Favorite novelsWhat are some of yours?
Posted 18 December 2008 - 10:29 AM
I DONT ENJOY READING BOOKS THAT DONT CONFORM TO MY WORLDVIEW
I like that you're self aware of the failings of your stereotype's personality.
I wish we all had that ability.
Posted 18 December 2008 - 11:00 AM
Having said that, the majority of his stuff is relatively free of preaching. With a few notable exceptions (e.g. The Power and the Glory) his protagonists are good men but lousy catholics. That's pretty much where the influence of religion ends. His plots are never truly driven by religious zeal: religion just happens to be in there. I'd suggest you read The Heart of the Matter or The End of the Affair if you want to try some "serious" Greene. I know a lot of Anglophones who think that The Quiet American is his best work; I never felt that strongly about it, but then I'm not a native English speaker so I might have missed a certain subtlety of prose, who knows. If you want to try one of his entertainments, check out Brighton Rock or The Honorary Consul.
Also, I'd like to note that writing "catholicism" after a few post-dinner whiskeys suddenly becomes a rather daunting task. God, I'm a lightweight.
Posted 18 December 2008 - 11:42 AM
I don't know if teacher was a fool (She certainly was in other respects) or if Greene relied on me being a guilty Catholic (Which I was not in any respect) to fill in the gaps of his witting.
His whole Catholic-guilt theme seems to come up in context when people refer to his work so often it's not encouraged me to read anything else by him.
If Brighton Rock is anyway representative of the man he's third rate.
(We were forced to read it at school and that nasty Mrs Thatcher made us pay for it, never really forgave her for that)
At the moment reading Vanity Fair by Thackery, recommend by someone who thinks Thackery got it right this one and only time.
So far very impressed, even though the sarcasm is subtle enough to miss at first, an amusing story and extremely good characterisation.
Edited by zooloo, 18 December 2008 - 11:45 AM.
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