The Third Man was written by Greene with a film production in mind but this in no way affects the story as presented in written form and surprisingly little was changed as Korda transfered the story to film. Even more interesting are the other short stories here, several tales set in Antibes bring an exotic flavour and the adult themes explored are typical of Greene's other, longer works. Characters include a child crime witness, a seducing homosexual couple who target a newly married man, a victim of an obsessive old flame and a dog leading a double life. Wonderful vignettes of eccentric yet all too real characters. The format is, as ever, in this series a beautifully bound, gilt-edged, ribbon markered, pocket-sized volume, a treat to handle. The kindle may change our reading habits but it is books like this that will ensure the paper format will continue to prosper.
This edition of The Third Man and other stories is part of a collection of classic and important works by a variety of writers in similarly bound editions. It is well bound, stands attractively on a shelf and is very useful if you are looking to deepen your appreciation of the film - particularly if you have the dvd edition that contains the documentary about the film's background.
Collector's Library items are always worth tracking down at this price. You probably own The Third Man in another edition anyway but this is worth purchasing for the dozen short stories this contains that you are less likely to know, as well as the usual companion piece The Fallen Idol.
This story stands the test of time and is a fine example of the style and observational skills that keep Greene's place in the company of all the best authors since. This series are beautifully produced at reasonable price and remind us how such volumes still offer that extra pleasure unmatched by electronic books.