BOOK RIOT

We need to talk about this.

Hannah Horvath

What to get the girl who has the biggest inferiority complex in Brooklyn (“No one could ever hate me as much as I hate myself, okay? So any mean thing anyone has to say about me, I’ve already said to me, about me, probably in the last half hour.”)?

Razor’s Edge by Somerset Maugham

Because Hannah is way too liberal-arts-educated-proud to browse the self-help section of her bookstore, I’m thinking girl needs her literary medicine to come in the form of a hip classic that doesn’t suffer from overexposure. The Razor’s Edge is my favorite Maugham novel (sorry, Of Human Bondage, sorry.) It tells the story of Larry Darrell, who, after being f—ed up by the horrors of WWI, sets off in search of Life’s Meaning. Hannah needs to figure out what her life means too. She could also stand a strong dose of perspective (Horrors of World War I > Being a twenty-something in twenty-teens NYC).

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