The End of the Affair (movie tie-in)

The End of the Affair (movie tie-in)

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by Graham Greene
     
 

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The novelist Maurice Bendrix's love affair with his friend's wife, Sarah, had begun in London during the Blitz. One day, inexplicably and without warning, Sarah had broken off the relationship. It seemed impossible that there could be a rival for her heart. Yet two years later, driven by obsessive jealousy and grief, Bendrix sends Pakris, a private detective, to

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The novelist Maurice Bendrix's love affair with his friend's wife, Sarah, had begun in London during the Blitz. One day, inexplicably and without warning, Sarah had broken off the relationship. It seemed impossible that there could be a rival for her heart. Yet two years later, driven by obsessive jealousy and grief, Bendrix sends Pakris, a private detective, to follow Sarah and find out the truth.

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To honor Greene's centennial, Penguin is reissuing these six titles in deluxe editions featuring new cover art, French flaps, and ragged paper at an affordable price. Very nice if you need some new copies. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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“One of the most true and moving novels of my time, in anybody’s language.”
—William Faulkner

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140291094
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.16(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"Undeniably a major work of art...It remains from first to last an almost faultless display of craftsmanship and a wonderfully assured statement of ideas." —The New Yorker

"Singularly moving and beautiful...the relationship of lover to husband with its crazy mutation of pity, hate, comradeship, jealousy, and contempt is superbly described...the heroine is consistently lovable." —Evelyn Waugh

"An absorbing piece of work, passionately felt and strikingly written." —The Atlantic Monthly

"Brighton Rock, The Heart of the Matter, and The End of the Affair...all have claims to greatness; they are as intense and penetrating and disturbing as an inquisitor's gaze." —John Updike

"Graham Greene was in class by himself.... He will be read and remembered as the ultimate twentieth-century chronicler of consciousness and anxiety." —William Golding

Meet the Author

Graham Greene (1904-1991) was a prolific novelist, short story writer, travel writer and children's book writer. Many of his novels and short stories have been successfully adapted to the movie screen, including The Third Man (directed by Orson Welles), The End of The Affair, and The Quiet American

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
October 2, 1904
Date of Death:
April 3, 1991
Place of Birth:
Berkhamsted, England
Place of Death:
Vevey, Switzerland
Education:
Balliol College, Oxford

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The End of the Affair 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the majority of this novel. The opening was slow, however, and Greene did not capture the reader's attention from the start. Some parts were very hard to follow, with new characters suddenly introduced without much of a background on them. On the other hand, there was great depth throughout the novel, with the contrasting views of religion and love versus hate. Bendrix and Sarah, the two lovers, had opposite views on God, Bendrix did not believe in God at all, and Sarah believed in him, and prayed to him frequently. There was also their love affair which was ruined by Bendrix's jealous behavior which eventually turned into a strong hate. Although parts of the novel were very slow and confusing, it is beautifully written (especially within Sarah's diary entries) and kept the reader entertained and wanting to find out more. Greene also gives new life to the world of love and the parallel of hate associated with it. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys reading British Literature.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Graham Greene's The End of The Affair becuase it was not simply a novel about an affiar and the split. Instead, it is a novel with a lot of depth, exploring the passions of love and hate, romantically and with God.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although to say so has become a cliche in book criticism, I was entranced by Graham Greene's 'The End of the Affair' from the first page. The voice of Maurice Bendrix is one of the more memorable in twentieth-century British fiction - erudite, poetic, horribly juvenile at times. This is the story of a doomed romance which Greene deftly steers away from Shakespearean melodrama and near-Dickensian tragedy. The story is richly, eloquently told, and this is a ferociously compact novel from one of England's greatest writers.
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This book was a bit confusing at the beginning, and was a slow read. It was also hard to understand at times becuase he kept switching from current to past. It is about Maurice Bendrix and Sarah Miles who fall in love, despite her husband Henry. Bendrix is writing a novel about their love affair, and the struggles he went through. Over all I thought that it was a good love story, and had a good theme of love vs. hate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The End of the Affair is a moving novel about love, loss, and the jealousy which every person undergoes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I certainly appreciated the contemporary exploration of faith and its attendant crises, to be perfectly frank I found this novel downright boring. I trudged apathetically through the thing, hardly able to bring myself to care about the plot or any of the characters (this from someone who has waded through the first 4 books of 'À la recherche du temps perdu'). I know perfectly brilliant folks who love Greene, but this book has caused me to have my own crisis of faith - in their literary taste. Well, at least Greene's novels are short.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading all these glowing comments, I recommended this book to my book club. I felt really bad about that because compared to the wonderful books we have been reading, this one really dragged on and on and I just wanted it to be over with! It was readable, but not one of my favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Euripides once said 'Never say that marriage has more of joy than pain.' This is true for The End of the Affair. Sarah Miles is married to Henry, a man she thinks she loves but at the same time isn't sure. When she meets Maurice Bendrix, she is drawn to him and so begins their affair. I read The End of the Affair in about three and a half hours. Now it wasn't a very long book, but I simply couldn't put it down. It's wonderful and I strongly reccomend it
Guest More than 1 year ago
Augustine of Hippo once remarked, speaking of God, that 'My heart is restless until it rests in thee.' The 'desert' that Sarah inhabits is a desert of longing, for Bendrix, or for something else? I first read this book in 1972, on my way to England, and I have read it twice since. It is thoughtful and disturbing. Thoughtful, which is why many who read it today find it boring; disturbing, because it takes you deeply into the heart, where love and lust are often confused, and then deposits you somewhere you didn't expect to be at all: smack in the presence of the divine. This is truly one of the finest books of the century.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best books i have ever read. it portrays longing and faith wonderfully. it is a work of art. i loved it so much i had to go out and buy it so i could read it again and again. though i found it beneficial to see the 1999 movie of the same name to get an even deeper understanding.