The Man Within My Head

The Man Within My Head

by Pico Iyer
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The Man Within My Head by Pico Iyer

We all carry people inside our heads—actors, leaders, writers, people out of history or fiction, met or unmet, who sometimes seem closer to us than people we know.
In The Man Within My Head, Pico Iyer sets out to unravel the mysterious closeness he has always felt with the English writer Graham Greene; he examines Greene’s obsessions, his elusiveness, his penchant for mystery. Iyer follows Greene’s trail from his first novel, The Man Within, to such later classics as The Quiet American and begins to unpack all he has in common with Greene: an English public school education, a lifelong restlessness and refusal to make a home anywhere, a fascination with the complications of faith. The deeper Iyer plunges into their haunted kinship, the more he begins to wonder whether the man within his head is not Greene but his own father, or perhaps some more shadowy aspect of himself.
Drawing upon experiences across the globe, from Cuba to Bhutan, and moving, as Greene would, from Sri Lanka in war to intimate moments of introspection; trying to make sense of his own past, commuting between the cloisters of a fifteenth-century boarding school and California in the 1960s, one of our most resourceful explorers of crossing cultures gives us his most personal and revelatory book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307957467
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,044,890
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Pico Iyer has written nonfiction books on globalism, Japan, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, and forgotten places, and novels on Revolutionary Cuba and Islamic mysticism. He regularly writes on literature for The New York Review of Books, on travel for the Financial Times, and on global culture and the news for Time, The New York Times, and magazines around the world.



Place of Birth:

Oxford, England, UK

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The Man Within My Head 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Graham Greene and of Pico Iyer, so I approached this book with a great deal of excitement. Iyer's insight into his own life and into Greene and other writers of note was fascinating. Also, Iyer's writing style is clear and accessible. I did feel that Iyer had to stretch to fit this concept into one book. In other words, parts of the book felt somewhat padded to gain length. I think this book is a must read for hard core travelers and for Graham Greene fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Iyer describes his idolization of Graham Greene as an author and human being. Iyer describes his lifelong reading and rereading of Greene novels through his prep-school days in England and in Santa Barbara where his father was a professor of humanities and Gandhi-influenced studies. The book reads well, although I was not terribly interested in the author's school days, but it primarily would result in reading more Graham Greene and the his biography by Norman Sherry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago