6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating depiction of the seedier side of Brighton,
This review is from: Brighton Rock (Vintage classics) (Paperback)
Brighton Rock has gained a certain notoriety almost beyond people being very familiar with the storyline itself - many approaching it due to its connection with Brighton than due to a familiarity with Graham Greene. Its interest, and powerful documentation of a seedy 'underworld' - the 'shabby secret behind the bright corsage' - is emphasised in the fact a second film adaptation is currently being filmed.
The first time I read Brighton Rock, I was quite confused - as another reviewer has said, Hale is introduced to the reader seemingly as a central character only to fade away fairly soon after the opening - a very intriguing way of introducing the story. Pinkie is chillingly calm and calculating, and his pairing with Rose only serves to emphasise this. Some of the Catholic undertones were lost to me on first reading, but at whatever level, whether for its murder story or simply for its fascinating depiction of a run-down Brighton behind the bright facade, it's well worth picking up.