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The Third Man

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  8,688 Ratings  ·  448 Reviews
Rollo Martins' usual line is the writing of cheap paperback Westerns under the name of Buck Dexter. But when his old friend Harry Lime invites him to Vienna, he jumps at the chance. With exactly five pounds in his pocket, he arrives only just in time to make it to his friend's funeral. The victim of an apparently banal street accident, the late Mr. Lime, it seems, had been ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Penguin Books (first published 1950)
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Agnieszka
Feb 20, 2010 Agnieszka rated it it was amazing
Rollo Martins , incurable ladies’ man and author of trashy novels set on The Wild West , accepts an invitation from his best friend Harry Lime and arrives in Vienna just in time to attend his funeral . But what’s really happened ? Seemingly accident , but testimony from eyewitnesses and Harry’s new friends are , to tell the truth , not credible . So Rollo , like a noble sheriff from his own stories , decides to solve the mystery . Well , easier said than done . With empty pockets , friendless in ...more
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Description: Rollo Martins' usual line is the writing of cheap paperback Westerns under the name of Buck Dexter. But when his old friend Harry Lime invites him to Vienna, he jumps at the chance. With exactly five pounds in his pocket, he arrives only just in time to make it to his friend's funeral. The victim of an apparently banal street accident, the late Mr. Lime, it seems, had been the focus of a criminal investigation, suspected of nothing less than b
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Panagiotis
Feb 13, 2015 Panagiotis rated it liked it
Ο Γκριν είναι ένας από τους αγαπημένους μου συγγραφείς. Με έχει κερδίσει ολοκληρωτικά το χιούμορ του, η διεισδυτικότητά του στην ανθρώπινη φύση που δίνει μια πλούσια σε καυστικότητα γραφή. Γράφει νουάρ, γράφει για τον Β Παγκόσμιο, γράφει ψυχροπολεμικές ιστορίες, για τυχάρπαστους, ερωτευμένους - γράφει πολλά και ίσως η κατηγοριοποίηση να αδικεί έναν τέτοιον άνθρωπο: γράφει λογοτεχνία όπως ελάχιστοι έγραψαν, γράφουν και θα γράψουν.

Το The Third Man έχει την πρωτοτυπία να είναι συνακόλουθο δημιούργη
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Helen
Nov 07, 2010 Helen rated it really liked it
A breathless read.

Set in Vienna at the end of World War II, the reader is immediately struck off balance by a turbulent, blighted world. Gone is the gracious city of old-world coffee houses. Every street is in ruins, the scars of war blanketed by snow. Side by side on the same block are lovely old apartment houses and blackened craters. Shops flourish at street level, the floors above them bombed out of existence. To add to the sense of displacement, the city is divided into four zones ruled by
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Solistas
Πόσο καλός ειναι ο Greene; Κακώς δεν έχω ασχοληθεί όσο πρέπει, μόνο το Τέλος Μιας Σχέσης εχω διαβάσει κ αυτό πριν πολλά χρόνια. Ας είναι... Ο τρίτος άνθρωπος είναι μια κλασσική hard boiled ιστορία στην μεταπολεμική Βιέννη, και ξεκινάει με την άφιξη του Ρόλο που γράφει με ψευδώνυμο βιβλία γουέστερν. Η τυπική επίσκεψη στο φίλο του Χάρι, ξεκινάει ανάποδα αφού απ'το αεροδρόμιο πάει στο νεκροταφείο για να προλάβει την κηδεία του φίλου.

Με αφετηρία ότι δεν έχει πειστεί οτι πρόκειται για ατύχημα, ο ήρωα
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Mark
Feb 02, 2015 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the movie
Recommended to Mark by: the movie
Shelves: adventure, 2015, wwii
This book is a re-issue of the 1950 in Dutch translated edition, re-issued in the series of the Tomas Ross crime classics. Tomas Ross being the best living thriller writer in the Netherlands these days.

The book starts with a message by the writer in which he explains that the story was never meant as a book but was written as a treatment for a movie, and that any difference in story is due to the fact that the story of movie was changed by the director at a later date.

So why read the book, that
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Hassan Rezaei
Jan 26, 2016 Hassan Rezaei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
.وقتی این کتاب رو میخونی سرمای وین و سلطه ی چهار قدرت انگلیس،آمریکا،شوروی و فرانسه که لابلای جملات پنهان شده به عمق وجودت نفوذ میکنه......
داستان رفاقت....تعلیق....بی اعتنایی
داستان نابودی انسانیت.
ادای دین محسن آزرم به فیلم مرد سوم.فقط ای کاش این کلمه ی ظاهراً رو کمتر توی جمله هاش به کار میبست.
ولی از این که بگذریم ترجمه ی خوب و روونی داره.دیدن فیلم مرد سوم هم به شدت بعد از خوندن کتاب توصیه میشه.
Algernon
Jan 16, 2012 Algernon rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
[9/10] this was a bit too short and I thought the movie format suited the story better. I am not implying the novella is not worth checking out. Graham Greene is a deft hand at conveying emotion with elegance and an economy of words that hint at a lot of passion behind the stiff upper lip British attitude.

Vienna in the immediate aftermath of World War II is a desolate place, scoured by chill winds, with mountains of rubble barely hidden under the snow, tensions between the occupying powers and a
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Ahmad Sharabiani
535. The Third Man, Graham Greene (1904 - 1991)
مرد سوم - گراهام گرین (برگ / نی) ادبیات
عنوان: مرد سوم: اثر: گراهام گرین؛ مترجم: محسن آزرم؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، نشر چشمه، 1390، در 159 ص، شابک: 9786002290175؛ موضوع: فیلمنامه ها، نویسندگان قرن 20 م
تهران، انتشارات برگ، 1376، در 114 ص، شابک: 9644710231، چاپ دوم 1378، با ترجمه عباس اکبری
تهران، نشر نی، 1377، در 216 ص، 8 صفحه تصویر، شابک: 9643123839، با ترجمه مجید اسلامی
BrokenTune
I have tried to watch The Third Man more times than I care to remember. Tried and failed. I know it is considered a classic but the only effect it ever had on me was to put me to sleep.

As part of my self-imposed Greene-land challenge, this is one of the two books that I have looked forward to least. The other, btw, is Greene's other cinematic "classic" Brighton Rock.

So, there I was starting The Third Man having made a huge pot of coffee in full expectation that slumber would befall me at anytime
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Shelli
Apr 28, 2016 Shelli rated it liked it
I read this book for two reasons. It was part of a challenge...a book set in Austria. I also read and loved another book by this author. As far as the Austria part, I felt this book gave only a limited description and not of the part of Austria I think of. And....I didn't like this nearly as much as The End of the Affair. I've never seen this movie. Some people think this is written as a screenplay for that. Either way, it was just ok for me. I did like Rollo Martins and I wanted to find out wha ...more
Alireza
Dec 24, 2016 Alireza rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: incomplete, novel
ترجمهی آقای آزرم بسیار بد بود. نتوانستم با کتاب ارتباط برقرار کنم. ...more
Cbj
Dec 26, 2016 Cbj rated it really liked it
In the Third Man, Graham Greene uses an interesting narrative style. It is told in first person – from the point of view of Inspector Calloway while he spies on Rollo Martins, a writer of American pulp westerns who has arrived in Vienna at the behest of a man named Harry Lime. But Inspector Calloway mostly takes a back seat and narrates how the lecherous but clever Rollo Martins solves the case of Harry Lime’s mysterious death in a car accident. Rollo Martins is the main character while Calloway ...more
Andrew Smith
Jul 26, 2011 Andrew Smith rated it it was ok
I know it's an old story but it does feel dated... and abridged (though it isn't)... and really written for the screen (which it is). Disappointing.
Suzan
May 14, 2014 Suzan rated it really liked it
From my blog athousandwhirlingdreams.blogspot.com

In 1948 the film The Third Man premiered. The director Carol Reed had asked Graham Greene to write the screenplay, and he agreed to do so. He quickly found out he could not write a film without first writing a novel. Although the concept (thus the book) was never meant to be published, it later was. This should be kept in mind when reviewing this novel. Greene knew he would be able to edit it when turning it into a script and thus may not have foc
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Melanti
I've loved some of Greene's other books but am rather lukewarm on this one.

This was actually written as a pre-writing exercise for a commissioned screenplay for a proposed movie. Greene apparently was having trouble writing a screenplay from scratch and decided to write a novella from scratch then base his screenplay off of that. The novella wasn't originally intended to be published.

That tidbit of history is probably why it's more action focused and less character focused than his other books.
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Nicola
Nov 18, 2016 Nicola rated it liked it
Shelves: 1001-books, mystery
A species of spy/amateur hard boiled detective noir novelette. A writer of cheap westerns is called to post war Vienna by an old school friend. Vienna is no longer the graceful city it was or will in part become again; at the moment it's dark, cold and hungry. It's also divided up into 4 sections ruled over by four different winning countries from World War II - France, America, Great Britain and Russia.

The first three countries all get on fairly well but relations with the Russian section are
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Mary Ronan Drew
Oct 30, 2014 Mary Ronan Drew rated it it was amazing
What a splendid book. I re-read it after some 40 years because I had borrowed the movie from the library and I wanted to refresh my memory. Why had I not noticed before that the book came AFTER the movie? Or rather during the movie. When Graham Greene was asked to do the screenplay he felt he needed to write the novel to get things clear in his mind. He has explained all that in his comments about the book.

Both the book and the movie are deeply atmospheric. At first it reminded me of the episod
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Terence
Mar 09, 2009 Terence rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Cold War historical fiction; Graham Greene fans
Recommended to Terence by: the movie
"The Third Man" is one of my favorite movies and Greene's novelization of his and Carol Reed's script does a pretty good job of transferring it to print.

Of interest in this edition is Greene's introduction, where the reader learns, among other things, that the famous "cuckoo clock" line was Orson Welles' invention, and that Reed insisted on the film's ending rather than what Greene originally wrote (a decision that, in retrospect, Greene endorsed).

As Greene admits, the book is an outgrowth of th
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Mahlon
Jul 15, 2016 Mahlon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
I liked this novella better than the movie which is silly because Graham Greene reportedly wrote this as practice for the screenplay.
Alberto Delgado
Jan 11, 2017 Alberto Delgado rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cuando se ha visto la pelicula de carol reed con wells de guionista y protagonista es dificil leer esta obra sin que se te vengan constantemente a la cabeza las imagenes y su inolvidable banda sonora. A pesar de los años pasados sigue siendo una buena obra para disfrutar de un clásico de las novelas de espias.
Michael
American western writer Rollo Martins arrives in Post-World War II Vienna at the request of his childhood friend, Harry Lime. Lime has a job for him but when Martins arrives, he soon finds out that his friend has died. Convinced that Harry Lime’s death was no accident, Martins starts his own investigation, which leads him on a hunt to find the other witness, The Third Man.

If you are a loyal listener of The Readers or follow Simon Savidge’s blog or twitter you may know he recently lost his grandm
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Chris
Sep 10, 2007 Chris rated it really liked it
How could you Harry Lime? Or as Greene intimates: Of course you did it, Harry Lime. Superb noirish thriller set in Cold War Vienna, and Greene is a master of capturing the essence of this setting. The heft of this complex story is eased along with perceptive insights into life in post-war Europe and the ways human relationships are affected in its aftermath. I especially enjoyed the scene where the Russian, British, American and French joint-patrol move to apprehend the female love interest.

"Th
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Ali
Feb 17, 2007 Ali rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
متن اصلی "مرد سوم"، بیشتر شبیه یادداشت هایی ست که گراهام گرین برای فیلمی که در دست تهیه بوده، نوشته. در حقیقت تهیه کننده "الکساندر کوردا" و کارگردان فیلم؛ "کارول رید"، در فوریه ی 1948 گراهام گرین را برای نوشتن فیلم نامه ی "مرد سوم" به وین می فرستند. گرین در طول سفر یادداشت های مفصلی بر می دارد که متن آنها بعدن بصورت کتاب در می آید. گراهام گرین که خود چند سالی به عنوان مامور، برای سرویس مخفی انگلیس کار کرده، در زمینه ی جاسوسی نویسی متبحر بود و رمان های "کمدین ها"، "مامور ما در هاوانا" و "مرد سوم" ...more
Rex Fuller
First, a crucial admission. I can't remember seeing the film. That's important because it turns out Greene wrote the book, a novella, as preparation for writing the screenplay and then published it after the success of the film. This explains the cinematic feel of the book, the string of "shootable" scenes and sparse characterization of other than Martins and Lime. Even so, I just did not enjoy this very much although I suspect the film is as good as its reputation. Martins just seemed like too ...more
Jose Moa
Nov 20, 2015 Jose Moa rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-suspense
Located in Vienna in the post second world war,is a noir novel that describes well the sensations of a sad,dark,gloomy ,claustrophobic destroyed Vienna by the war in a crude winter;divided in four pieces by the winner nations, also one sees the beginings of the cold war.Arround a mortal smuggling of penicilina,the book pose the choose between the idealiced frienship and the good of the comunity,centered in the protagonist Rollo Martin.As a curiosity it has a fun chapter with a literarian discuss ...more
Aileen M
Feb 19, 2015 Aileen M rated it really liked it
Reading this book made me want to watch the movie. The circumstances for writing it were interesting--to establish a baseline story for the movie to be made. It was suspenseful and movie-like, but had more insights into the characters than usually noted in movies. The story was interesting, but the dialogue was a little under-developed. I think it would translate well on-screen and plan on watching it within the next few days to see how it turned out. Thanks to BT for the recommendation!
Rafa
Sep 10, 2015 Rafa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es imposible escapar a la inmensa gravedad de Orson Welles como Harry Lime y así es difícil disfrutar del libro. En todo caso, es un guión novelado que trata de los mil significados de la palabra humanidad.
Karl
Apr 17, 2015 Karl marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully illustrated by Carole Johnson.

5 - The Third Man
113 - Loser Takes All

This is one volume of 20 Volumes published by this publisher.
Alex
Mar 17, 2016 Alex rated it really liked it
I don't think Graham Greene was capable of writing a poor book.
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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.

Although Greene objected strongly to being described as a “Catholic novelist” rather than as a “novelist who happened to be Ca
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