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
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"As I write, it is as tho ...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
"If I were to choose an epigraph for all the novels I have written, it would be from Bishop Blougrams's Apology, 'Our interest is in the dangerous edge of things. The honest thief, the tender murderer, the superstitious atheist, demi-rep that love ...more
Although Greene objected strongly to being described as a “Catholic novelist” rather than as a “novelist who happened to be Ca ...more