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 Post subject: Graham Greene
PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:04 pm 
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I am reading Graham Greene's THE HONORARY CONSUL, and am impressed. This has to be one of his best books. It is not a page turner, but a sexually tinged political novel with highly sensitive descriptions of human relations between men and women and men among men. This is excellent stuff. Its ring of truth grips me, while the writing is not at all flashy. In my opinion contemporary writers ought to go for such finely sketched emotions, with their low-key descriptions, rather than for sensationalistic styles that verge on erotica (another genre entirely). This is such good stuff that I'm more angry than usual at the routine downgrading of Mr Greene.


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my favourite greene novel is probably 'a gun for sale' and i really like his short fiction as well.


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Thanks for that. I never heard of the book but will keep my eyes open for it. THE HONORARY CONSUL lived up to my expectations. A fine read, with some philosophical, theological, and humanistic depth.


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If you like Graham Greene, you'll definitely want to check out his short works... Most especially THE DESTRUCTORS.

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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 7:16 pm 
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Thanks for that, Lawrence. I will keep my eyes open for it. And BTW, I was born and raised in Far Rockaway, NYC (1942--65). Great place to become an SF lover. The library was wonderful.


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Our Man in Havana is superb.


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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2009 5:35 pm 
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Right, Arthur. I read it years ago, forget everything except something about a coffin (I think) and have it somewhere. Indeed, it is one of the Greene books I plan to re-read.


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 9:21 am 
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i still keep meaning to start 'the three comediens'. i really enjoyed 'brighton rock' as well. 'the destructors' is an excellent short.
there's also one about a man paying people to do penances for him and him trying to find out why one of them isn't at the church where she is meant to be... can't remember the title but i have it in the same collection as 'the destructors;


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