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The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
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Jul 23, 2008

really liked it
Read in August, 2008

This, my second exposure to Maugham’s work (the first being ‘The Moon and Sixpence’), has been once again quite satisfactory and I may even add – delightful. True, one loses oneself in the beginning, amidst the overwhelming introduction of what seems meaningless characterization, until one realizes this is very much necessary. By laying out the nature, emotions, environment and aspirations of the characters first, the author can freely move from one actor to another without exhausting the reader.
Two individualities stand out in particular amidst this abundant narrative. The first one of socially challenged yet eagerly seeking the meaning of life, knowledge and the nature of God and the second, of the aristocracy, arrogant, snobbish, yet pitifully plain and bleak. The reader quickly becomes attracted to the first with its rich experiences in the far East and wealth of moral lessons. Maugham’s story is full with the colors of the 1920’s as flamboyance, old money and basic human nature come together to form the substance of what will become the generation of the Great Depression. A truly remarkable experience. If you like his narrative, try ‘The Moon and Sixpence’.

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message 1: by George (new)

George Dimitrov This book starts OK after which becomes very disoriented, as to who is the main character. Do not try to see the movie it will ruin the book for you. Nothing good about the movie. Maugham oozes homosexuality as writer.

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