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The Razor's Edge

The Razor's Edge - W. Somerset Maugham Maugham doesn't shy away from the dark side, and thank God for that. If you appreciated his depiction of the dull ache of unrequited love in Of Human Bondage (OHB), you will appreciate the disconnected angst and disillusion of World War I veteran Larry Darrell in Razor's Edge. Maugham drove a battlefield ambulance in France during World War I, and it touched him profoundly. Razor's Edge was written nearly 30 years after OHB, and it does come across as a more mature work because it is more nuanced, (Isabel is a tragic figure in one way, but can we forgive her for what she did to Sophie? Should Sophie bear some responsibility for what happened to her? Is Larry responsible for Isabel's final state? {No!}) and the characters have a greater depth to them (consider Sophie in Razor's Edge compared to Mildred in OHB). I have read several reviews opining that Of Human Bondage is Maugham's greatest work, and it is great, but my vote is for Razor's Edge.