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Bendrix, as evidenced by his ability to tell the story, is not dead, merely unconscious, and so Sarah must keep her promise. She breaks off the relationship without giving a reason, leaving Bendrix mystified and angry. The only explanation he can think of is that she's left him for another man. It isn't until years later, when he hires a private detective to ascertain the truth, that he learns of her impassioned vow. Sarah herself comes to understand her move through a strange rationalization. Writing to God in her journal, she says:
You willed our separation, but he [Bendrix] willed it too. He worked for it with his anger and his jealousy, and he worked for it with his love. For he gave me so much love, and I gave him so much love that soon there wasn't anything left, when we'd finished, but You.It's as though the pull toward faith were inevitable, if incomprehensible--perhaps as punishment for her sin of adultery. In her final years, Sarah's faith only deepens, even as she remains haunted by the bombing and the power of her own attraction to God. Set against the backdrop of a war-ravaged city, The End of the Affair is equally haunting as it lays forth the question of what constitutes love in troubling, unequivocal terms. --Melanie Rehak --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Greene has done a tremendous job using beautiful writing and characters to make us examine ourselves.
Greene is also concerned with the similarities between love and hate and the relationship between intense emotional pain, hate, and belief in God.
Reading the book one has to stop after a few pages and wonder what one would do if the story was personal.
It ws OK; Graham Greene has written better books. Still am not sure what the guy in the story will do with his life.Published 5 days ago by Carol Robel
Well-written of course and good atmosphere and evocation of the time (WWII and aftermath UK). However, the central dilemma - revolving around the impossibility of divorce, and... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Peter Ellis
Not in the same genre of Greene Novels. Reads more like a romantic novel. The style of writing is still greatPublished 1 month ago by jayantianil
Relationships are complicated. Extremely complicated. People in relationships often think they know all aspects of it, until they are made aware that they know very little. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MC
A woman goes to a church like once and has some vague emotional experience. According to Graham Greene, this makes her a Catholic, a true religious woman. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lincott
I enjoy the way in which he poses people's problems in what to believe in the 21 st century. He offers no easy solutions. Sarah's muddled mind is convincing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by michael j butler
A stunning portrait of a (surprise!) love affair that takes many an unexpected turn. The bond between the lover and the husband is unexpected and beautiful.Published 3 months ago by AJo94