The Razor’s Edge. W. Somerset Maugham. Doubleday, 1944. First edition. Original dust jacket. "The sharp edge of a razor is difficult to pass over; thus the wise say the path to Salvation is hard."
Tells the story of Larry Darrell, an American pilot traumatized by his experiences in WW I, who sets off in search of some transcendent meaning in his life. His rejection of conventional life and search for meaningful experience allows him to thrive while the more materialistic characters suffer reversals of fortune.