The Razor's Edge (Vintage International) (Paperback)

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This story follows several different characters and is an intriguing journey right from the start. When I first finished this novel, I was frustrated by its end, but then I reread those last few sentences and realized that it was quite possibly the best conclusion to a story that I had ever read. And, if you want to challenge me on this, you’re going to have to read it first! --Ella

— From Staff Picks - Ella


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 fianc e 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.

About the Author

W. Somerset Maugham was one the twentieth century's most popular novelists as well as a celebrated playwright, critic, and short story writer. He was born in Paris but grew up in England and served as a secret agent for the British during World War I. He wrote many novels, including the classics Of Human Bondage, Cakes and Ale, Christmas Holiday, The Moon and Sixpence, Theatre, and Up at the Villa.

Praise For…

“[Maugham is] a great artist . . . a genius.” –Theodore Dreiser

“[Maugham’s] excessively rare gift of story-telling . . . is almost the equal of imagination itself.” –The Sunday Times (London)

“It is very difficult for a writer of my generation, if he is honest, to pretend indifference to the work of Somerset Maugham. . . . He was always so entirely there.” –Gore Vidal

“Maugham remains the consummate craftsman. . . . [His writing is] so compact, so economical, so closely motivated, so skillfully written, that it rivets attention from the first page to last.” –Saturday Review of Literature

Product Details
ISBN: 9781400034208
ISBN-10: 1400034205
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: September 9th, 2003
Pages: 314
Language: English
Series: Vintage International