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Ways of Escape Hardcover – 1980

ISBN-13: 978-0671412197 ISBN-10: 0671412191 Edition: First Edition
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"As good as the best of its kind--marvellously rich." - William Trevor, The Guardian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster; First Edition edition (1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671412191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671412197
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James Hercules Sutton on September 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
because this book leaves me feeling that he felt his life was unreal and his fiction was real.
He lived in boredom punctuated by terror--manic/depressive, opium smoking, Russian roulette playing, suicidal.
Was he a spy, even after he left the Foreign Office? Was writing his cover for travel? Does boredom fully explain his uncanny knack for being in troubled places in troubled times?
No matter. He was a great stylist and craftsman. This autobiography (along with "A Sort of Life") is worth reading for his methods as a novelist and for portraits of friends, such as Waugh and Herbert Reed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe LeDux on November 17, 2012
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Being a writer myself, I have a particular fondness for writer's memoirs. In particular, I've found memoirs written by Philip Caputo, William Manchester, and Stephen King to be particularly enjoyable to read. This one, by Graham Greene, is my favorite of them all. He led an event-filled, spectacular life. He went on patrols with Gurkha troops in Malaya, worked for British intelligence in Africa, lived and worked in Indochina/Vietnam during the French occupation, even reported from Dien Bien Phu. But beyond the subject matter, it's Greene's mastery of the language that is primarily responsible for the magnificence of this book. That, and the fact that he is honest, open, and utterly unapologetic about many things that someone less brave might have kept to himself.

But as I said, more than anything, read it for the language. Greene was one of the greatest authors to ever work in the English language, and if you've never read anything of his you have a wonderful experience waiting for you, if you only pick up one of his books.

Example? Here is Greene capturing a subjective experience in just a few words, one that is particularly difficult to explain to someone who has never experienced it first hand. Most authors who have tried have failed. About his first experience with opium, he says

"It was like the first glimpse of a beautiful woman with whom, one realizes, a relationship is possible."

The book is full of gems like that. It is a joy to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Whackercarthy on June 29, 2014
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All the terms of reference are there.
Its like revisiting old friends and favoured haunts, as Greene knew everybody of any importance and value
and went everywhere worth going.
The 20th century was an epic one and Greene has had terrific influence on it and lets hope it maintains into the 21st.
A rare talent: up there with Waugh and they were good mates with great respect for each other's work.
I read this after a cerebral hemorrhage and it helped me raise my spirits and recover as did his "Confidential Agent."
He always refused to admit to being a Catholic writer. Maybe he is or maybe not, but he is definitely a subtle spiritual writer and on the side of humanity and goodness, but with tongue firmly stuck in cheek and well aware of the contradictory nature of humanity..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Avô on December 3, 2013
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A very personal and approachable book by Graham Green. There are moments when it's obvious that the material was written years apart, but that adds to the tapestry and enhances the effort. The effort? The effort of explaining Graham Green's life, a man who's life entailed some contradictions and some questionable behavior. The book is closer to Greene than others I've read and has the ambiance of an auto-biography that was written sometimes as a diary and sometimes as a diatribe. For those who enjoy Greeneland, this book is a must.
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