The Razor's Edge, by W. Somerset Maugham
  • OldakOldak
    The sharp edge of a razor is difficult to pass over ;
    thus the wise say the path to Salvation is hard.

    Has anyone read The Razor's Edge, by W. Somerset Maugham? It is about a young man who, upon returning to America after serving as a pilot in WWI, finds himself lost. The man eventually heads to India and spends time in an ashram.

    The book was released in 1944, and so is an early-ish example of 20th Century Western Indomania.

    Stephen Batchelor discusses the book in his article Existence, Enlightenment and Suicide: The Dilemma of Ñāṇavīra Thera, which is where I came across it. Batchelor thinks that Maugham's representation of the Indian spiritual journey is Romanticist and shallow, though his synopsis was enough to recommend it to me.
  • YOU
    Post edited by YOU at 2014-07-17 12:19:37
  • I enjoyed it. It isn't a remarkably well-written book and it is kind of predictable and shallow (I don't remember many details about what insights he learned, just a general, flowery change when he comes back) but it was engaging and the characters were all well-defined. Enjoyable and entertaining, maybe more so for Americans feeling the same way now.
  • I had to read it for my a highschool English class, and I really enjoyed it because I identify so much with Larry's search. I saw both adaptations of the movie as well. I actually enjoyed the 1946 version better.
    एकम् सत् विप्राः बहुधा वदन्ति
    That which exists is One, but sages call it by various names.
  • So flipping amazing. If you like The Razor's Edge, you might also want to check out Of Human Bondage.
  • I'm reading it now and loving it.
  • People who enjoy The Razor's Edge would probably enjoy Lost Horizon as well, although it is a bit more fantastical.
  • gal9000 said:

    So flipping amazing. If you like The Razor's Edge, you might also want to check out Of Human Bondage.

    i 2nd that
    "Michael Jordan plays ball, Charles Manson kills people, I talk."
  • Gal 9000 I Loved both books! agreed
  • the movie blew my mind in its examination of relationships with women. the girl who gave up on him ended up with a nutcase who laid in bed all day and he ended up with a fun girl with social problems - who eventually exposes herself.

    in the grand scheme that has little to do with the movie.
  • I love that it was a passion project for Bill Murray. What an actor. What a great movie. I adore Theresa Russell. And thanks for the reminder to get the book.

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