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A Study in Greene: Graham Greene and the Art of the Novel by Bernard Bergonzi

By Bernard Bergonzi

Bernard Bergonzi has been studying Graham Greene for a few years; he nonetheless possesses the unique variation of The finish of the Affair that he got whilst it was once released in 1951. After a lot contemporary consciousness to Greene's existence he believes it's time to go back to his writings; during this serious research Bergonzi makes an in depth exam of the language and constitution of Greene's novels, and lines the obsessive motifs that recur all through his lengthy occupation. so much prior feedback was once written whereas Greene used to be nonetheless alive and dealing, and used to be to some degree provisional, because the ultimate form of his paintings was once no longer but obvious. during this booklet Bergonzi is ready to take a view of Greene's complete profession as a novelist, which prolonged from 1929 to 1988. He believes that Greene's prior paintings used to be his top, combining melodrama, realism, and poetry, with Brighton Rock, released in 1938, an ethical delusion that pulls on crime fiction and Jacobean tragedy, because the masterpiece. The novels that Greene released after the Fifties have been very specialist examples of skilful story-telling yet represented a decline from this excessive point of accomplishment. Bergonzi demanding situations assumptions concerning the nature of Greene's debt to cinema, and makes an attempt to explain the complexities and contradictions of his non secular rules. even though this ebook engages with questions that come up in educational discussions of Greene, it truly is written with common readers in mind.

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This was inexplicable until Greene’s biographer revealed that at that time he had a mistress called Dorothy Glover. Other parallels and repetitions remain puzzling. There is, for instance, no obvious reason why the principal male and female characters in both The End of the Affair and The Human Factor should be named Maurice and Sarah. One has to allow for the possibility that Greene, who did not like rereading his work, had simply forgotten that he had already used those names. Greene turned obsessions into jokes, perhaps as a means of controlling them.

In the Café Français in Little Compton Street a man at the counter served two coffees and sold a packet of ‘Weights’. The match factory in Battersea pounded out the last ten thousand boxes, working overtime. The cars in the Oxford Street fun-fair rattled and bounced, and the evening papers went to press for the last edition—‘The Streatham Rape and Murder. Latest Developments’. ‘Mr MacDonald Flies to Lossiemouth’. ‘Disarmament Conference Adjourns’, ‘Special Service for Footballers’, ‘Family of Insured Couple Draw £,.

Such passages reveal Greene the poet; indeed, the aural effect of ‘shaking of shakos’ would be more familiar in verse than in prose. ’ A poet can content himself with devising and exploring metaphors, but a novelist, even a poetic one, needs to tell a story and invent characters. Greene does so to good effect in It’s a Battlefield. The Assistant Commissioner, as I have remarked, is a necessary but limited character, serving to focus the author’s sense that the world is a battlefield and that so-called primitive life is more authentic than civilization.

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