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The End Of The Affair (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 7 Oct 2004
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This is a novel which is so realistic, so full of pain and rage, that you almost want to turn away from the page. Indeed, Bendrix is very much an anti-hero, full of unlikeable traits. He loves Sarah and longs for her to call him, but, when she is with him, he immediately wants to start a row with her. He is selfish, unkind, hurtful and yet, what saves him as a character, is that he knows he is behaving badly. He is all too aware of how unfair he is and how desperately he loves Sarah. Henry Miles is an important, successful Civil Servant, who cares for Sarah, but the couple have long lost the romantic side of their marriage. However, Bendrix is unaware of the real reasons why Sarah left him and his attempt to discover the truth will lead to disaster.
Although this sounds a very depressing and dark novel, it has some tragic-comic moments; most notably in the character of the private detective, Parvis, and ‘his boy,’ Lance. The novel also delves into some huge, and important themes; the destructiveness of jealousy, the strange, reciprocal relationship, that grows between Henry and Bendrix, religion, vows and success. Through it all, Graham Greene lays bare his characters, and, through them, himself, with painful clarity. You cannot read this and not be moved.
Who would think of writing a love story as a diary of hate? Who could make a story of hate into an evidence for the exitence of God?
I don't want to say much more because I might spoil it for those who have never had the pleasure. If you've never read this, I envy you!
PS: Beware the intro to the kindle addition, which you should read later. It could give too much away...
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The initial period with Maurice Bendrix was interesting enough as an insight into the inner workings of a narcissistic middle aged...Read more