“This is the type of book that I would have probably liked a lot more at a different time, like a few years ago. Right now I found it a little outdated: the style was too tortuous, with too many details that I was not really interested in and with studies of character that were unappealing to me. In the last part of the book I found a few ideas that were common with On Human Bondage and that is what saved the book, otherwise I would have given it only two stars. These ideas that I am referring to were about the search for the meaning of life and God.”Roxana C wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Reading this book is a BYD - Before You Die. I thought it was about one man's travels to Tibet & India to search for the meaning of life and other eternal questions - and it is, partly - but it's grander than that. It's an ensemble cast of characters who are all searching in their own ways for happiness and "success". The novel is profound, beautifully written and flowing. I know they made at least two movie versions of it - one with a young Bill Murray in a dramatic role - that I can't wait to see. Maugham said he was "in the first row of the second tier" of great British authors, but I think he's even better than that - right up there with the great greats. And this book is one of his best bests. ”Matthew Hallock wrote this review Saturday, October 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A tremendously important book to me, although I still haven't figured out why. Powerful, accessible, and thought provoking.”skr03 wrote this review Monday, July 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Poignant.”Je lire wrote this review Saturday, June 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Enjoyed it thoroughly
did I like How it ended?
I have mixed feelings on the ending but I liked the way Maugham dealt his chracters. ”
“An eye-opening book about how people choose to live their lives. All of the characters are flawed and interesting, but my favorite is Larry. His spiritual discovery was so beautiful and a joy to read about!
I love books that make me think about life in a different way. What especially struck me is the morality (or the lack of morality) that these characters display. Sometimes I caught myself wanting to judge them, but to do that would take away from the very human message of the story. It's best to read this book without bringing your own beliefs into it. If you can do that, then you're in for an interesting character study and an authentic look at post-war Europe.”
“I first came across this novel as a plebe at the US Naval Academy, where I had to write a term paper about the English author & playwright Somerset Maugham and his works. Since then, I have read 'The Razor's Edge' several times and find it still to be interesting and relevant. The book deals very much with the search for meaning in life and, in that search, follows the character Larry Darrell, a disillusioned war veteran of WWI, through his travels through the US, Europe, and the East. Experiences of other characters are also significantly intermixed in the plot and the author even plays a minor part. Finally, the razor plays a fateful role as the story comes to its end. While this book has been meaningful to me in my own world view, I am not sure that it will offer the same relevance or interest to the average reader in this century. Nevertheless, I recommend the book--especially to someone searching for their own meaning in life. ”Hayes Randolph wrote this review Tuesday, January 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“For some reason this book reminds me of A Portrait of Dorian Gray in reverse. There is something paracreepy about Larry and his floating / loafing. Great writing and a good story. Word has it that this book was written in the library of the University Club of Chicago, my club.”Tim Mather wrote this review Monday, January 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I never really thought about how I was going to spend my life. Each successive step just seemed natural. I have no regrets, but I realize that it was not a very thoughtful approach that got me here.”Jim Robles wrote this review Wednesday, August 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No