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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.
On the street, a man runs into the husband of a woman he’d had an affair with two years earlier. The husband is shaken, they talk, and the husband says he suspects his wife is... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Mark
Graham Greene's "The End of the Affair" is an arresting study of human nature that's a love story (of sorts) written as a mystery. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tim Drake
Kind of depressing. But I did finish it and enjoyed it.Published 1 month ago by Virginia Dare McGraw
The book arrived on time etc I didn't enjoy it at all and probably will never finish it. I don't know why it got hood reviews. Not the seller's fault!!Published 1 month ago by Patty Hirsch
Another excellent Graham Greene novel. What can I say that hasn't already been said? If you love Greene's writing, you should love this - I did.Published 2 months ago by James M. Surprenant
This is not a book that you can relax with. It is not one of my favourites of Graham Greene’s books. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Discerning Reader
Starts nicely, then just goes on and on to unbelievableness...
I tried but just couldn't finish it.
Beautifully written book, which I appreciated even more on a second read.Published 4 months ago by Constance
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 months ago by Carol