Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Razor's Edge

Finished The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham. It's been decades since I've read any Maugham. I've been meaning to read this novel since I enjoyed the 1946 film version, starring Ty Power, so very much. As far as I can tell that screenplay followed the novel very closely, until the end. Maugham placed himself in the book as a character and as the narrator. The juxtaposition of Larry Darrell's renunciation of conventional living bringing him peace and happiness, while the conventional, materialistic characters fall on hard times, makes the story very powerful.

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