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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Klett Ernst /Schulbuch
  • Language: German, English
  • ISBN-10: 3125362512
  • ISBN-13: 978-3125362512
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 0.7 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,878 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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It's difficult to read The Third Man without being constantly overpowered by images from the film, or at least that was the way I found it. The good thing about that is the quality of images the movie offers.
Of course, the writing conjures up images of its own. My favourites here, the crazy workings of a sliced up Vienna and the inside of Harry Lime's girlfriend's flat.
Rollo Martins, pulp writer, turns up to meet his old friend Harry only to find he's been killed in a car accident. Martins brushes against the police who have been after Lime for a while because of his racketeering and his slippery ways. To defend his friend and to put together some of the incongruities of the puzzle, Martins sets about his own investigation. While he forages for information, he finds that there was a third man at the scene of the accident who didn't seem to have been part of the witness statements in court.
Martins is a really wonderful character. He's flawed and loyal and can't help the rush of emotions breaking through the facade of the stiff-upper-lip he might be supposed to have. His main Achilles is women, which has taken him from one incident in life to another and sees him nervous about being anywhere, lest a face from his romantic past shows up. "I'm just a bad writer who drinks too much and falls in love with girls." It's that kind of B-movie, hard-boiled quote that was the icing on the cake.
The story does have tension and builds rather well. Greene throws in moments of sublime genius here and there, yet this isn't altogether top-notch writing.
To my mind, the biggest issue is of the narrator. Sure, he's unreliable and that's not a problem per se. What is a struggle is to have to make a shift from fictional fact to pure fiction within a sentence.
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No, I am sorry I did not realize it was an 'easy reader'. It was not the book I was expecting.
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The Third Man is a short novella that Greene wrote in preparation for a screenplay, the film of which is considered to be one of the greatest film noir movies ever made. I’ve never seen it, but the book was a fantastic stand-alone.
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The book I received was an "Easy Reader", intended for slower readers or ESOL students. I wasn't aware of this when I ordered it.
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So why doesn't it say somewhere on the web page that it's an 'easy reader'? Great idea if you want a book with limited vocabulary, but I LOVE Greene's prose, so I want the original.
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