"WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY J.M. COETZEE A gang war is raging through the dark underworld of Brighton. Seventeen-year-old Pinkie, malign and ruthless, has killed a man. Believing he can escape retribution, he is unprepared for the courageous, life-embracing Ida Arnold. Greene's gripping thriller, exposes a world of loneliness and fear, of life lived on the dangerous edge of things'. 'In a class by himself-the ultimate chronicler of twentieth-century man's consciousness and anxiety' - William Golding, Independent The most ingenious, inventive and exciting of our novelists, rich in exactly etched and moving portraits of real human beings - The Times read Brighton Rock when I was about thirteen. One of the first lessons I took from it was that a serious novel could be an exciting novel that the novel of adventure could also be the novel of ideas - Ian McEwan"
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Steve Chibnall also uncovers the mystery of missing scenes that, if restored, would give Brighton Rock a significantly different emphasis, and he reveals new information about the films' controversial ending."--BOOK JACKET.
Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1.0, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, course: Graham Greene's Major Novels, 8 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Discusses the significance of Catholicism in the novel. The paper argues that Brighton Rock's Catholic characters have a different view of the world which makes their life more complicated than that of the 'non-believers'.
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Three iconic novels from “a superb storyteller with a gift for provoking controversy” (The New York Times). Graham Greene has been hailed as “one of the finest writers of any language” (The Washington Post) and “the ultimate chronicler of twentieth-century man’s conscious and anxiety” (William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies). His extraordinary reputation rests largely on these three superb novels, all of which have been adapted into classic films. Brighton Rock: Seventeen-year-old Pinkie Brown, raised in the prewar Brighton slums, leads a motley pack of gangsters whose small-time scams have erupted in murder. The coverup leads Pinkie to a timid and lovestruck young waitress—his new wife, the key witness to his crimes, and, should she live long enough, his alibi. But loitering in the shadows is another woman—one determined to avenge Pinkie’s latest victim. “Brilliant and uncompromising.” —The New York Times The End of the Affair: Maurice Bendrix, a writer in Clapham during the Blitz, and Sarah Miles, the bored, beautiful wife of a dull civil servant, begin a series of doomed and reckless trysts. After Maurice miraculously survives a bombing, Sarah ends the affair—quickly and without explanation. It’s only when Maurice crosses paths with Sarah’s husband that he discovers the unexpected fallout of their duplicity. “One of the most true and moving novels of my time, in anybody’s language.” —William Faulkner, Nobel Prize–winning author Our Man in Havana: James Wormold, a cash-strapped vacuum cleaner salesman in Havana, finds the answer to his prayers when British Intelligence offers him a lucrative job as an undercover agent. To keep the checks coming, he passes along sketches of secret weapons that look suspiciously like vacuum parts. But when MI6 dispatches a secretary to oversee his endeavors, Wormold fears his fabricated world will come undone. Instead, it all comes true. Somehow, he’s become the target of an assassin, and it’s going to take more than a fib to get out of Cuba alive. “High-comic mayhem . . . weirdly undated . . . [and] bizarrely prescient.” —Christopher Buckley, New York Times–bestselling author