by W. Somerset Maugham
This novel – which the author states is a true story – follows the life of Larry Darrell, a traumatized WWI pilot. After the war, he seeks spiritual enlightenment through knowledge, travel, and meditation. His path is juxtaposed against the lives of a few affluent Americans living abroad who can not fathom that meaning could be worth more than money. The era and characters are expertly described by the author – a great read!