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England Made Me

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  597 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Anthony Farrant has always found his way, lying to get jobs and borrowing money to get by when he leaves them in a hurry. His twin sister Kate persuades him to move and sets him up with a job as a bodyguard to Krogh, her lover and boss, an all-powerful Swedish financier. But Farrant does have a sense of decency. When Krogh gives orders that offend him, he leaks information ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 1st 1992 by Penguin Classics (first published 1935)
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Dfordoom
The most memorable characters in Graham Greene’s 1935 novel England Made Me are, as always, the failures. Anthony Farrant has been fired from jobs everywhere from Aden to Shanghai. He has been black-balled from countless clubs in countless in countless cities. Anthony Farrant, in his one good suit, his Harrow tie (a lie, of course), with his boyish charm and his charming lies. He’s not quite a crook, in fact he believes in most of his money-making schemes. As one employer put it, they had to get ...more
Helen
An enormous Swedish business concern is about to go global. Secretly, it is in dire straits. Erich Krogh, a cold, lonely, self-made man, is covering up some sleazy unethical financing that will be healed as long as the American deal goes through.

Sounds like it's ripped from today's headlines, doesn't it?

Kate Farrant, Krogh's British assistant, and lover, is an efficient, practical, intelligent young woman who loves her ne'er-do-well twin brother just a little too much. Anthony is charming and ha
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BrokenTune
No, no, no, no, no.
Just when I thought Greene had begun to find his stride as a writer and that The Heart of the Matter really was his worst book, England Made Me proves me wrong. There are some great passages - all mostly within the first 30 pages - and then it is downhill from there....plot-wise. Because the story became so boring that I still have problems recollecting what actually happened. And I only just finished the book.
On the positives: Whatever happened between 1934 and 1935, Greene
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Peter
If this book had been writen in the last few years with it's banking crisis and failing economies you could say that he was just merely jumping on the bandwagon but this was first published in 1935 and was the book that was said to have brought him to prominence within the literary community.

As with many of Greene's books he paints a moody scene but there is little action and all the characters are seen as flawed, damaged by public school life.The book is basically about the decline of a conman,
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Dan Pecchenino
This is probably the weirdest Graham Greene book I've read. He experiments with shifting points of view and cubistic description in ways that, along with the novel's incestuous themes, make me think Greene must have read a little Faulkner (AS I LAY DYING and THE SOUND AND THE FURY) before writing this. There are some passages of gorgeous sadness that are up there with the best of Greene's work. His depiction of Anthony Farrant and Loo's lovemaking is one such moment. On the whole though, this is ...more
Patrick McCoy
England Made Me (1935) is one of the last novels by Graham Greene on my list to read. I had expected it to take place in England given the title, but was surprised to find it take place in Stockholm, Sweden. This is where the never-do-well Anthony Farrant has landed after his latest failure in Aden (in Yemen), where his twin sister, Kate, works for millionaire businessman Erik Krough. She also serves as his mistress. Anthony Farrat is a charming failure with the gift of the gab who is prone to o ...more
John
"The Shipwrecked" is about a very big business that gets overextended, and the attempts of its owner to cover his tracks regardless of who gets hurt. If it had been written last year, the business would have been involved in subprime mortgages.
It's also about twins -- a brother and sister -- who have grown up and grown apart and what happens when they get back together.
It's probably the best book I've ever read that was set in Stockholm, Sweden.
As with seemingly all of Graham Greene's novels, m
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Axel Ainglish
It is a splendid book.And more if You think it was his first work. Sensitive and with plenty of beauty in the scenaries and well depicted main characters. A story of love and friendship settled in the old days (meaning e.g. the fifties)where ethics intervene reassuring the reader about how things must be. Highly recommendable for all sort of people. Is not easy not to be moved by a so touching story and way of writing. One would like to be as the main character.Although appearing this one as a b ...more
Booklovers Melbourne
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Other than Brighton Rock, whilst at school, (in Brighton, coincidentally) I had never read any of Greene's work until I came across a handful of his novels for sale in Penguin format a few weeks ago.

First published in 1935, England Made Me, also published as "The Shipwrecked", was one of Greene's earlier works. It revolves around the relationship between Anthony Farrant and his twin sister Kate.

Anthony is a wastrel. A lost soul of middl
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John McCaffrey
Continuing my Graham Greene journey has led me to this novel. Set in Sweden, but all about the English fascination with societal division, Greene puts forth two main characters, twins, brother and sister, who fall under the golden hand of a tycoon who has lost connection with the working class that sprung him. Dark, at times depressing in its cynicism, but also realistic in its depiction of limitations in people no matter the heights they soar.
Kingfan30
I really don't know what to say about this book. I never really got into the story and still can't really tell you what it was all about. I have no idea what Krogh was involved in, I think I must have drifted off at some point and missed something. None of the characters were particularly likeable and some seemed to come and go without any point to them. At least it was a short read and hey its another one ticked off the list.
Jennifer
As a character study, excellently done.
Great atmosphere and the style is special. Every word is exactly as it should be.
Women are not stereotypical women, caught in their time, but three-dimensional and not what the men want them to be.
It's about family.
And yet it is difficult to read, not easy and not very light. So it took me longer than expected. But I liked it, it just didn't blow me away.
Joseph Rice
interesting book by Greene, one of his earliest. stylistically, i did not expect this Joycean attempt at stream of consciousness, or whatever. once i got into the rhythm of the book, it was fine, but the first instance of it was jarring.

many of the reviewers have reviewed the plot, so i won't. i do, however, think the book is about unrequited love and its consequences for some people. the ending was not expected, although there were plenty of foreshadowings in the pages preceding the final chapt
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Kim
"England Made Me" is a novel by Graham Greene first published in 1935, it was republished as" The Shipwrecked" in 1953. I'm not sure why it was originally titled "England Made Me", and I have absolutely no idea why it was republished with the title "The Shipwrecked". Maybe if it had taken place in England or on a ship or a deserted island I'd get it, but it wasn't at any of these places, it took place in Stockholm, Sweden.

Now I have to figure out if I liked the book and the answer is, I don't kn
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SlowRain
Anthony, a habitual down-on-his-luck wanderer, is persuaded by his twin sister to move to Sweden and accept a job working for her wealthy employer, which he accepts. However, questionable as his character is, there are some things that even Anthony just won't be a part of.

While this was an earlier novel by Graham Greene, he had already found his voice by the time it was written. The narrative is smooth and thoughtful, and the characters are well-developed for the most part. It's not a thriller i
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Chloe
Feb 18, 2009 Chloe rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Diehard Greene fans
Shelves: 1001-list, fiction
The ties to one's homeland and the myriad different perceptions of "home" form the theme of this early Graham Greene novel. Anthony Farrant is a ne'er-do-well who has left a string of abandoned jobs and broken relationships behind him as he has worked his way around the globe. When his mistress leaves him and he's sacked from his job once more, his twin sister Kate shows up to whisk him away to Stockholm where she serves as the secretary/mistress of Krogh, a powerful titan of industry who is eng ...more
Raj
Anthony Farrant is a loner who jumps from country to country getting and being fired from jobs. His twin sister Kate gets him a job as a bodyguard to her lover, a rich Swedish industrialist which goes okay until Farrant discovers something about his new boss that offends his sense of decency.

I really didn't get this novel. None of the characters were particularly likeable, it wandered a lot and didn't hold my attention particularly well. I think this may be because it was particularly character-
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Russio
The blurb calls it - not the best Greene but one with some splendid use of metaphor. Spot on really. An incestuous seeming pair of twins tied up in some intrigue in Stockholm - a little "Third Man"-esque in places,lots of unattributed overlapping speech and narrative musings from any character given the lead in a particular chapter. At its best with the main protagonist Anthony in the lead.

It dwells on relativity - not in an Einstein sense but in the senseof how people obsess about their own ra
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Calzean
An early Greene novel but one that has aged well. The way Greene gets to the soul of his characters is simply enjoyable.

The story of twins - Kate has stamina, loyalty and a desire to be associated with power and money, her brother Anthony has the desire for money but is a selfish conman who cannot hold a job. Kate introduces her brother to Krogh, her employer and lover, who is also the richest man in Europe. Anthony and Krogh hit it off - they have lots in common - they are both care little abou
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Kevin
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Kirsten
Very good. I can see the same approaches, character types and stylistic tones coming out in this as in Brighton Rock (the only other Greene I have read so far). Dark, lonely and desolate; I like the way the damp, the mist and the surrounding water in Stockholm infiltrates everything and enhances the novel's mood. It wasn't mind-blowingly excellent, but I loved the couple relationships: of the twin brother and sister, of Krogh and his old-friend-now-hired-muscle Hall, and that of Anna and Krogh. ...more
Justin Evans
When Green's great, he's amazing - as in The Power and the Glory. When he's bad, as in The Captain and the Enemy, he's utterly atrocious. I thought this closer to the second for most of the book, but then realized that I'd just been misled. The blurb made it sound like a potboiler (the blurb ends with an ellipses, for goodness' sake), and the characters' names make it read like a potboiler ('Krogh'? 'Minty'?). But it's not a potboiler. And it's been ruined for me forever now. But if you like gri ...more
Lucy
One of Greene's earlier works, he hadn't yet found a consistent style - he veers between cold, utilitarian, sparing prose and purple metaphor, with the odd foray into stream of consciousness. It's almost as if he was trying out various voices. The plot is similarly bitty - characters appear and then are forgotten for long chunks, when they reappear you have to think, hey, who was that? I didn't think he blended the sibling love element of the story with the dodgy finance element at all well. If ...more
Elizabeth
This novel follows the fates of English expatriates connected with a multinational Swedish-based corporation. The characters are well-drawn but none particularly appealing. The value of this book is in its social and political commentary rather than in its potential for escapism to say the least. Many of the observations on the nature of big business still seem trenchant, even though the overall setting is of a world that has passed away. This is my first novel by Greene; I suspect that it is no ...more
Jack Faulkner
Mar 15, 2009 Jack Faulkner is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
So far i'm enjoying this book, The main character reminds me of a couple of people. Its the whole wearing a school tie despite not having attended the school thing,Wearing a club or school tie for Kudos is something some people I know I can Imagine doing, Well I don't think its carries much currency these days.

Oh well Graham Greene is wonderful and although this isn't the Human Factor Greene's England is wonderful. And the Ubiquitous Erik Krogh is a mysterious Bruce Wayne chap. I like this book.
Tom
Anthony Farrant has always found his way, lying to get jobs and borrowing money to get by when he leaves them in a hurry. His twin sister Kate persuades him to move and sets him up with a job as a bodyguard to Krogh, her lover and boss, an all-powerful Swedish financier. But Farrant does have a sense of decency. When Krogh gives orders that offend him, he leaks information to Minty, a down-trodden journalist, with drastic results.
Steffi
This book is for people who appreciate subtle, clever literature. It's mostly about people socializing. There is obviously a moral message to the book, but I couldn't understand what it was... maybe about the fundamental innocence of people who do bad things... or the fundamental badness of people who do innocent things...
Katicat
Ein spannendes Buch mit interessante Charaktere. Faszinierend wie Skrupellosigkeit mit Unbeholfenheit Hand in Hand gehen.
Ein guter Porträt eines Menschen, der während der Wirtschaftskrise 1929 sich bereichert hat im Kontrast zum Gegenpart eines anderen der im Tag hineinlebt und gleichzeitig für die guten alten Werte eintritt.
Jeffrey
I picked this book up in a used book store because the summary on the back sounded interesting. Greene has a way with words and is a master in conveying a great deal of complexity in the relationships between his characters. This book is evidence that Greene's pre-World War II writing equals the quality of his post-war works.
Laura
This book was a bit... weird.

There is nostalgia, school boy bravado and an unusual brother/sister relationship, not to mention a crazy detached millionaire.

It's an interesting story and the plot is engaging enough.

Greene is enjoyable to read, but not one of my favourites
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Henry Graham Greene, OM, CH was an English novelist, short story writer, playwright, screenplay writer, travel writer and critic whose works explore the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world. Greene combined serious literary acclaim with wide popularity.

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