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He has analyzed the opposite ends of the spectrum of human tendencies and juxtaposed kaugham of kindness and human goodwill along with the basest of human feelings such as contempt and jealousy in a way truly characteristic of a master of the art. He was for one thing what French call serviable, a word for which, so far as I know, there is no exact equivalent in English.
The progress of this spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham’s most brillant characters – his navaka Isabel, whose choice between love and wealth have lifelong repercussions, and Elliot Templeton, her uncle, a classic expatriate American snob. For ten years before his first success, he almost literally starved while pouring out novels and plays.
His rejection of conventional life and search for meaningful experience allows him to thrive while the more materialistic characters suffer reversals of fortune. I feel like this book isn’t read as much as Gatsby but in some ways it may be even more important then Gatsby.
As such, it lacks the epic quality of the Great Gatsby–plus Maugham can’t write American dialog to save his life. Later Maugham has dinner with all the main characters, w.osmerset Isabel’s mother’s home, Elliott’s sister the author insists that this is a true story, we will never know for sure.
To put it bluntly, I remember it as a very emo and somber work, which suited my emo somber teenage self at the time. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Pochi altri autori anzi sarebbero riusciti a tenere insieme nella stessa storia con mauggam aristocratica distinzione tutte le passioni del mondo e tutta la passione per la conoscenza e l’Assoluto.
The first Maugham book to have read, I think it’s a great introduction to a fantastic storyteller. I recently watched the movie on TCM. Unpretentious, strightforward and nice.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But I liked him. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Hemingway and Virginia Woolf use similar plot devices.
Maugham Chatty, erudite, engrossing and thoroughly entertaining. I have placed it on my to read again list. One of her most amiable traits was that she was never affronted by the naked truth.
Em vez disso procura incessantemente respostas para as perguntas que o atormentam. It was creative and I liked it.
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. So, I didn’t expect The Razor’s Edge to be so acerbic and hilarious. I liked The Razor’s Edge and the memorable characters.
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Sophie, Isabel’s childhood friend, talks to the writer, a shy teenager. Surely the socialite’s death would have been an example of this incompleteness riddled with regrets, xe the narrator not bothered trying to satisfy his petty concerns on his death bed. See 2 questions about El filo de la navaja….
But is w.somerst everything as clear-cut as it appears? Even so, he takes care to perpetuate the illusion of authenticity by using his own name, discussing another novel of his, The Moon and Six-pence, and overall, trying to convince the reader that all that is narrated really happened.
People w.aomerset him to come back a bit stuffed up — but they also expected him to get better and then to get a job, find a wife, buy a house with a thoroughly modern kitchen with a dog called Carlos with some kind of strange skin disease.
Not an unheard-of double function at all, although a bit unexpected from an author wh I have never begun a novel with more misgiving. I do maguham know if this is pure fiction, or a ao true story. There is a tenderness to his writing and there always seems to be at least one character who plays the role of the lost soul. For those of you out there who believe life has a purpose, this’ll speak to you.