Collected Short Stories (20th Century Classics)
Previously published in two volumesCollected Short Stories and The Last Word and Other Storiesthese forty-nine stories reveal Graham Greene in a range of contrasting moods, sometimes cynical and wi...more
The edition I had was not paperback, but contained all the included stories. In the foreword, Greene states that he can never achieve the level of story of "The Lady with the Dog" by Chekhov, and describes himself as a novelist who writes short stories instead of the other way around (like Chekhov).
While not every one of the stories was as good as the first (in my collection) titled "May We Borrow Your Husband?", Greene masterfully...more
I've picked up, put down, picked up, and put down this book a countless number of times throughout a year and still find something new whenever I re-read a story or complete one. My favorites right now from it include "The Blue...more
There is not much humor here, and what humor there is tends toward the morbid, as in this from "A Shocking Accident":
"I'm afraid your father was very seriously hurt indeed."
In fact, Jerome, he died yesterday. Quite without pain."
"Did they shoot him through the heart?"
"I beg your pardon. What did you say, Jerome?"
Graham Greene. “Two Gentle People.” Complete Short Stories. p.427.
Ah, ‘the condition of life’ is a phrase apt to sum up Graham Greene’s literary output. “Two Gentle People” is not the best or most exciting story in the Penguin volume, but it demonstrates all of the hallmarks of Greene’s narrative strength: what is said is not said, with the reader as implicated witness; the unintentional slip of speech...more
What I love about his writings in this book...more
I just picked up in the past year or so, and had to mark the short stories as 'read' at some point-- I have dipped in and out for a while but lately feel as if I'm just retracing my steps. It's been uneven-- as are the novels; but...more
"Only in Europe is it possible for a man to be a criminal as well as a rich man."
"I couldn't help loving them. There they'd be laughing, holding hands; they liked to touch each other; it made them feel fine to know the other was around. It didn't mean anything we could understand;"
"It seemed to him unfair that he should have come so far, spent so much mone...more
The story about the young couple eloping (A Drive In The Country) reads more like a descent to Hell than romantic flight.
If you enjoy the short fiction of Patricia Highs...more
and focus on some of the best that quiver with irony
and humor. "A Branch of the Service" is a daft comedy
about a spy whose cover is that of a food critic. Thick
soups, rare meats, cheeses and desserts almost kill him.
"May We Borrow Your Husband?" is a distress signal about
sexual naivete: 'The dream wouldn't last.' The universality
of an unlikely tumble is explored lustily in "Cheap in
August" and then there's "The Blue Film," wherein a
that being said, i recommend you just pick this book up at the bookstore and read the very first story and reshelve it. the first story is worth it, entirely downhill after that.
Although Greene objected strongly to being described as a “Catholic novelist” rather than as a “novelist who happened to be Catholic,” Catho...more