There are countless Graham Greene courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.
- The Quiet American (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (2004)
- The End of the Affair (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (2004)
- Our Man in Havana (2007)
- The Heart of the Matter: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (2004)
- The Human Factor (Penguin Classics) (2008)
- The Power and the Glory (1978)
- Brighton Rock (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (2004)
- Complete Short Stories (Penguin Classics) (2005)
- The Ministry of Fear: An Entertainment (Penguin Classics) (2005)
- Twenty-One Stories (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) (1993)
- The Comedians (Penguin Classics) (2005)
- Monsignor Quixote (Penguin Classics) (2008)
- The Third Man (1999)
“I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused,” Graham Greene’s narrator Fowler remarks of Alden Pyle, the eponymous “Quiet American” of what is perhaps the most controversial novel of his career.
“A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses a moment of experience from which to look ahead” ”This is a record of hate far more than of love,” writes Maurice Bendrix in the opening passages of , and it is a strange hate indeed that compels him to set down the retrospective account of his adulterous affair with Sarah…
Our Man in Havana (2007)
MI6’s man in Havana is Wormold, a former vacuum-cleaner salesman turned reluctant secret agent out of economic necessity. To keep his job, he files bogus reports based on Charles Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare and dreams up military installations from vacuum-cleaner designs.
“Wilson sat on the balcony of the Bedford Hotel with his bald pink knees thrust against the ironwork” Graham Greene’s masterpiece, tells the story of a good man enmeshed in love, intrigue, and evil in a West African coastal town.
Maurice Castle is a high-level operative in the British secret service during the Cold War. He is deeply in love with his African wife, who escaped apartheid South Africa with the help of his communist friend. Despite his misgivings, Castle decides to act as a double agent, passing information to the Soviets to help his in-laws in South Africa. In order to evade detection, he allows his assistant to be wrongly identified as the source of the leaks.
The Power and the Glory (1978)
In one of the southern states of Mexico, during an anti-clerical purge, the last priest, like a hunted hare, is on the run. Too human for heroism, too humble for martyrdom, the little worldly ‘whiskey priest’ is nevertheless impelled towards his squalid Calvary as much by his own compassion for humanity as by the efforts of his pursuers. A baleful vulture of doom hovers over this modern crucifixion story, but above the vulture soars an eagle — the inevitability of the Church’s triumph.
“Hale knew, before he had been in Brighton three hours, that they meant to murder him” Graham Greene’s chilling exposé of violence and gang warfare in the pre-war underworld is a classic of its kind. Pinkie, a teenage gangster on the rise, is devoid of compassion or human feeling, despising weakness of both the spirit and the flesh.
Affairs, obsessions, ardors, fantasy, myth, legends, dreams, fear, pity, and violence—this magnificent collection of stories illuminates all corners of the human experience. Including four previously uncollected stories, this new complete edition reveals Graham Greene in a range of contrasting moods, sometimes cynical and witty, sometimes searching and philosophical. Each of these forty-nine stories confirms V. S.
For Arthur Rowe, the trip to the charity fête was a joyful step back into adolescence, a chance to forget the nightmare of the Blitz and the aching guilt of having mercifully murdered his sick wife. He was surviving alone, outside the war, until he happened to win a cake at the fête. From that moment, he is ruthlessly hunted by Nazi agents and finds himself the prey of malign and shadowy forces.
In ’The Basement Room’ a small boy witnesses an event that blights his whole life. Like the other stories in this book (written between 1929 and 1954), it hinges on the themes that dominate Graham Greene’s novels—fear, pity and violence, pursuit, betrayal and man’s restless search for salvation.
Three men meet on a ship bound for Haiti, a world in the grip of the corrupt “Papa Doc” and the Tontons Macoute, his sinister secret police. Brown the hotelier, Smith the innocent American, and Jones the confidence man—these are the “comedians” of Greene’s title. Hiding behind their actors’ masks, they hesitate on the edge of life.
When Father Quixote, a local priest of the Spanish village of El Toboso who claims ancestry to Cervantes’ fictional Don Quixote, is elevated to the rank of monsignor through a clerical error, he sets out on a journey to Madrid to purchase purple socks appropriate to his new station.
The Third Man (1999)
Rollo Martins’ usual line is the writing of cheap paperback Westerns under the name of Buck Dexter. But when his old friend Harry Lime invites him to Vienna, he jumps at the chance. With exactly five pounds in his pocket, he arrives only just in time to make it to his friend’s funeral. The victim of an apparently banal street accident, the late Mr.
Best Graham Greene Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf
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The Unquiet Englishman: A Life of Graham Greene
Author(s): Richard Greene
ID: 2876524, Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Year: 2020, Size: 14 Mb, Format: epub
Graham Greene: the last interview and other conversations
Author(s): Greene, Graham;MacArthur, John R
ID: 2594105, Publisher: Melville House, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub
Our man down in Havana: the story behind Graham Greene's Cold War spy novel
Author(s): Greene, Graham; Hull, Christopher
ID: 2865337, Publisher: Pegasus Books, Year: 2019, Size: 27 Mb, Format: epub
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