The End of The Affair

The End of The Affair

by Graham Greene

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ISBN-13: 9780573018862
Publisher: Samuel French Ltd
Publication date: 06/18/2015
Pages: 78
Sales rank: 561,308
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.16(d)

About the Author

Graham Greene (1904-1991) was an English novelist and author regarded by some as one of the great writers of the 20th century. Combining literary acclaim with widespread popularity, Greene acquired a reputation early in his lifetime as a major writer, both of serious Catholic novels, and of thrillers (or "entertainments" as he termed them). He was shortlisted, in 1967, for the Nobel Prize for Literature. His best-known works include The Power and the Glory, The End of the Affair, and The Third Man.

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 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 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.
TerrapinJetta on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Absolutely exceptional writing. Only graham greene can keep that tight, sparse, exciting language and tackle such enormous issues on so many levels, and this book does it best of all. A psychological thriller for atheists.
gwendolyndawson on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Greene's prose is so insightful and yet easy to read. He packs so many worthwhile ideas into his concise prose (e.g., without desire, there is no jealousy). This novel captures the angst of an affair while also capturing the complexities of the characters involved and of the relationships among all three members of the love triangle (two male friends and the object of their shared desire). Truly masterful. Not a perfect 10 because I think the ending lags a bit, but almost a perfect 10.
Clurb on LibraryThing 29 days ago
One of my favourite Greene's and one that I could happily reread for ever. Makes me feel warm and sentimental.
Arctic-Stranger on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Four words: The Affair is metaphysical. Please, please, please do not judge this book by the movie. This book changed my life, in many ways.
kevinyezbick on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Marcel Bendrix first met Sarah Miles while interviewing her husband Henry for the purposes of researching a civil servant character in his forthcoming novel. A dinner interview between the two leads to intimate indiscretions and an affair is soon born. It is some seven years later when a chance encounter in the street leads Bendrix back into the Miles' daily lives after a two year hiatus. Henry has grown suspicious of his wife's frequent disappearances, and is considering hiring a private investigator. Ultimately he backs out, but Bendrix, obsessed enough by the affair that ended so abruptly just three years prior, takes on the investigator himself. When the sleuth Parkis presents Sarah's journal, Bendrix is forced to reconcile his machinations for the inevitable end with Sarah's own writings."The End of the Affair" is a novel that ultimately treads along questions of faith: in others as well as in God. Set in World War II England and suffused with jealousy, obsession, love and hate, the affair will grip you until its end.
roblong on LibraryThing 29 days ago
A wonderful novel, my favourite of Greene¿s. It does have its flaws (Parkis, in particular, doesn¿t really ring true), but the intensity of the affair and the intrusion of the possibility of God into it are handled with the power and sincerity of a man who had been through these things himself ¿ as Greene had. Sarah, torn between Catholicism and the ¿ordinary, corrupt human love¿ she has ¿ and prefers ¿ with Bendrix, is complimented perfectly by his bubbling resentment and hatred (or, at least, what he wants to be hatred) for how life has turned against him.
miketroll on LibraryThing 29 days ago
This downbeat eternal triangle story amply reflects the dreariness of wartime and post-war London, in which it is set. With a big serving of Greene's God-bothering musings thrown in, it may have you reaching for the anti-depressants.
Anonymous 11 months ago
While it took a bit to get into the groove of the story, once I did i couldn't stop thinking or talking about it. Rarely have I ever felt real emotions toward characters as i did for Bendrix and Sarah. I disliked Bendrix with a passion, almost bordering on hate, until the very last pages. At first Sarah came off as flippant, a user of men and disrespecting her marriage, until I read her journal and experienced the events from her perspective, only to to celebrate her in the end as some did. Every character has a purpose, and completes the themes Greene writes about. How people view and experience love or hate, if and how they regard religion and practice their specific faith. This isn't a quick and light beach read, or the next YA crossover. It is just a great book that leaves the reader asking themselves very personal questions about their beliefs and the opportunity to feel uncomfortable emotions.
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