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In 'The Basement Room' a small boy witnesses an event that blights his whole life. Like the other stories in this book (written between 1929 and 1954), it hinges on the themes that dominate Graham Greene's novels—fear, pity and violence, pursuit, betrayal and man's restless search for salvation. Some of the stories are comic—poor Mr Maling's stomach mysteriously broadcasts all sorts of sounds; others are wryly sad—a youthful indiscretion catches up with Mr Carter in 'The Blue Film'. They can be ...
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Overview

In 'The Basement Room' a small boy witnesses an event that blights his whole life. Like the other stories in this book (written between 1929 and 1954), it hinges on the themes that dominate Graham Greene's novels—fear, pity and violence, pursuit, betrayal and man's restless search for salvation. Some of the stories are comic—poor Mr Maling's stomach mysteriously broadcasts all sorts of sounds; others are wryly sad—a youthful indiscretion catches up with Mr Carter in 'The Blue Film'. They can be deeply shocking: in 'The Destructors' a gang of children systematically destroys a man's house. Yet others are hauntingly tragic—a strange relationship between twins that reaches its climax at a children's party. Whatever the mood, each one is a compelling entertainment and unmistakably the work of one of the finest storytellers of the century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140185348
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Series: Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 808,907
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Greene
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
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    1. Also Known As:
      Henry Graham Greene (birth name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 2, 1904
    2. Place of Birth:
      Berkhamsted, England
    1. Date of Death:
      April 3, 1991
    2. Place of Death:
      Vevey, Switzerland

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  • Posted October 14, 2009

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    The Destructors

    Inside of this book there is a story titled The Destructors. This story is a great, original story that I really enjoyed. Even though it may be only 13 pages long it has an interesting plot and well-rounded characters. It is a thrilling story of harmless friends turned violent gang members. The story is set in 1950's England, after the bombing of thier city has occured. The children meet in a bombed parking lot beside an old-man's historic house. The old man is snappy towars the children and usually makes odd remarks towards then whenever they throw a ball at his house. But one day, when the old man leaves town for a bank holiday, one member of the gang rises from the ranks and takes charge to do a destructive deed, that will prove himself to his fellow members.
    After the deed is done and they do more than thought possible of a small child on a curfew, the old man sees what has happened and receives apathetic remarks from a witty lorry driver. After all that has happened Greene finds it within himself to throw a bit of inappropriate humor into the mix. Overall I think this book is a fantastic read, and a fast one at that. Only really took me a couple of hours on a Sunday to read, and I must say, it was worth it.

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