See the film with Bill Murray instead The Razor's Edge. This book is so pretentious and over-written I had to finally put it down after making it halfway through... What Maugham says with five pages, Bill Murray says with a sentence, a gesture or a facial expression.A man is entitled to his opinion, and apparently here he believes that the movie far exceeds the book. Just for the sheer originality of such a sentiment, this review should be touted, regardless of whether or not I agree (I don't agree, by the way). Woodward's review (as the sole 1-star review) shows not idiotic disregard, but rather a sincere feeling that the book was lacking. Even if I don't agree with it, I do need to respect that he chose to express it. And even be thankful that he did.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
"Richard K. Woodward", reviewing Somerset Maugham's "The Razor's Edge" (edited out slight spoiler, otherwise complete):