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The Portable Graham Greene : Revised Edition (Viking Portable Library) [Paperback]

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Portable Graham Greene April 14 2002
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Most authors attempt to write stories that will impress upon the reader some idea or emotion in order to bring about change. Graham Greene writes stories that, rather than impose the idea upon the reader, pull a reaction out of the reader whether he wants to react or not. The stories he tells shock the reader and cause him to question how people or a situation could possibly be as it is. Often, the reader is a little disturbed and upset after reading Greene?s stories. There seems to be no point to them, but they shake the reader and draw out his feelings.
A prime example of Greene?s shock story is ?The End of the Party.? In only a few pages Greene sketches out two young boys, and immediately the reader sympathizes and almost loves them. And then at the end of the story, when one is dead and the other is left devastated and confused, one cannot help but feel devastation and confusion right along with Peter. There is no explanation as to why such a small fright killed Francis, or why Francis? fear still beats inside Peter?s chest, and so the reader feels ?off? and disturbed, and questions the whole story looking for some trace of meaning.
Apparent in his stories is the idea that life is precious and extremely valuable. ?The Wedding Reception? makes this point very bluntly and doesn?t leave much for the reader to guess at. At the end of the story Daintry simply states, ?A man?s dead. He?s irreplaceable too.? Even though this theme doesn?t seem apparent in ?A Shocking Accident,? it is present if one considers the confusion they have at Jerome?s tearless and emotionless response to the death of his father. And then again the puzzlement they experience as Jerome and later his bride-to-be ask about the pig. To the reader the accident is so trivial and senseless, and kills Jerome?
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Astounding Collection May 13 2000
By Nab8la
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With this anthology of Greene's work, it's clear just how good, and just how often, the author could write. Everything he touched turned to literary gold. If you like Hemingway or Robertson Davies, mysteries or serious fiction, pontifications or potboilers, then Greene is your man. This collection is an impeccable introduction for the uninitiated, and it's a great reference tool for the longtime Greene fanatic. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read. Greene is a brilliant writer who makes the language jump off the page and who is a master storyteller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A third view of "The Third Man" Oct. 14 2013
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
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I am a fan of many of Bram Greene's writings. This book is however very eclectic in content. Of cores this also means there is a little something for everyone.

My main reason acquiring for the book was the written story of "The Third Man." Not the screen play. I did not realize how much of the feel of the movie Graham Greene was.

This is a review of the Penguin classic and there are no pictures or diagrams; just pure Graham Greene writing edited by and with a helpful introduction by Philip Stratford.

The Third Man: The Screenplay

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Portable Graham Greene April 14 2002
By Benjamin - Published on Amazon.com
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Most authors attempt to write stories that will impress upon the reader some idea or emotion in order to bring about change. Graham Greene writes stories that, rather than impose the idea upon the reader, pull a reaction out of the reader whether he wants to react or not. The stories he tells shock the reader and cause him to question how people or a situation could possibly be as it is. Often, the reader is a little disturbed and upset after reading Greene?s stories. There seems to be no point to them, but they shake the reader and draw out his feelings.
A prime example of Greene?s shock story is ?The End of the Party.? In only a few pages Greene sketches out two young boys, and immediately the reader sympathizes and almost loves them. And then at the end of the story, when one is dead and the other is left devastated and confused, one cannot help but feel devastation and confusion right along with Peter. There is no explanation as to why such a small fright killed Francis, or why Francis? fear still beats inside Peter?s chest, and so the reader feels ?off? and disturbed, and questions the whole story looking for some trace of meaning.
Apparent in his stories is the idea that life is precious and extremely valuable. ?The Wedding Reception? makes this point very bluntly and doesn?t leave much for the reader to guess at. At the end of the story Daintry simply states, ?A man?s dead. He?s irreplaceable too.? Even though this theme doesn?t seem apparent in ?A Shocking Accident,? it is present if one considers the confusion they have at Jerome?s tearless and emotionless response to the death of his father. And then again the puzzlement they experience as Jerome and later his bride-to-be ask about the pig. To the reader the accident is so trivial and senseless, and kills Jerome?s father long before his time, leaving a wasted life behind. The reactions of the reader should cause him to think about what devalues life so in the eyes of the characters.
This theme is again apparent in The Third Man. Harry Lime is willing to illegally distribute a watered down form of penicillin that kills people so that he can have a lot of money. As I read this, Lime?s complete lack of compassion for other humans struck me as hideous. I had a hard time accepting that anyone could be so cold and evil. However, Greene was able to draw me into the scene and make Lime?s cold-heartedness believable. As a matter of fact, Greene handles such hard to believe issues quite well. There is never a sense that the story is too far out to be true. His characters are vivid and his settings are real. I was transported quickly to the worlds of his stories, and was disappointed when I had to leave.
Greene?s style is smooth, yet not simple. The reader must pay attention to what is being read or he may miss important details and key events in the story. His plots are far from shallow, and a lot of wisdom and insight can be gathered from the things he writes. However, his Christianity is very low key. There are very few allusions to God and Christianity in his writing. However, I think that this is what gives depth to his writing; he is not displaying his values in neon lights. Rather they are a part of the story in the same way that they should be a part of a person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greene is Greene is Greene May 22 2010
By Little Tank - Published on Amazon.com
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It may not actually be "portable" (it's a chunky book), but it is a worthy volume of Graham Greene. Penguin does a fine job, as it often does, and if you want to get into Greene, this is a good book with which to do just that. He may be depressing for some, enlightening for others, but always fascinating and intriguing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A third view of "The Third Man" May 15 2013
By bernie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am a fan of many of Bram Greene's writings. This book is however very eclectic in content. Of cores this also means there is a little something for everyone.

My main reason acquiring for the book was the written story of "The Third Man." Not the screen play. I did not realize how much of the feel of the movie Graham Greene was.

This is a review of the Penguin classic and there are no pictures or diagrams; just pure Graham Greene writing edited by and with a helpful introduction by Philip Stratford.

The Third Man: The Screenplay

The Third Man (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1949)
5.0 out of 5 stars A third view of "The Third Man" Sept. 13 2014
By bernie - Published on Amazon.com
I am a fan of many of Bram Greene's writings. This book is however very eclectic in content. Of cores this also means there is a little something for everyone.

My main reason acquiring for the book was the written story of "The Third Man." Not the screen play. I did not realize how much of the feel of the movie Graham Greene was.

This is a review of the Penguin classic and there are no pictures or diagrams; just pure Graham Greene writing edited by and with a helpful introduction by Philip Stratford.

The Third Man: The Screenplay

The Third Man (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1949)
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