And since I like reading Graham Greene very much He's my favourite author , I planned on reading other books by him first, and I even forgot I had this one. Greene spent several pages talking about his friend Evelyn Waugh. There are none of the usual musings, descriptions of dwellings, friends and literary influences, which may transport the reader to the imaginary world of the past in which to observe the author and his or her development through history. He went to Vietnam numerous times. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions.
His was an enviable life for a novelist; he lived in and visited many in My Vintage Classics copy from the library states on the jacket: 'Inspiring. Signed by Greene on the title page. I don't really think I'd have called this an autobiography. He is so critical of his own work he could almost be accused of false modesty. Therefore, I have resolved to read another genre, that is, his spy fiction backed up by his memoir. Alongside viewing Man For All Seasons at party, this was a time when I finally decided how I wanted to live.
Greene regards similar impulses here. A lot has been written and said about the great, great Graham Greene, including those voluminous biographies by Norman Sherry but this, at a little more than 300 pages, is such a thoughtful, witty and candid book, not least because it features the man himself, opening up and narrating succinctly about his titular 'ways of escape', not escape from humdrum monotony but rather from the inherent anxiety and disillusionment of his life. He also enjoyed his whisky and more than the occasional opium pipe! Much like his fascination with Russian Roulette during his teen years, he exposed himself to situations where death could come randomly, but like the miracle portrayed in his classic The End of the Affair, God seems to have saved him for a higher purpose, that of revealing his learning to us in gripping novels coming out of those experiences. Binding is tight, spine fully intact. At times it felt like I had three pairs of eyes, as sporadically I could also feel Greene in my head gazing outward upon himself. With a play he could go on making changes to the text based on the audiences reactions.
Spine topedge with crease, beginning page toning. His wit, his intelligence and his compassion blaze across every page. Vietnam in the fifties sounded exciting a Laughed out loud to the last sentence in this book. Graham Greene was a member of the Order of Merit and a Companion of Honour. Above all I had not realized that the act of creation, as with the novel, would continue for long after the first draft of the play was completed, that it would extend through rehearsals and the opening weeks of the tour. If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit I also have a Facebook blogger page at:. A diagnosed bipolar he was deliberately putting himself into harm's way and didn't succeed.
His parents sent him to an analyst in London who recommended he try writing as therapy. My Vintage Classics copy from the library states on the jacket: 'Inspiring. With ironic delight he recalls his time in the British Secret Service in Africa, and his brief involvement in Hollywood. I had not anticipated the warmth, the amusement, the comradeship of the theatre. His time was full of wars and disruptions. The rest were remaindered as unbound gatherings of signatures and later issued by a book dealer in a cheap green cloth. I really enjoyed finding out the background to many of his famous novels.
Greene once heard from a taxi driver in the Caribbean, who described a body he had seen lifted from the sea. In the meantime, I vaguely recall reading a scene depicting the protagonist who, on the run, sits somewhere and watches a swarm of flies on the floor. The world was in turmoil and so was the human sense of psychological well-being. Vietnam in the fifties sounded exciting and how he got his ideas simply fascinating. A fascinating and adventurous literary autobiography part two told with wit and insight.
We have leaders who rule by manipulating fears instead of with compassion and wisdom. Near Fine in Fine dust jacket. Did he have to travel that much? This Canadian edition is the correct first publisher Louise Dennys is Greene's niece. Graham Greene reminisces on his career as a writer. We have leaders who rule by manipulating fears instead of with compassion and wisdom. He also, through his sometimes too honest writing, irritated dictators who banned him from traveling to their country.
There is too much hobnobbing with illustrious and often notorious heads of state. In my opinion, the strain of just living for too many people is becoming perilously too difficult. Because I have only read one of Graham Greene's novels there are many references he makes that I have absolutely no knowledge of. A book, then, largely for longtime, passionate readers of Greene's novels--who will learn here how he now rates each book, what real-life circumstances did or didn't lie behind the fiction, how Greene differs with his critics, which books came easy and which were all torture. A fascinating book combining autobiography, a chronological ordering of the books Greene has written, what he thinks of them now, what compelled him to write them, his travels, his youth, his passions and loss of passion for Africa. However, A Sort of Life was genuine autobiography where this was a story behind the stories book. Fine in fine green cloth slipcase.