The Razor's Edge

The Razor's Edge

W. Somerset Maugham

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 1400034205

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Larry Darrell is a young American in search of the absolute. The progress of his spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham's most brilliant characters - his fiancée Isabel whose choice between love and wealth have lifelong repercussions, and Elliott Templeton, her uncle, a classic expatriate American snob.  Maugham himself wanders in and out of the story, to observe his characters struggling with their fates.


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to position, fortune, and community of circumstances has every advantage over a love match. In France, which after all is the only civilized country in the world, Isabel would marry Gray without thinking twice about it; then, after a year or two, if she wanted it, she'd take Larry as her lover, Gray would install a prominent actress in a luxurious apartment, and everyone would be perfectly happy.' Mrs Bradley was no fool. She looked at her brother with sly amusement. 'The objection to that,

painter whose recent show at the Meyerheim Gallery had a remarkable and well-deserved success. "Madame Suzanne Rouvier, the widow of an officer in the colonial infantry, has with the courage characteristic of our Frenchwomen for some years supported herself and a charming daughter deprived too soon of a father's care by means of her talent, and we are happy to know that the general public will soon have the opportunity to appreciate the delicacy of her touch and the soundness of her technique at

you don't want to make me miserable. You are making me miserable. You see, I love you.' 'I love you too, Isabel.' She sighed deeply. Then she disengaged herself from his arm and drew away from him. 'Let's be sensible. A man must work, Larry. It's a matter of self-respect. This is a young country, and it's a man's duty to take part in its activities. Henry Maturin was saying only the other day that we were beginning an era that would make the achievements of the past look like two bits. He said

living-room. It had a couple of rickety armchairs in it. There was a coal shed in the yard which was also the bath-house. The two boys and the Pole had taken their lunch with them, but she said I could eat with her at midday. I sat in the kitchen afterwards smoking and while she went on with her work she told me all about herself and her family. The others came in at the end of their shift. The Pole first and then the two boys. The Pole passed through the kitchen, nodded to me without speaking

income, three thousand a year Louisa tells me, and Louisa's not a rich woman by any manner of means. She needs all she has.' 'Well, he can get a job.' 'That's just it. He's not trying to. He seems to be quite satisfied to do nothing.' 'I dare say he had a pretty rough time in the war. He may want a rest.' 'He's been resting for a year. That's surely long enough.' 'I thought he seemed a nice sort of boy.' 'Oh, I have nothing against him. He's quite well born and all that sort of thing. His

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