- Publisher: Viking; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (1970)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670725242
- ISBN-13: 978-0670725243
- Product Dimensions: 50.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 567 g
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,547,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Travels with My Aunt Hardcover – 1970
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"Rich in exactly etched and moving portraits of real human beings...the tragic and comic ironies of love, loyalty and belief." - V.S. Pritchett, The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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'Travels' is one of the most purely pleasurable books I have ever read, largely due to the perfectly captured narrative voice, a middle-aged virgin, retired bank manager and dahlia expert unwittingly thrown into a world of smuggling, soft drugs, hippies, war criminals, CIA operatives, military dictatorships, and whose decent, limited tolerance keeps the fantastic narrative believable, but also blinds him to genuine horrors.
The book contains some of Greene's funniest writing; if he'd written it 30 years earlier he's have called it an 'entertainment', those more generic or populist works that weren't overtly concerned with great moral themes. Today, these entertainments seem to have dated better than the 'serious' books.
Of course, 30 years on and Greene can relax his style - the plot is less vice-like, the words don't imprison - rather, they eloquently express a developing consciousness and sensibility. This is a story that proliferates with stories, some comic, some tragic, some parable-lie, all leading inexorably towards one untold story. Like all Greene's novels, 'Travels' concerns modern man's search for home, and the ending is devastating, mixing imagistic beauty with characteristically flat cynicism.
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