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Travels With My Aunt (Vintage Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Graham Greene
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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" (The Times)

"The most ingenious, inventive and exciting of our novelists - V S Pritchett, The Times"

"Funny and bizarre... This is a Greene with the lightest touches" (Susan Hill The Lady)

"No serious writer of [the twentith century] has more thoroughly invaded and shaped the public imagination than Graham Greene - Time "

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A witty, inventive read with anyone for a passion for travel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 446 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0140185011
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (2 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044XV5QC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,611 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surely a masterpiece. 9 April 2008
Format:Paperback
Henry Pulling is a recently retired bank manager. He was offered an arrangement after many years of devoted service when his bank was taken over by another. He is looking forward to spending more time with the dahlias that are his pride and joy, and also rubbing shoulders with his former customers in Southwood, an unremarkable London suburb that seems to be populated entirely by retired officers from the armed forces. He mentions Omo quite a lot and is vaguely embarrassed by the fact that he shares initials with a well known brand of sauce. And then he meets his long lost aunt, Augusta Bertram.

Henry's mother has just died. His father died forty years before. He never really knew the father and his relationship with his mother was perennially tense. After the funeral, Agatha takes him on one side and calmly informs him that his father was something of a rogue and that his "mother" was really his step-mother, his true biological mother being one of his father's bits on the side. Henry Pulling finds himself attracted to his aunt, not because she is something of an eccentric, unpredictable old bird, but also because she retains, somewhere, the secret of his own origins. When she suggests they travel together, he eagerly accompanies, despite the fact that he has never been one for straying far from the nest.

Graham Greene has Henry and Aunt Augusta travel as far afield as Brighton, Istanbul and South America. Together, via stories from Aunt Agatha's past, they relive the first half of the twentieth century, from late Victorian roots to 1960s drug culture, from fascism to dictators, from war to peace. Throughout, Henry Pulling comes across as a genial, predictable gent in his late fifties, whilst Aunt Agatha seems to be a confirmed member of Hell's Grannies.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greene Great 15 May 2004
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Wow. It's sat on the bookshelf for an age, along with half a dozen other Greene novels, without ever rising to the top of the pile. And then, I pick up the wonderful Our Man in Havana for a long journey and I'm hooked. I wasn't sure what to expect of Travels With My Aunt - it's a familiar title, but I'm not aware of a film or TV adaptation (either of which would be a real treat) and expected if anything a semi-autobiographical tale. Not sure of the background, but I know a top book when I read one, and I'd recommend this to anyone. Everyone. It's a great read. Travel writing in the sixties still had a mysterious romance about it (as anyone who's read Ian Fleming's Bond books will testify) but this is more than travel writing, a great plot, wonderful characters and superb storytelling all wrapped up in 264 enchanting pages. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's never too late... 15 Mar 2009
By Gregory S. Buzwell TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Humour is always present in Greene's novels, it's just that usually the comedy is buried beneath a bleak pile of despair, guilt and angst. With Greene there is laughter but it's very much laughter in the dark: the gallows humour of the man who trips on his way to the scaffold. In Travels with My Aunt however the humour steps out of the shadows and takes centre stage with the result that this is, perhaps, the most likeable and purely enjoyable all the novels Greene wrote.

Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager who lives - if that's the word - an eye-wateringly dull life, meets his Aunt Augusta for the first time in fifty years at his mother's funeral. Henry is initially wary of his charismatic aunt but gradually he falls into step beside her and the pair travel to Brighton, Paris, Istanbul and, finally, South America. From his dry little life of dahlias and retired army majors Henry finds himself propelled into a world of CIA agents, hippies, dubious businessmen, elderly Casanovas, suspect priests and quaint old dears who read uncannily accurate forecasts about future events from tealeaves. After a dull suburban existence Henry finds himself finally engaging with the very stuff of life rather than merely watching from the sidelines as it passes him by. Henry is a brilliant comic character - wide-eyed and naive, continually surprised by his aunt's questionable friends and rather racy behaviour, but it is his aunt who steals the show: fabulously entertaining in a no-nonsense hands-on fashion, ready to engage with whatever life cares to push in her path Aunt Augusta is a fesity force of nature. As a lesson on the need to make the most of one's opportunities the book can hardly be bettered. The world is out there - go and find it....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 30 Oct 2008
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A decent read.Green can't resist going back to his favourite south america themes.The book's narrator,the main character is an interesting person.He is settled,enjoys the routine and rhthym of each day.He contemplates a union with an equally routine woman client from his bank manger days.His Aunt is diametrically opposite,always on the fringes of the law and taking risks.The slight problem for me is that the aunt is actually a bit of a bore in her unrelenting misbehaviour.She lacks a depth of emotions.As the story progresses her exploits become more extreme and she becomes a little unbelievable.His persona becomes a little lost and corrupted as the story continues.
Other characters are interesting during travels abroad.Something in the way green tells a story and brings colour into the narrative through his peripheral players in the book,keeps you turning the page.
A good read,but would have been better if aunt had been written in a more vulnerable way at times to compliment the know it all attitude,and pompus demeanor
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
This is a refreshingly optimistic book which gave me relaxation and pleasure.
I would recommend it to anyone who likes a quiet amusing read
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Jean Nicholls
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth writing to beat Hemingway or Steinbeck
I have never read a Graham Greene book, but am hooked.

His tight style makes every word count, taking the story forward at a pace, but with dignity.
Published 4 months ago by Geoffrey Rex Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Travels With My Aunt (Vintage Classics)
I spent most of the time laughing. The two main characters were chalk and cheese but melded so well together. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nightowl
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyable Read
Slightly quirky and a little quaint. Because it was written in the 1960's more manners between the characters than in newer books (it made it all the more enjoyable to me! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. C. H. O'reilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Travels with my Aunt
I have read this many times. I could be the aunt. I love naughty doings by people who should know better. I realised this time that a Dakota figures in the story. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Linda Bahnan
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisit
The simplicity of the story mixed with the vivid way Greene describes scenes and people and places make this book a true joy to read. Read more
Published 6 months ago by sheila
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much going on makes this novel lose shape
This started well. The staid nephew in suburban sixties London, introduced as a retired bank manager with a passion (if you can describe a lukewarm enthusiasm as passion) for... Read more
Published 7 months ago by "Belgo Geordie"
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Tried the sample and couldn't wait to download and read this enchanting novel. Relaxing amusing and an all round good wholesome read.
Published 8 months ago by Reve Q
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
Vintage Graham Greene. Two down, many more wonderful books to come. Wonder which one I'll choose next...? Can't wait to find out!
Published 9 months ago by Steve Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrills with Aunt Augusta.
This is,in fact, a present; for someone who hasn't read it ?
I've loved this 'entertainment' for most of my Adult life.
Published 9 months ago by Paul Hutchinson
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