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The Heart Of The Matter by [Greene, Graham]
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"The most ingenious, inventive and exciting of our novelists, rich in exactly etched and moving portraits of real human beings" (V. S. Pritchett The Times)

"Greene was a master of characterisation and this book is no exception" (Independent on Sunday)

"In a class by himself - the ultimate chronicler of twentieth-century man's consciousness and anxiety" (William Golding Independent)

"A superb storyteller with a gift for provoking controversy" (New York Times)

"Greene had the sharpest eyes for trouble, the finest nose for human weaknesses, and was pitilessly honest in his observations... For experience of a whole century he was the man within" (Norman Sherry Independent)

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'The most ingenious, inventive and exciting of our novelists, rich in exactly etched and moving portraits of real human beings.' (The Times)

'Greene was a master of characterisation and this book is no exception.' (The Independent on Sunday)

'In a class by himself – the ultimate chronicler of twentieth-century man's consciousness and anxiety.' (The Independent)

'A superb storyteller with a gift for provoking controversy.' (The New York Times)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1388 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (2 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099478420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099478423
  • ASIN: B0044XV5UI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,224 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A classic.One of the best novels of the twentieth century.Writing that conjured up true emotion and the feeling of being there.
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This was one of the choices for our book club, I'm not really a fan of Graham Green and this is not one of his best.
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Graham Greene at his best
I read most or all of his work but this a top, and a must
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It is widely considered Greene's best. Some 65 years since publication, new readers confronted with so much Catholic fear and agony may, give up on it. But it is also a surprisingly easy to read account of a failed marriage after the death of a child, in a 24/7 stifling, socially-suffocating environment in West Africa.
Its venue is Freetown, Sierra Leone (SL) during WW II. Mostly hot and humid, with the occasional big rat in the bathroom, hungry ant colonies in the kitchen, malarial mosquitoes attacking after sundown. Class-based differences among British colonial staff cause a poisonous climate rife with gossip. German submarines endanger shipping routes. Syrian traders are suspected of diamond smuggling and dealing with the enemy. At nightfall the harbour is closed and a total black-out is enforced.
This book's sad hero Henry Scobie, SL's Deputy Police Commissioner, has spent 15 years in SL. And been married for 14 years with Louise. They are a devoutly Catholic couple. Early on the reader learns that Scobie has been passed over for promotion. Why? Plenty of gossip and rumour, but Louise could be the main reason: Scobie loves his job and feels himself at home in SL, but Louise is seen as a snob. Unlike other wives, she has no war-time job. She thinks she is hated by everyone who matters, resents her husband's poor salary and contentment with his job, his failure to progress to the top and the poor living quarters assigned to them since their last leave.
In what follows, corruption is one of the many themes Greene probes. This review is an introduction to the first 50 pages of one of the greatest books written in the 20th century. Follow Wilson, who is a spy sent from London and Scobie's run of disastrous moral choices. The pair may symbolize Graham Greene's own struggle with his own espionage job and Catholicism. Highly recommended.
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...if one reached what they called the heart of the matter?"

This novel's setting, at least geographically, a remote colonial backwater in British West Africa, is far removed from what most would consider "the heart of the matter." Yet Graham Greene uses the locale as the setting to explore despair, even the "ultimate despair" for which the Catholic Church grants no forgiveness, as well as failure, in the human heart. My copy of this work, whose cover I posted, a brilliant black and white photograph of a tropical deluge in what appears to be a small village, helps convey the conditions that could result in that ultimate despair.

Greene is one of the best known and prolific English 20th century authors. The settings for many of his works were impoverished developing countries, as the current euphemism has it. At least some really did develop, like Vietnam The Quiet American: Centenary Celebration 2004 and Mexico The Power and the Glory (Vintage Classics). Several are still stagnant, Haiti The Comedians, Cuba Our Man in Havana (Vintage Classics) and this one, on West Africa, based on Greene's stay in Sierra Leone.

Henry Scobie is the main character, a ranking policeman, among a small British community, during World War II. His wife, Louise, is a devout Catholic (Henry is a convert, and does practice).
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looks good on display on the table
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I received only The Quiet American which is an excellent book. However, the caption implies that the book contains several of Greene's works so this is rather disappointing or maybe just badly phrased as ads go.
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