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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.
"Singularly moving and beautiful...the relationship of lover to husband with its crazy mutation of pity, hate, comradeship, jealousy, and contempt is superbly described...the heroine is consistently lovable." —Evelyn Waugh
"An absorbing piece of work, passionately felt and strikingly written." —The Atlantic Monthly
"Brighton Rock, The Heart of the Matter, and The End of the Affair...all have claims to greatness; they are as intense and penetrating and disturbing as an inquisitor's gaze." —John Updike
"Graham Greene was in class by himself.... He will be read and remembered as the ultimate twentieth-century chronicler of consciousness and anxiety." —William Golding
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.
great book worth the read should be on every reading list. The setting during the war make the book even more realPublished 1 month ago by burnham
Like all good betraying literary wives, Sarah dies at the end. Just something that occured to me as I read the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elizabeth S. Case
After finishing Colin Firth’s narration of Graham Greene’s “The End of the Affair,” my mind is left swirling with thoughts and emotions. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Reviews by Rachel
Loved the book! Beautiful story of conversion and the human heart.Published 2 months ago by fudgeknuckles
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 3 months 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 4 months ago by Tim Drake
Kind of depressing. But I did finish it and enjoyed it.Published 4 months ago by Virginia Dare McGraw