Graham Greene
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Author:  George Berger [ 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.

Author:  benedictjjones [ Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:51 am ]
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my favourite greene novel is probably 'a gun for sale' and i really like his short fiction as well.

Author:  George Berger [ Tue Apr 28, 2009 2:10 pm ]
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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.

Author:  Lawrence Dagstine [ Fri May 01, 2009 6:47 pm ]
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If you like Graham Greene, you'll definitely want to check out his short works... Most especially THE DESTRUCTORS.

Author:  George Berger [ 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.

Author:  pendragon [ Sun May 03, 2009 4:21 pm ]
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Our Man in Havana is superb.

Author:  George Berger [ 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.

Author:  benedictjjones [ 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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