- Publisher: Klett (Jan. 1 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3125777402
- ISBN-13: 978-3125777408
- Parcel Dimensions: 20.2 x 12.6 x 0.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 99.8 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
The Tenth Man. (Lernmaterialien) Paperback – Jan 1 1997
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About the Author
GRAHAM GREENE wrote over 50 books, including such modern classics as Our Man in Havana, The Quiet American, The End of the Affair, The Heart of the Matter, The End of the Affair and The Power and the Glory. Born in Birkhamsted, England, he lived in Paris and Antibes before his death in April 1991. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This story is hard to put down and gracefully written, but the characters are relatively flat, 2-dimensional figures. They are useful symbolically, but not terribly convincing as real people. All in all the tale reads more like a parable than a novel.
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Then MGM, which owned the work from way back in the day, went forward with the project. Greene later turned it into a book — this one.
It's about a man, as Greene's books usually are, and what he does (and doesn't do) to live up or down to that status, that of a man. In this case, the man makes a Devil's bargain — with himself and one other — and must live with the consequences. It feels a little forced at the end but the rest of it is still Graham Greene. Hence 4 stars.
The filmed version was made for British TV, and the production quality shows. But the acting — Anthony Hopkins, Kirsten Scott Thomas, Derek Jacobi (along with one fellow you'll recognize from Downtown Abbey) — is first-rate, and partially rescues the movie.
Whether or not the man will be rescued, well, you'll have to read it to find out.
Greene knows life. He has a depth of wisdom that he brings in to the characters that goes beyond the simple ethical dilemma of whether or not it is permissable to purchase one's life at the expense of another. Sometimes, dying for another is the easy part. It is the dying every day that is far more difficult. Less glorious, less noticed, but far more eternal.
In THE TENTH MAN, Greene gives us Jean-Louis Chavel, a lawyer in a Gestapo prison who, according to my dust jacket, "offers his fortune and house to anyone who will take his place before a firing squad." Then Greene follows "this survivor on his postwar return to the home he has surrendered."
As is usual with Greene's novels, there are several memorable and fully achieved characters--in this case, Chavel, Carosse, and Therese Mangeot--who bump against the limits of their principles or the shallowness of their illusions. As usual, the story is told in a spare style and has layers of conflict and believable emotion, which Greene explores to reveal amazing connections and parallels between dissimilar characters.
As the book jacket says: Watch Chavel..."discover the humanity and courage that [earlier] failed him." Highly recommended!