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Complete Short Stories (Greene, Graham) (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

Graham Greene
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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (1 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143039105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143039105
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Graham Greene was born in 1904. He worked as a journalist and critic, and in 1940 became literary editor of the Spectator. He was later employed by the Foreign Office. As well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, three books of autobiography, two of biography and four books for children. He also wrote hundreds of essays, and film and book reviews. Graham Greene was a member of the Order of Merit and a Companion of Honour. He died in April 1991.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Graham Greene's long life and prolific writing career nearly spanned the twentieth century. Unusually enough, the British author's work was both greatly honored, and greatly popular. He wrote The Power and the Glory;The End of the Affair; and Our Man in Havana, among other noteworthy novels; he also published two short story collections. These stories are all here, dated, at least, from 1929 through 1963. They cover many genres: fantasy, mystery, spy, crime, romance, and are set in many places; England, the Continent of Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, Latin America. They also provide an unusually close view of the work of their prominent, polished writer.

The best known and once most notorious of them is probably "May We Borrow Your Husband," set on the off-season French Riviera. It's narrated in the first person by a man who sounds a lot like its author grown older, and concerns a pair of predatory English interior decorators who set out to seduce a confused, handsome young English bridegroom on his honeymoon. The narrator, who is fond of the young bride, watches the proceedings, feeling himself unable to intervene.

Another well-known story is "Cheaper in August," that chronicles the odd business of an August Caribbean affair between a middle-aged Englishwoman, married to an American academic, and a much older, not particularly attractive American remittance man. "Across the Bridge" is a strong story of an English financier fugitive, trapped in Mexico; it's also narrated by a figure much like its author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you're a fan then get it. 8 April 2014
By curtis
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Was bought as a gift and was well appreciated so I'm told. So would reccommend if you are on the lookout for similar.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading of mixed quality 22 Sep 2009
Most of the stories in this collection have the familiar, light hearted Greene tone. The quality varies wildly, though. Some stories, typically the longer ones, are among the best of what Greene has written (the tragicomic 'May we borrow your husband?', about two gay men who prey on a newly wed but seemingly unhappy couple, being my favourite).

Others, often written on commission from magazines, breathe routine. Not bad, but forgotten once the page has been turned. In any case, don't read the whole book immediately, but take it in chuncks to avoid a Greene overdose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Spy with my little eye... 24 April 2009
Nicely packaged collection from the master storyteller, my favourite here is 'I Spy'. Good value for money and containing some rarities (such as the above mentioned) that you'll struggle to find elsewhere.
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