The Razor’s Edge

Larry Darrell is a young American who embarks on a spiritual odyssey which involves him with some of Maugham’s most brilliant characters including his fiancée Isabel, whose ultimate choice between love and wealth results in lifelong repercussions, and Elliot Templeton, her uncle, a classic expat and American snob.  

Maugham himself plays a considerable part as he wanders in and out of the story, to observe his characters journeys, all of which I enjoyed following and the novel is of course full of brilliant sarcastic and witty remarks that I enjoyed immensely.

The Razor’s Edge was adapted into film in 1946 starring Tyrone Power and directed by Edmund Goulding and again in 1984 starring Bill Murray and directed by John Byrum.