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The Razors Edge by W Somerset Maugham - Engaging and Sophisticated Readpdf

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The Razors Edge by W.

Somerset Maugham

My Field Manual For Life

Larry Darrell is a young American in search of the absolute. The progress of his spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maughams 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. Features: * Click here to view our Condition Guide and Shipping Prices When I was 20, some several decades ago, I heard that one of my favorite actors, Bill Murray, was putting together a movie based on a book called The Razors Edge. I had no idea what it was about, but wanting to read the book before seeing the movie, I picked it up and read it. What happened was the first in a chain of events that has led me down paths that have made me who I am now. At 45, I once again read this book and am equally moved and thrilled to realize that life, like a skaters languid figure eight, has come back again to a place it once was. Like that same person with barely two decades of life under his belt: single, without care, drifting in life without purpose, career calling, or direction, my purpose is as uncertain as it was so long ago. So, now what? Well, that remains to be seen. The Razors Edge is a book that I wish everyone would read at some time in their life, if only to encounter Larry Darrell, one of the most remarkable people in literature and a man to whom each of us should pledge to aspire, if only for a little while. How much better would life be if we were to simply eschew material goods for spiritual discovery or see the grace and glory in doing things for others for the sheer joy of helping out and being the best that we can be? Is there a more important issue to ponder in our lives than what our purpose is and who is the truest and most worthwhile person we can be? This classic novel, easy to read and yet remarkable thoughtful and full of deep human understanding, gives us Larry and lets us judge not only his actions, but our own in contrast. The Razors Edge is nothing short

of my field book for life, a reminder of what I know to be true, right, and decent, and the talisman to keep me on the path towards hope, enlightenment, and being the man I was intended to be. Towards the end of the book, Larry explains, Its strange how many people suffer from (fear). I dont mean fear of closed spaces and fear of heights, but fear of death and, whats worse, fear of life. I have come to understand that the battle with fear is a part of life. This book, like all of the cherished lessons and experiences in life, is a crucial ally in that on-going engagement.

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