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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 12 February 2013
As the earliest of Greene's great successes, 'Stamboul Train' definitely shows up some of the themes and some of the excellence for which the author became known - but in a slightly less polished version.

The book - covering an Orient Express journey from Ostende to Istanbul - and several characters including convicted revolutionaries, murderers, aspiring theatre dancers, businessmen, Cook travellers, lesbian journalists, etc. All of their stories intermingle between Cologne, Vienna, Subotica and Istanbul and while most of the characters are finely drawn, there are some shortcommings.

The author did not manage the same quality of research as in his later books, with the odd foreign language error, odd names for some of the non-British characters, false currency names, etc. The character of Dr. Czinner also lacks the clarity given to revolutionaries of the time in something like Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon.

While most of the loose ends are tied up rather neatly in the end, the book may still upset people used to clear endings but is otherwise not problematic in my opinion.

In spite of the mentioned points it is a well written, interesting character portrayal and a testament to a time of transition in Europe. If you are a Graham Greene fan, a must read in my opinion.
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on 4 August 2017
This is a classic Graham Greene, which gives a flavour of in-between-the-Wars travelling in Central Europe, with fairly stock characters.
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on 24 January 2018
I've read plenty of Graham Greene stories and this was one I hadn't read previously ... I'm still in the process of reading all of it
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on 9 November 2013
I gave this book 4 stars because it is quite gripping and thought provoking. It evokes the era between the wars very well and the use of the train as the setting allows Greene to have his characters, who are from very different backgrounds, meet up and interact. The characters are complex and interesting and some are more likeable than others. One thing which feels out of place now is the way he writes about the main Jewish character and his place in a society which still had a strong class system. As this would be authentic at the time of writing it places the novel even more firmly in it's own period. The story itself is clever and exciting, anyone who likes classic literature might enjoy this book
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on 22 January 2018
This was written for a film. Definitely not his best work.
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on 21 December 2017
Thank you.
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on 22 March 2017
A very clever book.
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on 20 September 2013
Graham Green - Stamboul Train: Was written in haste so not his best literary work but has his usual genius description of the dark side of human misery and guile. Like many books, it is a must when history repeats itself.
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on 26 January 2018
Classic Greene. Brilliant
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on 17 August 2017
Enjoyable read.
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