", 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. William Somerset Maugham [ˈsʌməsɪt mɔːm], (Paris, 25 janvier 1874 - Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, 16 décembre 1965) est un romancier, nouvelliste et dramaturge britannique.Il fut l'un des écrivains britanniques les plus populaires de son époque. Among this man's best-known poems are "Skunk Hour," "The Quaker Graveyard in Nantucket," and "For the Union Dead." Larry first sets out to save her and then decides to marry her, a plan that displeases Isabel, who is still in love with him. Charles Belfoure. Maugham deduces this after seeing Sophie in Toulon, where she has returned to smoking opium and promiscuity. Isabel Bradley, Larry's faithful fiancee notices the alteration .When his best friend Gay Maturin, gets his millionaire father Henry to offer his pal a good job. Details. We share a common aspect of finding peace and tranquility of mind in Hinduism, one of the oldest and respected religions of civilization." In Stock. The most ambitious of Maugham's novels, this is also one. In Stock. It was a very romantic work, especially on the opening "Eldorado Overture," which was steeped in a wistful 1920s/1930s notion of popular fantasy (embodied in movies and novels like James Hilton's Lost Horizon and Somerset Maugham's The Razor's Edge) about disillusioned seekers. W. Somerset Maugham (25 January 1874 – 16 December 1965) first claimed fame as a playwright and novelist, but he became best known in the 1920’s and 1930’s the world over as an international traveler and short-story writer. Larry Darrell is a young American in search of the absolute. A comrade saved his life but lost his, over France, dying on the cold ground. Tropic of Cancer. Maugham confronts her about Sophie, having figured out Isabel's role in Sophie's downfall. [7] The English poet and translator Lewis Thompson is thought to be a more likely candidate. W. Somerset Maugham (1954). 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. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. This has to be the most endearing and accessible of Maugham's books. Book by W. Somerset Maugham, 1944. Meanwhile, Sophie, Larry's childhood friend, settles into a happy marriage, only to later tragically lose her husband and baby in a car accident. The female cast of characters can pretty much be summed up as a gay man's view of women (Maugham was bisexual, I think, but leaned more towards men) Not terribly flattering or fleshed out to say the least. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Despite the fact that he has throughout his life compulsively sought out aristocratic society, none of his titled friends come to see him, which makes him alternately morose and irate. Maugham ends his narrative by suggesting that all the characters got what they wanted in the end: "Elliott social eminence; Isabel an assured position...Sophie death; and Larry happiness. James Runcie: Sidney Chambers and The Perils of the Night. Those who used to identify with Holden Caulfield, but are growing up. The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham Paperback $12.59. Maugham then initiates the reader to Advaita philosophy and reveals how, through deep meditation and contact with Bhagawan Ramana Maharshi, disguised as Sri Ganesha in the novel, Larry goes on to realise God through the experience of samadhi—thus becoming a saint—and in the process gains liberation from the cycle of human suffering, birth and death that the rest of the earthly mortals are subject to. Well, dislike me. Ann Weisgarber: The Promise. In Stock. 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. He includes himself as a minor character, a writer who drifts in and out of the lives of the major players. He spoke French even before he spoke a word of English, a fact to which some critics attribute the purity of his style. Does anyone agree with me or am I alone on this one? He befriends prostitutes down on their luck, flies to the deathbed of people he's mildly acquainted with and even pays the funeral expenses of heroin-addicted nymphomaniacs. ... (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. What he actually found in India and what he finally concluded are held back from the reader for a considerable time until, in a scene late in the book, Maugham discusses India and spirituality with Larry in a café long into the evening. He and his quest for enlightenment and/or belief in God are on. Larry Darrell, the saint of this book, just doesn't seem human or interesting. Larry moves to Paris and immerses himself in study and bohemian life. Books like this, that I’ve read so long ago in my past, come back even now to haunt me, like the lilting, plaintive refrain of an old Beatles Love song! FREE Shipping on orders over $25.00. W. Somerset Maugham: The Razor's Edge. “Mr. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. The film tells of a man named Larry who, after working as a pilot in World War I, … [9], Another distinct possibility for influence is raised by the anglicised American, British MP Chips Channon in his diaries. The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham Paperback $12.59. It doesn't make any difference to me now.”, “Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. However, I should add that except for this conversation, I would perhaps not have thought it worthwhile to write this book." The movie story is also different from the book. September 9th 2003 Back in the dark days of the mid-’80s, I read somewhere that Bill Murray was going to be in a movie called. A comrade saved his life but lost his, over France, dying on the cold ground. Leon and Louise. He starts off the chapter by saying "I feel it right to warn the reader that he can very well skip this chapter without losing the thread of the story as I have to tell, since for most part it is nothing more than the account of a conversation that I had with Larry. By. Thompson, Lewis, and Lannoy, Richard (ed) (2011), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Razor%27s_Edge&oldid=997213354, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 30 December 2020, at 14:08. But, like most authors, he found it easier to describe the sinners than the saints. He wants to delay their marriage and refuses to take up a job as a stockbroker offered to him by Henry Maturin, the father of his friend Gray. The Great Gatsby, on the other hand, didn't become popular until after Fitzgerald's death. Victor Hugo. In Stock. If change is of the essence of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our philosophy.”. For example, while Templeton's Catholicism embraces the hierarchical trappings of the church, Larry's proclivities tend towards the thirteenth-century Flemish mystic and saint John of Ruysbroeck. 0. The 1929 stock market crash has ruined Gray, and he and Isabel are invited to live in her uncle Elliott Templeton's grand Parisian house. Saul Jay Singer - 1 Tevet 5781 – December 16, 2020. Maugham begins by characterizing his story as not really a novel but a thinly veiled true account. So I am Elliott Templeton, Larry, himself the hero of the book, and another: however I am flattered, and the book is a masterpiece...". Adam Johnson: The Orphan Master's Son. The novel was worth reading, but Bill Murray's performance as Larry Darrell made THE RAZOR'S EDGE one of my favorite films of all time. Tracing the intimate lives of representative British and American upper class, The Razor's Edge, set in Chicago, largely in Paris, and also India, was one of the first Western novels to explore non-Western solutions to society’s ills. With Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, John Payne, Anne Baxter. She cannot accept his vision of life and breaks their engagement to go back to Chicago. The Paris Architect. Darrell turns it down, he doesn't want to sell bonds, who does ? 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. The most ambitious of Maugham's novels, this is also one in which Maugham himself plays a considerable part as he wanders in and out of the story, to observe his characters struggling with their fates. a busca do conhecimento? In retrospect, the open-ended ending that at first put me off was what later made it great. Marie NDiaye: Three Strong Women. [10] During a trip to New York in August 1944, Channon wrote "I saw much of Somerset Maugham, who never before was a friend. "It is similar to Patsy of 'Razor's Edge' by Somerset Maugham. W. Somerset Maugham’s Jewish Literary Protagonists. He and his quest for enlightenment and/or belief in God are one big yawnfest. The Ambassadors. There she marries the millionaire Gray, who provides her a rich family life. The Razor's Edge is a 1944 novel by W. Somerset Maugham.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.The story begins through the eyes of Larry's friends and acquaintances as they witness his personality change after the war. W Somerset Maugham. What a prince. William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874. W. Somerset Maugham. I didn't love it as much as I expected. All Maugham can do is describe Larry's scintillating eyes and his smile over and over and over again and by the end of the book, even Maugham is apologizing for that. Oh, Mr. Maugham, there are moments when I love you so much I could burst. The Razor's Edge was popular in its own time but hasn't remained as popular in the US. He has put me into a book, 'the Razor's Edge' and when I dined with him, I asked him why he had done it, and he explained, with some embarrassment, that he had split me into three characters, and then written a book about all three. Of Human Bondage (Bantam Classics) by W. Somerset Maugham Mass Market Paperback $5.95. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Isabel, his shallow, mercenary fiancee gives him two years in Paris to get this strange idea out of his sys. This was a rare case where I enjoyed the film much more than the book. “You're beginning to dislike me, aren't you? 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." Now, I’m hopeless with names and I couldn’t be bothered looking them up, but that woman he falls in love with in. Analysis of W. Somerset Maugham’s Stories By Nasrullah Mambrol on June 15, 2020 • ( 0). Refresh and try again. Sophie has also drifted to the French capital, where her friends find her reduced to alcohol, opium, and promiscuity – empty and dangerous liaisons that seem to help her to bury her pain. Kaye u. Larry Darrell, the saint of this book, just doesn't seem human or interesting. "The Razor’s Edge" by W. Somerset Maugham. I would even go as far as to say he is completely overshadowed by the other characters: Maugham as the partially-omniscient narrator, clearly more interested in other people's relationships than his own, the rich Chicago matron Bradley, the sharp-witted daughter Isabel, the old financier Maturin, and his dull-witted son Gray. The book has twice been adapted into film: first in 1946 starring Tyrone Power and Gene Tierney, with Herbert Marshall as Maugham and Anne Baxter as Sophie, and then a 1984 adaptation starring Bill Murray. With the right smattering of philosophy and literary techniques to keep one challenged too. 152 Copy quote. 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. The Razor's Edge - by W. Somerset Maugham, 'The Office of Historical Corrections' and the Power of the Short Story. Do you mean in terms of other writers the book. It took me a long time to read this book, this beautiful book, this excellent book. Larry has significant spiritual adventures in India and comes back to Paris. So let me start with a few of the reasons why I shouldn't have liked this book. 1965: William Somerset Maugham, English author whose works include “Of Human Bondage,” “The Razor’s Edge,” and “The Letter,” dies at 91. Manisha Jolie Amin: Dancing to the Flute. Larry Darrell's lifestyle is contrasted throughout the book with that of his fiancée's uncle Elliott Templeton, an American expatriate living in Paris and an unrepentantly shallow yet generous snob. 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