A Sort of Life
"Writing A Sort of Life...was in the nature of a psychoanalysis. I made a long journey through time, and I was one of my characters." - Graham Greene in conversation with Marie-Francoise Allain
More lists with this book...
This is Graham Greene's first memoir, the second being "Ways of Escape" (Vintage 2002), in which I enjoyed reading 40 years ago. I still like its paperback copy with brownish paper and hope to reread it as a tribute due to my respect after reading his excerpt from "The Power and the Glory" (chosen by TIME magazine in 2005 as one of the hundred best English novels since 1923: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Powe...) assigned to study in one of our literature courses in 1969; mysteriousl ...more
"As I write, it is as tho ...more
But I enjoyed the final chapt ...more
Here, Green covers his schooldays and his time at Oxford with surprising candour, even covering the time when he played Russian Roulette against himself to try to inject some excitement in to a life that seems fascinati ...more
One would expect his Oxford years to be more interesting, but apparently not. His clearest memory seems to be spending one term drunk.
It gets more interesting after that.
His account of his conversion from no belief in the supernatural t ...more
As someone else noted, the bit about action writing was interesting:
"Action can only be expressed by a subject, a verb and an object, perhaps a rhythm -- little else. Even an adjective slows the pace or tranquilizes the nerve... But ...more
Although Greene objected strongly to being described as a “Catholic novelist” rather than as a “novelist who happened to be Ca ...more