سازمان کتابهای جیبی، 1341؛ در 142 ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی - قرن 20 م
لبه تیغ را نویسنده ی انگلیسی «ویلیام سامرست موآم» در سال 1944 منتشر کرد، رمان درباره ی جوانی ست به نام: «لاری»؛ که درآمد ناچیزی دارد و از زندگی خویش خشنود است، و در جستجوی یافتن پاسخ پرسشهای
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
دلم میخواد مثل لری تو یه خونه کوچیک زندگی کنم، کتاب بخونم و با آرامش زندگیمو پیش ببرم. هر وقتم که دچار روزمرگی شدم،کوله پشتیمو بردارم؛ از کشوری به کشور دیگه برم؛ از فرانسه و آلمان بگذرم، کوه ها و روستا هارو پشت سر بذارم و از شهرای متمدن عبور کنم و به هند،مهد عرفان برسم.
دیدن فرهنگ های مختلف و انسانهای رنگارنگ و خوندن کتابها هر انسانی رو به جواب سوالش نزدیک میکنه همان چیزی که باعث شد لریو از یه زندگی معقولانه دور کنه. افسوس که لری نیستم و وابستگی ها مثل زنجیری مانع از رسیدن به رویاها میشه.شاید خیل
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: frança, bib-p
Um livro que nos transporta para a lendária questão do sentido da vida: o que devemos fazer com ela?

Aceitamos o que a sociedade nos impõe, muitas vezes assente em mentiras e conveniências e não
no que é verdadeiro, sem termos uma palavra a dizer? Poucos se livram, nas suas decisões, de ter em conta as expectativas dos familiares, ou de tentar corresponder ao que é correto aos olhos de uma sociedade que não perdoa desvios.
Ou por outro lado, devemos cortar amarras e ir em busca de outros mundos, d
Jan 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So let me start with a few of the reasons why I shouldn't have liked this book.
-I usually prefer contemporary fiction.
-The Americans are, for the most part, sad, sad characters. Eliot is obsessed with society and culture to the detriment of love and emotion. Isabel wouldn't marry Larry because he would never be rich, and she was disappointed when she inherited some Picassos and Matisses because they wouldn't match her modern decor. Gray was somewhat single minded about work.
-The level of detail
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, europe, 2015, 2017
What a keen observer of people Maugham is! This book is just a wonderful delight, amusing & serious at the same time, filled with Maugham's warm, wonderful observations of people.

It's like visiting a bunch of old friends various times throughout the years, telling stories, catching up on gossip, pondering the meaning of life, etc.... Maugham writes beautifully. All the characters are great -- true people with many virtues, but flaws too; the flaws don't detract, though, just make them real.
Jun 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
When I first read this, I was too overwhelmed to try to sum up my feelings about it with just a bit of text. (Plus, I wasn't on Goodreads at the time.) There is still no earthly way that I can convey how fantastic this book is, but I did want to mention what still strikes me years later.

In the hands of most authors, this book would focus on Larry, the young man who abandons a life of privilege to seek enlightenment and meaning after terrible experiences in the Great War. His fiancee, who breaks
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Oh, Mr. Maugham, there are moments when I love you so much I could burst. Moments when I wish there were a six star rating, so I could put it into your hands and say "I got that part and it resonated with me." Moments when I want to say, "enough of that, get back to the story", only to find That is the story, That is the heart.

This novel made me wish to live in the post WWI twenties and have endless possibilities open to me. It made me examine the life I have lived and wonder if I couldn't have
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. 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. He wishes to 'loaf'. Isabel, his shallow, mercenary fiancee gives him two years in Paris to get this strange idea out of his sys ...more
A Rye
Apr 19, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who used to identify with Holden Caulfield, but are growing up.
Shelves: philosophy
Boring for most, enlightening for some, and absolutely beautiful to very few, this book describes the journey of a man disillusioned with the materialistic predilections of society.
After some rather traumatic experiences as a fighter pilot in WW I, American Larry Darrell relocates to France, where he dedicates himself to a life of learning and seeking. A pilgrimage to India results in a spiritual revelation for Darrell, and it is at this point that his entire world begins to shift.
Henry Avila
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1919,war hero Larry(Laurence) Darrell,returns to his hometown of Chicago.Wounded twice,the aviator, has a deeper injury.A friend saved his life but lost his, over France,dying on the ground...Isabel Bradley, Larry's fiancee,notices the change.When 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 ? But you can make a lot of lovely money.W.Somerset Maugham,the famous British author is visiti ...more
antónio alves
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
uma leitura que foi um prazer imenso!
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Καιρό είχα να διαβάσω βιβλίο που να με συνεπάρει τόσο πολύ. Μια μέρα διάβασα 150 σελίδες στη σειρά, κάτι που δεν θυμάμαι από πότε έχω να το κάνω. Αυτό οφείλεται στη αφηγηματική δεξιοτεχνία του Μομ, ο οποίος στήνει μαεστρικά μια ιστορία που απλώνεται σε βάθος χρόνου και πολλά επίπεδα με μια φωνή ανάλαφρη και πνευματώδη, εκλεπτυσμένη και συχνά γουστόζικα ειρωνική. Ο συγγραφέας συμμετέχει στην πλοκή ως φίλος των κύριων προσώπων, περισσότερο ως δευτεραγωνιστής αν και μερικές φορές παίζει κάποιο ρόλο ...more
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maugham, you son of a bitch.

“You know, at one time I made quite a little reputation for myself as a humorist by the simple process of telling the truth. It came as such a surprise to most people that they thought I was being funny.”

There are the first thirty pages of a Somerset Maugham book, and then there are the next 200, or 300, or 400 pages that turn it on its head. It’s a game now for me, to form as fast and as sure an opinion of the people he puts in those first thirty pages so the rest of
Stefania T.
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite

Ebbi l'intuizione, non saprei chiamarla altrimenti, che nell'anima di quel ragazzo c'era un'aspirazione confusa, fatta non capivo se di idee embrionali o di vaghe emozioni, che lo riempiva di irrequietezza e lo spingeva verso qualcosa a lui ignoto.

Pronta anch'io a partire per l'India alla ricerca dell'Illuminazione, mentre impacchetto tutte le mie cose, cercando di ricongiungere ciascun calzino "multicolor" con il proprio compagno perduto e di sorvegliare la mia gatta affinché non si addorment
Mar 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
I really enjoy Maugham’s writing. No one writes a snob quite like Maugham does. He generally creates interesting characters – characters that stay with me. Now, I’m hopeless with names and I couldn’t be bothered looking them up, but that woman he falls in love with in Of Human Bondage and the other woman who is lucky to get away from him in the same book are remarkable characters. Characters that leap off the page in their own way.

This book is supposed to be based on real life – in fact, it clai
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it! As for writing a review ---there are a TON of EXCELLENT reveiws already written ---
[which I've enjoyed very much many of them expanded my own understanding -and views of this book]....

One little thing which 'bugged' me personally ----lol ---is that 'LEGS' on woman seemed to be a first physical focus (fat -or thin -short or tall) ---

As a female ---I was a little 'tired' of the LEG talk....

Larry spent 2 years in an Ashram ----(I spent a week and had enough) ---
A VERY close
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: england, classics
I liked The Razor's Edge and the memorable characters. Maugham's style of story telling and also including himself as a character were so lively and straight forward that I felt I explored through the character's lives for about two weeks. It was also for me a reminiscence of The Great Gatsby at the beginning because of the high class American characters (like Elliott Templeton) and their social parties and if I am correct they both occurred in the same period of time (between WWI & WWII).

Charlie Schlangen
Somerset Maugham continues to justify his place on my list of favorite writers. His narrative is crisp and moves the plot along well without giving characters or events short shrift. His insightful, soul-searching characters (which not all of them are) have the kinds of conversations you sometimes have and wish you did more often about philosophy, art, and life issues. He is able to find the good in his characters and yet no sugar-coat their flaws. This book will be helpful and meaningful for an ...more
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MOM's persuasive hero Larry Darrell is on a "search for
Something" like all sensitif lads, though he doesnt
know what the "Something" is. Arriving in SoCal from
India, MOM spent time w Isherwood & Huxley, both of whom realized that Los Angeles was making them look for Something.

Growing up there - without a Swami - I felt the same
way. Age 14, this novel (with 100s of GR reviews that
would startle MOM) inspired the necessary Search for
me, though I didnt realize then I'd find all answers at
the Ca
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
William Somerset Maugham definisce il suo romanzo semplicemente “rosa”, nel senso che tutti i protagonisti hanno raggiunto la realizzazione dei loro sogni: da un lato c’è il sogno americano concretizzato nella capricciosa e ambiziosa Isabel, fanciulla di ottima famiglia borghese che sposa un agente di borsa ricco e dal futuro ancora più roseo, improvvisamente spazzato via dalla Grande Crisi del 1929, nonché nel dandysmo dello zio di Isabel, Elliott, ricchissimo snob dedito alla mondanità e agli ...more
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Durante a 1ª guerra mundial, Larry viu um seu companheiro morrer em combate. Esta experiência afecta-o profundamente; como é que alguém que num minuto está sorridente e animado pode simplesmente deixar de existir numa questão de segundos? Qual é o sentido da vida se a morte é o destino inevitável? Deus existe? Qual a razão do Mal? São estas as questões que atormentam Larry e o levam, após regressar a casa, numa viagem espiritual pelo mundo, recusando aquilo que é esperado dele. Não quer um empre ...more
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William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874. He spoke French even before he spoke a word of English, a fact to which some critics attribute the purity of his style.

His parents died early and, after an unhappy boyhood, which he recorded poignantly in Of Human Bondage, Maugham became a qualified physician. But writing was his true vocation. For ten years before his first success, he almost l
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