Brighton Rock: (Penguin Classic Deluxe Edition)

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Brighton Rock: (Penguin Classic Deluxe Edition) by Graham Greene

"Hale knew, before he had been in Brighton three hours, that they meant to murder him..."
Graham Greene's chilling exposé of violence and gang warfare in the pre-war underworld is a classic of its kind. Pinkie, a teenage gangster on the rise, is devoid of compassion or human feeling, despising weakness of both the spirit and the flesh. Responsible for the razor slashes that killed mob boss Kite and also for the death of Hale, a reporter who threatened the livelihood of the mob, Pinkie is the embodiment of calculated evil. As a Catholic, however, Pinkie is convinced that his retribution does not lie in human hands. He is therefore not prepared for Ida Arnold, Hale's avenging angel. Ida, whose allegiance is with life, the here and now, has her own ideas about the circumstances surrounding Hale's death. For the sheer joy of it, she takes up the challenge of bringing the infernal Pinkie to an earthly kind of justice.
This Penguin Classics Deluxe edition features an introduction by J. M. Coetzee.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142437971
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/2004
Series: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition Series
Edition description: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 156,929
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Graham Greene (1904-1991), whose long life nearly spanned the length of the twentieth century, was one of its greatest novelists. Educated at Berkhamsted School and Balliol College, Oxford, he started his career as a sub-editor of The Times of London. He began to attract notice as a novelist with his fourth book, Orient Express, in 1932. In 1935, he trekked across northern Liberia, his first experience in Africa, recounted in A Journey Without Maps (1936). He converted to Catholicism in 1926, an edifying decision, and reported on religious persecution in Mexico in 1938 in The Lawless Roads, which served as a background for his famous The Power and the Glory, one of several “Catholic” novels (Brighton Rock, The Heart of the Matter, The End of the Affair). During the war he worked for the British secret service in Sierra Leone; afterward, he began wide-ranging travels as a journalist, which were reflected in novels such as The Quiet American, Our Man in Havana, The Comedians, Travels with My Aunt, The Honorary Consul, The Human Factor, Monsignor Quixote, and The Captain and the Enemy. In addition to his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, two books of autobiography—A Sort of Life and Ways of Escape—two biographies, and four books for children. He also contributed hundreds of essays and film and book reviews to The Spectator and other journals, many of which appear in the late collection Reflections. Most of his novels have been filmed, including The Third Man, which the author first wrote as a film treatment. Graham Greene was named Companion of Honour and received the Order of Merit among numerous other awards.

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, on February 9, 1940, John Michael Coetzee studied first at Cape Town and later at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a Ph.D. degree in literature. In 1972 he returned to South Africa and joined the faculty of the University of Cape Town. His works of fiction include Dusklands, Waiting for the Barbarians, which won South Africa’s highest literary honor, the Central News Agency Literary Award, and the Life and Times of Michael K., for which Coetzee was awarded his first Booker Prize in 1983. He has also published a memoir, Boyhood: Scenes From a Provincial Life, and several essays collections. He has won many other literary prizes including the Lannan Award for Fiction, the Jerusalem Prize and The Irish Times International Fiction Prize. In 1999 he again won Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize for Disgrace, becoming the first author to win the award twice in its 31-year history. In 2003, Coetzee was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Date of Birth:

October 2, 1904

Date of Death:

April 3, 1991

Place of Birth:

Berkhamsted, England

Place of Death:

Vevey, Switzerland


Balliol College, Oxford

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“Here the probing is carried further in a brilliant and uncompromising indictment of some of the worst aspects of modern civilization, showing us the hard-boiled criminal mind not as a return to savagery but as a horrible perversion of cerebration.”—The New York Times

Why does this bleak, seething and anarchic novel still resonate? Its energy and power is that of the rebellious adolescent, foreshadowing the rise of the cult of youth in the latter part of the 20th century.”The Guardian

“[Greene] believed his coldness vital for his art - 'There is,' he affirmed, 'a splinter of ice in the heart of a writer'.”—John Carey

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Brighton Rock 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
TerrapinJetta on LibraryThing 6 days ago
I love Graham Greene. His style is amazing and his stories are gripping. I just couldn't put this down, although I did prefer Our Man in Havanna.
john257hopper on LibraryThing 6 days ago
A very good novel. The Boy is one of the most chilling characters in 20th century English literature, a terrifyingly amoral youngster. Rose, the leading female, is rather wet and difficult to sympathise with from a modern viewpoint because of her extreme naivety. There are some contemporary cultural references that are difficult to follow, but the plot is gripping enough and the ending quite shocking.Can anyone shed any light on the photograph on the front cover of my edition, which I have uploaded here? It's obviously not from what seems to be the only dramatisation of it on film (or TV), the classic 1947 version starring Richard Ateenborough. The back cover only says who took the photo. Any ideas?
TimFootman on LibraryThing 6 days ago
Good, obviously. But (and this may annoy a few people) not as good as the film.
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miscliss More than 1 year ago
I am enjoying the book, but the downloaded version has some layout issues. There are random numbers strewn about and some of the sentences are incomplete which takes away from the flow of the story. Obvioulsy, not the writer's fault!
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Jon_B More than 1 year ago
Graham Green takes us back to the quaint seaside resort town of Brighton as he knew it in the early 1930's, a colorful town known for it's hard sugary candy (the "Brighton Rock" of the title) and colorful locals. The novel follows the young Pinkie Brown as he sets out to make a name for himself as an entrepreneur, selling tickets to watch horse races, learning from the chief businessman of the area, and even finding love along the way! Read this book now if you want to escape from the dreariness and crime and grit of modern life, and escape through Greene's rose-tinted glasses to a gentler age that we've long since left behind.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently revisited 'Brighton Rock' several years after a rather unmemorable undergraduate reading, but this time I was simply entranced. Greene paints the character of Pinkie with broad strokes of a melodrama that never seems forced, symbolism that is omnipresent but quite powerfully drawn. A masterpiece!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in hopes of discovering the mystery of it's character Pinkie who seemed to be a famous fictional person that I had heard metioned somewhere. So, I read it, but I think that I will never truly understand him. However, I think it was worth reading because this is the only book of Graham Greene's that I've read. I may not completely ever understand it but it gives me something to think about. There are different ways at looking at the story, and that's why I think others should read it. Sometimes its your own reactions that gets you thinking, and wondering why you reacted to it that way.