Why Did You Drive A Taxi?

The question I have been asked more than any other is “Why did you drive a taxi?” This was usually followed by, “Wasn’t it dangerous?” My response was usually, “Living is dangerous.” Think of it, some poor fellow in Florida was sitting in his home when the earth opened and swallowed him alive. I read a book about the odds of everything like dying in an automobile, plane or train, etc. No one thinks of the odds of returning home safely after visiting a grocery store, but the odds of returning home alive are not one hundred percent in your favor…

I drove a cab because of a book I had read years earlier written by W. Somerset Maugham

The book features one of the longest and most remarkable soliloquies by the protagonist, Larry Darrell, I have read in any novel. The book was made into a movie twice, in 1946 with Tyrone Power as Darrell,

and again in 1984 with Bill Murray

playing the lead. But watching one or both of these movies will not bring you understanding of why I got behind the wheel of a taxi doing what was not just a job but an adventure. Only reading the book will allow you to understand why I drove a cab.

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SOMERSET MAUGHAM’S
NOVEL THE RAZOR’S EDGE. WHO LARRY DARRELL WAS IN REAL LIFE, WHAT
HAPPENED TO HIM, ETC.
http://the-wanderling.com/razors_edge_ring.html

The Razor’s Edge | #TBT | 20th Century FOX

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038873/

The Razor’s Edge (1984) – Trailer

Bill Murray interview – The Razor’s Edge (Letterman)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087980/?ref_=nv_sr_1

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2 thoughts on “Why Did You Drive A Taxi?

  1. blisswrites says:

    “You know, at one time I made quite a little reputation for myself as a humorist by the simple process of telling the truth. It came as such a surprise to most people that they thought I was being funny.” “I don’t see the connection.” “Well, Larry is, I think, the only person I’ve ever met who’s completely disinterested. It makes his actions seem peculiar. We’re not used to persons who do things simply for the love of God whom they don’t believe in.” Suzanne stared at me. “My poor friend, you’ve had too much to drink.”

  2. blisswrites says:

    To my favorite enigma,

    Alright…you’ve got me reading Razor’s Edge….

    Excellent post!!! Still don’t understand, but the enigma calls….

    “You know, at one time I made quite a little reputation for myself as a humorist by the simple process of telling the truth. It came as such a surprise to most people that they thought I was being funny.” “I don’t see the connection.” “Well, Larry is, I think, the only person I’ve ever met who’s completely disinterested. It makes his actions seem peculiar. We’re not used to persons who do things simply for the love of God whom they don’t believe in.” Suzanne stared at me. “My poor friend, you’ve had too much to drink.”

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