"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Razor's Edge

I picked up The Razor's Edge last night in anticipation of our next book club on May 31st and I could not put it down.  I've been reading The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton but those days are over.   I am now completely engrossed, ahead of schedule, in The Razor's Edge, though I should say re-engrossed because I've read it twice already.  What kind of book is capable of this?
A highly readable, addictive masterpiece, that's what kind of book.  Please join us for the next Mop Philosophy Book Club, it will be the last one before we wrap up for summer and I know it will be good.

Re-reading these classic books with you has been such a joy.  I'm so surprised that I interpret everything differently and I really feel that re-reading books is an excellent measure of our own journey through what is really the ultimate story: our own lives.  We are all trapped in our minds and it's sometimes difficult to understand how our perspective at any given time clouds everything... re-reading a classic, great book and following it from a different point of view can be such a shocking, enlightening experience.  Very telling of changes, mindset, relationships and priorities... what have we learned, how have we grown in 10 or 20 years?

So if you are re-reading The Razor's Edge or reading it for the first time (if so: lucky!) please join us on Saturday May 31st.  Book Club begins in the morning but feel free to dip in and out all day, I'll likely put the post up the night before for those of you who have Saturday obligations.
xoxDani

16 comments:

  1. My dear Dani great minds do think alike! I only a couple hours ago implored you to post a reminder on the book club as I just finished Razor's Edge this morning. Every character was fascinating and I knew of a real-life counterpart to make it go even deeper. I called it a minor masterpiece in my earlier comment only because I'm hesitant to go further this close after finishing it but it is at least a minor masterpiece and beautifully written and will stay with me the rest of my life. I do have some military obligations book club day but will send something in ahead of time and may even have occasion to fire off a few sniper rounds during discussion via smartphone,
    Many thanks again for prompting me to read it!

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    1. GSL isn't it so beautifully written? I did see your comment, thank you, it prompted this post. Hopefully you'll get in some comments in between parachute checks, laser sniper training etc, but I will put up the post the night before so that your comments can get in at the beginning of our discussion, I'm so looking forward to it!

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  2. I am anxious to start - still have my copy from 1981! Though I loved the luminaries!

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    1. Wendy I have been entranced by The Luminaries though I find it a slow read. I get a bit "drifty" while reading it if you know what I mean. The Razor's Edge really hauls one in and the focus cannot be broken. I can't wait for you to read it again!

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  3. Oh my gosh, he was one of most fave writers in my teens and then a recently re-read him. I've always loved that faded expat British in the rotting jungle thing. Have tried to start The Luminaries about 16 times, will try harder. It's been the tea coaster beside my bed sad to say

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    1. Jody I have to say The Luminaries has been my tea coaster as well, it's even got the marks on it. I like the story but it is taking me forever to read, I find myself thinking of something else and then I realize I've been reading the same page for half an hour...
      Please join us for book club!

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    2. Yes I took a photo of it the other day next to my junky romantic paperback (strange bedfellows) but it was so water and tea marked, I couldn't do it to that beautiful cover.

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  4. Ummm....I'm probably the only one who's not read this treasure...so, off to the bookshop I shall go tomorrow...can't wait!

    Didn't love the Luminaries, and 80 percent of our book club ditched it! I loved all the NZ history, having grown up there, but the story plodded along and then left me feeling annoyed at the end, I'm afraid!

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    1. Rebecca you are in for a treat, very happy you'll be joining us. 80% is not a good statistic, it's not grabbing me though I like the writing and the story, well I'm sort of happy to know I'm not the only one I thought it was me being lazy.

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    2. No Rebecca, I hadn't even heard of it, off to do a google nosy.

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  5. I thought I might be too late but since you just started it, I have also. For summer I want some Harlequin Romance Mom porn book...what do you suggest :)

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  6. Hello Dani,

    We have absolutely no idea why we have not been present for your Book Club. No doubt, too busy with our Saturday commitments which, unlike those of a military nature that Darling GSL seems to involve himself with, are entirely frivolous. We must rectify this situation for this is a great read. We shall dip in and out!

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  7. Can't wait to join in the discussion. I read The Razor's edge many years ago and it's really stayed with me. I think Somerset Maugham is a master story teller and I'm always hoping for a revival...

    Just dug out a copy of it and will re read before book discussion. As Faux Fuchsia would say: run don't walk to read this book.

    sue

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  8. I think I misread the date and finished it for May 3rd! I wondered what happened. My bad. Terrific book; I'm going to recommend it to some gay friends and see what they think. I took out another book by him called "Up at the Villa" set in Florence I will try next.

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  9. I will certainly join the party but, if memory serves, I might find the book itself a wee bit heavy to soldier through. I truly can't read anything without Shopaholic or something like it in the title these days. My English prof would be most disappointed. I look forward to all of your smart comments however!!

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  10. I've never read The Razor's edge, but now you have me intrigued.... I am just such a slow reader these days (or rather, a sporadic reader... some weeks I'll power through 3 novels, and other times it takes me 3 months to read them). But I might purchase a copy for the bedside table... xx

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