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characters The Razor's Edge ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ö ❰BOOKS❯ ✭ The Razor's Edge Author W. Somerset Maugham – Larry Darrell is a young American in search of the absolute The progress of this spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham's most brillant characters his fiancBel whose choice between love The Razor's PDF or and wealth have lifelong repercussions and Elliot Templeton her uncle a classic expatriate American snob The most ambitious of. 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 songBut I only started it in the mid seventies Even back then working in soulless offices I needed to replenish my heart in long lingering draughts So how did I do thatIf you guessed by hanging around bookstores you nailed it There was a Centretown bookshop of irregular modern architectural design right at the hub of the nearby city my wonderful Dad used to cuss and call it Confusion Suare a hub which would have been ironically termed the heart of the cityCause it wasn’t Postmodern cities are uite heartless as their great refabricator Henri Lefebvre used to sayNo the heart of the city was its bookstores this one Classics my fave chain back then and WH Smith Coles Prospero and later Chapters all within that two or three block epicentreBooks as I say replenish my heart Always have ever since that halcyon summer’s day in 1956 when I took up Jules Verne after digesting my Dick Jane book in Grade One and finally discovering readingSince that time books always seem to remind me of my Grandmother whose literary spending habits were downright prodigal And she got it from her hubby my bibliophile Viennese GranddadAnd of course they both passed that on to Mom the village librarian and her beloved childrenMom and Dad had obliuely introduced me to Maugham in 1957 I remember and it was in the form of the then popular Mr Maugham Himself a late life anthology in bite sized chunks of reading Mom was a great admirer of his booksAnd no of course I didn’t actually Read Maugham back then though my parents extolled his sophistication to the skiesAnd THIS book the Razor’s Edge I never finished until I was 56 I had just finished The Moon and Sixpence which had left a foul taste on my mouth but no I wasn’t about to give up so easily because my parents swore by Maugham’s geniusAnd I remembered The Razor’s Edge GLARING down at me from the top of my piano unfinished in ‘76“Read me Read me” it had seemed to scream outAnd so now 30 years after that having been burnt out in retirement and being now browned off by my own disaster summed up in The Moon and Sixpence I picked it upAnd I remembered then that in my twenties I had thought its hero Larry was me Larry the Good self I had almost lost along the way At least that self was burned by years of passive though conscientious objection to the Fire at the centre of our timesAnd I remembered that I DESPISED myself in my naive twenties for my passive betrayal of that selfWell THIS time I loved the book It was so ME it wasn’t funnyFor I was by now relearning my own version of the razor’s edge my own straight and narrow path through the fire and had been learning it since the nineties Just like LarryNow looking back 15 years later I see the book started an amazing process of Platonic recollection in my soulRemembering all my lost beginnings and roads not taken and straight paths discarded out of hand early on And Virtues shrugged off as uncoolA process that made me come to gradually understand through Larry my OWN SPIRITUAL ODYSSEY Its shaky conception; andIts happy Peace filled conclusionWhere I am NOWThank Heaven and many thanks to you Larry also

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Larry Darrell is a young American in search of the absolute The progress of this spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham's most brillant characters his fiancee Isa. 570 The Razor’s Edge – William Somerset MaughamThe Razor's Edge is a novel by W Somerset Maugham The book was first published in 1944 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 acuaintances as they witness his personality change after the War His rejection of conventional life and search for meaningful experience allows him to thrive while the materialistic characters suffer reversals of fortune The book was twice adapted into film first in 1946 starring Tyrone Power and Gene Tierney and Herbert Marshall as Maugham and Anne Baxter as Sophie and then a 1984 adaptation starring Bill Murrayلبه تیغ ویلیام سامرست موام فرزان روز ادبیات؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش یکی از روزهای سپتامبر سال 1970 میلادیعنوان لبه تیغ؛ نویسنده ویلیام سامرست موام؛ مترجم مهرداد نبیلی؛ تهران، سازمان کتابهای جیبی، 1341؛ در 142 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1343؛ چاپ سوم، 1345؛ چاپ چهارم، 1349، در 554 ص؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان بریتانیایی سده 20 معنوان لبه تیغ؛ نویسنده ویلیام سامرست موام؛ مترجم داریوش شاهین؛ تهران آپ‍ادان‍ا‏‫، 1365؛ در 616 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1368؛ چاپ دیگر تهران‏‫ م‍دب‍ر‏‫، چاپ سوم 1369؛لبه تیغ را نویسنده ی بریتانیایی «ویلیام سامرست موآم»، در سال 1944 میلادی منتشر کردند، رمان درباره ی جوانی ست، به نام «لاری»؛ که درآمد ناچیزی دارد، و از زندگی خویش خشنود است، او در جستجوی یافتن پاسخ پرسشهای خویش است، «لاری» میخواهد بداند غایت زندگی چیست روش «لاری» خوشایند نامزدش «ایزابل» نیست «لاری» از پذیرفتن شغل‌هایی که پیشنهاد می‌شود، سر باز می‌زند، و برای یافتن پاسخ پرسشهای خویش، به کتابخانه می‌رود «ایزابل» که پس از دوسال تلاش، نتوانسته «لاری» را از پژوهش دور کند، تهدید به جدایی می‌کند «لاری» جدایی را می‌پذیرد در یک معدن زغال سنگ استخدام میشود، و آنجا به اتفاق یک لهستانی، که گرایشی به عرفان دارد، به آلمان سفر می‌کنند اما پاسخ پرسشهای خویش را نمی‌یابد، سپس به «اسپانیا» می‌رود، و همچنان سفر به نقاط مختلف دنیا را پی می‌گیرد آرامشی به او دست می‌دهد به «پاریس» برمی‌گردد، و تصمیم می‌گیرد با «صوفی» ازدواج کند و ادامه داستان؛ ا شربیانی

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The Razor's EdgeMaugham'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 fat. “ 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 perspectives about life that leaving his fiancée and the opportunities of an affluent lifestyle he sets on a journey in search of the truth regarding the life After a lot of loafing about and trying his hand at several arduous jobs like mining and farming he becomes a ship man which takes him to India where he is influenced by the Eastern mysticism and discovers the path of salvation The book makes the reader ask himself some very difficult to answer but pretty straight forward uestions about life The book dwells on some major concepts of Advaita Vedānta Philosophy and Maugham’s lucid narrative combined with his clever style of placing himself inside the story as a narrator and taking the story forward by focusing on people around Larry and sketching their reactions on the changes that occur in Larry’s lifestyle makes this a fantastic book to read The sharp edge of a razor is difficult to pass over; thus the wise say the path to Salvation is hard This translation from a verse in Kaṭhopaniṣad which was chosen by Maugham as the novel's epigraph explains the title of the book and the difficult path which leads to true salvation The 1944 first edition hardbound copy of this novel which i had the luck to pick up from a thrift shop some years ago is a proud gem in my library