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Graham Greene (1904-1991), whose long life nearly spanned the length of the twentieth century, was one of its greatest novelists. Educated at Berkhamsted School and Balliol College, Oxford, he started his career as a sub-editor of the London TimesHe began to attract notice as a novelist with his fourth book, Orient Expressin 1932. In 1935, he trekked across northern Liberia, his first experience in Africa, told in A Journey Without Maps (1936). He converted to Catholicism in 1926, an edifying decision, and reported on religious persecution in Mexico in 1938 in The Lawless Roadswhich served as a background for his famous The Power and the Glory, one of several “Catholic” novels (Brighton RockThe Heart of the MatterThe End of the Affair). During the war he worked for the British secret service in Sierra Leone; afterward, he began wide-ranging travels as a journalist, which were reflected in novels such as The Quiet AmericanOur Man in HavanaThe ComediansTravels with My AuntThe Honorary ConsulThe Human FactorMonsignor Quixoteand The Captain and the EnemyAs well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, two books of autobiography, A Sort of Life and Ways of Escape, two biographies, and four books for children. He also contributed hundreds of essays and film and book reviews to The Spectator and other journals, many of which appear in the late collection ReflectionsMost of his novels have been filmed, including The Third Man, which the author first wrote as a film treatment. Graham Greene was named Companion of Honour and received the Order of Merit among numerous other awards.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 558 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Revised edition (January 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143039180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143039181
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin on April 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
Most authors attempt to write stories that will impress upon the reader some idea or emotion in order to bring about change. Graham Greene writes stories that, rather than impose the idea upon the reader, pull a reaction out of the reader whether he wants to react or not. The stories he tells shock the reader and cause him to question how people or a situation could possibly be as it is. Often, the reader is a little disturbed and upset after reading Greene?s stories. There seems to be no point to them, but they shake the reader and draw out his feelings.
A prime example of Greene?s shock story is ?The End of the Party.? In only a few pages Greene sketches out two young boys, and immediately the reader sympathizes and almost loves them. And then at the end of the story, when one is dead and the other is left devastated and confused, one cannot help but feel devastation and confusion right along with Peter. There is no explanation as to why such a small fright killed Francis, or why Francis? fear still beats inside Peter?s chest, and so the reader feels ?off? and disturbed, and questions the whole story looking for some trace of meaning.
Apparent in his stories is the idea that life is precious and extremely valuable. ?The Wedding Reception? makes this point very bluntly and doesn?t leave much for the reader to guess at. At the end of the story Daintry simply states, ?A man?s dead. He?s irreplaceable too.? Even though this theme doesn?t seem apparent in ?A Shocking Accident,? it is present if one considers the confusion they have at Jerome?s tearless and emotionless response to the death of his father. And then again the puzzlement they experience as Jerome and later his bride-to-be ask about the pig. To the reader the accident is so trivial and senseless, and kills Jerome?
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Little Tank on May 22, 2010
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It may not actually be "portable" (it's a chunky book), but it is a worthy volume of Graham Greene. Penguin does a fine job, as it often does, and if you want to get into Greene, this is a good book with which to do just that. He may be depressing for some, enlightening for others, but always fascinating and intriguing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 15, 2013
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I am a fan of many of Gram Greene's writings. This book is however very eclectic in content. Of cores this also means there is a little something for everyone.

My main reason acquiring for the book was the written story of "The Third Man." Not the screen play. I did not realize how much of the feel of the movie Graham Greene was.

This is a review of the Penguin classic and there are no pictures or diagrams; just pure Graham Greene writing edited by and with a helpful introduction by Philip Stratford.

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I am a fan of many of Gram Greene's writings. This book is however very eclectic in content. Of cores this also means there is a little something for everyone.

My main reason acquiring for the book was the written story of "The Third Man." Not the screen play. I did not realize how much of the feel of the movie Graham Greene was.

This is a review of the Penguin classic and there are no pictures or diagrams; just pure Graham Greene writing edited by and with a helpful introduction by Philip Stratford.

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The Third Man (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1949)
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By Mort Leitner on October 25, 2014
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Excellent condition and great price.
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