W. Somerset Maugham’s, “The Razor’s Edge” is a beautiful and impressive novel. The writing is superb. The descriptions of characters and locations (Paris, England, Chicago and India) are wonderfully lucid, poetic, and at times majestic. The first 270 pages of this book were wonderfully enchanting. They read like a pristine river passing through virgin country. The last 30 pages or so were quite cumbersome.
The story takes place just after the end of World War 1 and right through the depression of the 1930’s. There are religious references made throughout the book as the lead character Larry searches for the meaning of his existence after his buddy saves his life in a air battle during the war and, in so doing, is killed.
The portrayal of the different locations and the different lifestyle each locale presents to the reader is as fascinating as any of the characters in the story. Actually, the locations are as much characters in the novel as the human beings represented in the book.
I strongly recommend. A truly wonderful and inspiring piece of writing.