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4.0 out of 5 stars Four experimental, evocative stories from a great writer, 28 Feb 2001
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This review is from: A Sense Of Reality (Vintage Classics) (Paperback)
Graham Greene, though a prolific writer, was not complacent and in these four stories he tries his hand at a more expressionist kind of writing than that with which readers of his realistic novels will be familar. He loses none of his sense of structure, of narrative or of character, however, and the results are compelling. 'Under the Garden' is a reminiscence from childhood which the narrator knows to be impossible, but which he maintains happened to him. It is eerie, grotesque and elegaic by turns. 'A Visit to the Morin' touches on more familiar themes, an encounter with a reclusive writer whose meditations on love, success and faith recall Querry in 'A Burnt Out Case'. 'Journey to a Strange Land' tells a story which is entirely credible yet genuinely strange. Its contrast between rich and poor, powerful and powerless in a Latin American dictatorship prefigures the work of Louis de Bernieres. Most memorable of all is the final story, 'Discovery in the Woods', which might seem a little dated now but brings home the potential consequences of the Cold War more powerfully than anything else I have read on the subject.
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