Published in the U. InI came into a creative stride, writing first drafts of a short story and a novella and completing the groundwork for the final draft of a novel. I started smoking a pipe. I started a new job which will finance A, B and C pipe smoking and chess playing being modest luxuries but my new salary being modest as well.
Plot[ edit ] Maugham begins by characterizing his story as not really a novel but a thinly veiled true account. He includes himself as a minor character, a writer who drifts in and out of the lives of the major players. For example, while Templeton's Roman Catholicism embraces the hierarchical trappings of the Church, Larry's proclivities tend towards the 13th-century Flemish mystic and saint John of Ruysbroeck.
He wants to delay their marriage and refuses to take up a job as a stockbroker offered to him by Henry Maturin, the father of his friend Gray. Meanwhile, Larry's childhood friend, Sophie, settles into a happy marriage, only later tragically losing her husband and baby in a car accident. Larry moves to Paris and immerses himself in study and bohemian life.
After two years of this "loafing," Isabel visits and Larry asks her to join his life of wandering and searching, living in Paris and travelling with little money. She cannot accept his vision of life and breaks their engagement to go back to Chicago.
There she marries the millionaire Gray, who provides her a rich family life. Meanwhile, Larry begins a sojourn through Europe, taking a job at a coal mine in Lens, Francewhere he befriends a former Polish army officer named Kosti.
Kosti's influence encourages Larry to look toward things spiritual for his answers rather than in books. Larry and Kosti leave the coal mine and travel together for a time before parting ways. Larry then meets a Benedictine monk named Father Ensheim in BonnGermany while Father Ensheim is on leave from his monastery doing academic research.
After spending several months with the Benedictines and being unable to reconcile their conception of God with his own, Larry takes a job on an ocean liner and finds himself in Bombay.
Larry has significant spiritual adventures in India and comes back to Paris. He starts off the chapter by saying "I feel it right to warn the reader that he can very well skip this chapter without losing the thread of the story as I have to tell, since for most part it is nothing more than the account of a conversation that I had with Larry.
However, I should add that except for this conversation, I would perhaps not have thought it worthwhile to write this book The stock market crash has ruined Gray, and he and Isabel are invited to live in her uncle Elliott Templeton's grand Parisian house.
Gray is often incapacitated with agonising migraines due to a general nervous collapse. Larry is able to help him using an Indian form of hypnotic suggestion.
Sophie has also drifted to the French capital, where her friends find her reduced to alcohol, opiumand promiscuity — empty and dangerous liaisons that seem to help her to bury her pain.
Larry first sets out to save her and then decides to marry her, a plan that displeases Isabel, who is still in love with him. Maugham deduces this after seeing Sophie in Toulonwhere she has returned to smoking opium and promiscuity. He is drawn back into the tale when police interrogate him after Sophie has been found murdered with an inscribed book from him in her room, along with volumes by Baudelaire and Rimbaud.
Meanwhile, in AntibesElliott Templeton is on his deathbed. Despite the fact that he has throughout his life compulsively sought out aristocratic society, none of his titled friends come to see him, which makes him alternately morose and irate.
But his outlook on death is somewhat positive: Maugham confronts her about Sophie, having figured out Isabel's role in Sophie's downfall. Isabel's only punishment will be that she will never get Larry, who has decided to return to America and live as a common working man.
He is uninterested in the rich and glamorous world that Isabel will move in. Maugham ends his narrative by suggesting that all the characters got what they wanted in the end: Sophie death; and Larry happiness.
It should be noted that Americans had explored Eastern philosophy prior to these authors, notably in the first half of the nineteenth century by the Transcendentalistsand then from the visit of Vivekananda inand then Yogananda 's move to the U.
The path is difficult to cross like the sharpened edge of the razor knifeso say the wise. He has put me into a book, 'the Razor's Edge' and when I dined with him, I asked him why he had done it, and he explained, with some embarrassment, that he had split me into three characters, and then written a book about all three.
So I am Elliott Templeton, Larry, himself the hero of the book, and another: Arise, awake, and learn by approaching the exalted ones, for that path is sharp as a razor's edge, impassable, and hard to go by, say the wise.
The Katha Upanishad by Nancy Cantwell.
Talks with Ramana Maharshi.The book Siddhartha and the movie The Razor’s Edge are two similar yet different stories. Each these two works explore man’s search for truth, self, and life’s true meaning. The main characters of these stories are very different people, yet they are in search of similar goals.
The main character of Siddhartha is Siddhartha. Occam's Journey May AM by Ken Gagne Filed under Reviews ; 3 comments. Inspiration can come from the most unlikely of sources, as demonstrated by the film The Razor's Edge, based on W.
Somerset Maugham's book of the same name. "The Razor's Edge" and "Siddhartha" Comparison Essay "The Razor's Edge" and "Siddhartha" Compares W.
Somerset Maugham's "The Razors Edge" and Herman Hesse's "Siddhartha". “The Razor’s Edge” is a frustrating and fascinating film from It is based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham.
The novel had been a massive best seller and the public anxiously awaited the film adaptation. Darrell F. Zanuck and Fox spared no expense in translating the sprawling book to the silver screen. The Razor's Edge is a novel by W.
The book was first published in It tells the story of Larry Darrell, an American pilot traumatized by his experiences in World War I, who sets off in search of some transcendent meaning in his life.
The story begins through the eyes of Larry's friends and acquaintances as they witness his . The Razor's Edge is a novel by W. Somerset Maugham. The book was first published in It tells the story of Larry Darrell, an American pilot traumatized by his experiences in World War I, who sets off in search of some transcendent meaning in his life.
The story begins through the eyes of Larry's friends and acquaintances as they witness his personality change after the War.