The Tenth Man
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The Tenth Man

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by Graham Greene
     
 

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During World War II a group of men is held prisoner by the Germans, who determine that three of them must die. This is the story of how one of those men trades his wealth for his life—and lives to pay for his act in utterly unexpected ways.

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During World War II a group of men is held prisoner by the Germans, who determine that three of them must die. This is the story of how one of those men trades his wealth for his life—and lives to pay for his act in utterly unexpected ways.

Editorial Reviews

Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
The surreal atmosphere of the prose, combined with its highly contrived plotting, serves to lend ''The Tenth Man'' a dreamlike quality. It is as if the ending inspired the story rather than the other way around, as if the narrator had fantasized the action just so as to arrive at the self-annihilating conclusion. -- New York Times
From the Publisher
"A masterpiece - tapped out in the lean, sharp-eyed prose that film work taught Greene to perfect." - Sunday Times

"A smoothly plotted psychological thriller."- Time

"All the Greene hallmarks are there: pace, ingenuity--profundities suggested but never insisted upon." - Penelope Lively

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671019099
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
87,152
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Graham Greene (1904-1991) worked as a journalist and critic, and was later employed by the Foreign Office. His many books include The Power and the Glory, The Third Man, Our Man in Havana, The Comedians and Travels with My Aunt. He is the subject of an acclaimed three-volume biography by Norman Sherry.

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 Tenth Man 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
DavidEB More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The language in the book is fairly simple and the plot is fairly easy to follow, yet it is a book that makes you think. You think about the value of a person's life. You wonder about how much you can believe what someone says. The book is mainly about a lawyer named Chavel who is imprisoned in a German jail. Three men out of the thirty prisoners are to be executed and their fate is decided by their drawing slips of paper. Chavel is one of the three men who draws a marked slip signifying he will be killed. In order to save his life he gives all of his money and possessions to a man named Janvier who agrees to die in Chavel's place so his family can live well after his death. Most of the book revolves around what happens after Chavel is released from prison. The book is full of surprises so I won't reveal anymore of the plot. What you think will happen does not always happen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This short 'entertainment' lacks the intensity of a major novel, but the tightly constructed plot makes this book worth the read. Graham Greene combines his fantastic prose with a few fantastic twists. What whould happen if you could trade all of your possesions for a second chance at life? Greene takes a stab at this very intiguing question, and throws in enough curveballs to keep you guessing until the end. True, the characters may be flat, but the story is vivid, creative, and well worth a look.