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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, 134 pages
Published 1968 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1948)
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Agnieszka
Nov 27, 2014 Agnieszka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2013, reviewed, gg
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
Helen
Jan 17, 2011 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mary Ronan Drew
Jul 11, 2015 Mary Ronan Drew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 16, 2009 Terence rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Andrew Smith
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.
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
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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علی
Jun 16, 2015 علی rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Chris
Mar 03, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Rafa
Sep 13, 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.
Jose lana
Dec 02, 2015 Jose lana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mark Valentine
Mar 03, 2016 Mark Valentine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dots. From high up in the ferris wheel, people look like dots. If you could have $20,000 but a dot would be erased, would you take the money? The third man would take the money.

But people are not dots and the third man is not a good man. I cannot say who the third man is here but this entertainment, this thriller is one of the best. Greene writes in the introduction that he wrote the novel as an initial step prior to writing the screenplay and that the story really needs to be seen rather than r
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Aileen M
Feb 19, 2015 Aileen M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Timm Lamberechts
May 28, 2016 Timm Lamberechts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-sometimes
I find this book really great! It was very relaxing to read the book. Normally I don’t like reading books but I enjoyed reading this book! I was really in sympathy with the story and I wanted to know what happened to Harry Lime. The story was well put together! Another reason why I like the book is that the themes of the book are: detective and crime. I really like this kind of story’s! I also like the writing style of Graham Greene. The story was written intelligently and funny at times, a good ...more
Suzan
Jun 03, 2014 Suzan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Johann Guenther
Jan 03, 2016 Johann Guenther rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GREENE, Graham: "Der dritte Mann", München 2014 Oft kennt man ein Buch und sieht nachher erst den Film und ist enttäuscht. In diesem Fall ist es der Film, der für mich sehr gut und bekannt ist und erst nach vielen Jahren las ich das Buch. Es ist aber ein neues Erlebnis das Buch zu lesen. Es ist mindestens so spannend und interessant als der Film, wenngleich die schwarz-weiß Aufnahmen des Films die gelesenen Eindrücke überlagern und illustrieren.
Die Stadt Wien in der Nachkriegszeit unter vierfach
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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.
Sarah Anne
I wanted to read this book because McCoy mentions it during a prosecution in Law & Order. Seriously. I wanted to know exactly what happens. It was an interesting book, although you can definitely tell that it was written in order to set a foundation to write a screenplay, rather than written as a novel for publishing. It's a very prescient book, with the way that they are diluting penicillin and causing deaths. This is something that seems out of place for when it was written but very releva ...more
George
Mar 13, 2015 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Από τα πιο γνωστά βιβλία του Γκράχαμ Γκριν, κυρίως λόγω της κλασικής ταινίας του Όρσον Γουέλς, παρ'όλα αυτά δεν είναι και από τα πιο πολυδιαβασμένα δικά του (όπως είναι π.χ. Ο ήσυχος Αμερικάνος, Η δύναμη και η δόξα, Ο άνθρωπός μας στην Αβάνα κλπ). Είναι μόλις το τρίτο δικό του βιβλίο που διαβάζω, ύστερα από το αρκετά χιουμοριστικό μυθιστόρημα με τον τίτλο Ταξίδια με τη θεία μου και το επίσης χιουμοριστικό και ενδιαφέρον Ο άνθρωπός μας στην Αβάνα, και μπορώ να πω ότι είναι στο ίδιο επίπεδο. Πάρα ...more
Robert
Oct 22, 2011 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few nights ago a man who sat next to me at a dinner party said he’d always wanted to write fiction—as I do—and that he’d like to collaborate with me on a novel of international espionage.

He was an Israeli by birth, spoke accented English, but has a PhD from a good American university and a long list of non-fiction publications in his special field, which is the Middle East.

I said, “What is your idea of an excellent book—something you’d like to have written yourself?” His reply, without hesitat
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Paul
May 23, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel of “The Third Man” was published after Carol Reed’s great film, but actually is the treatment that Greene wrote for it beforehand. Reed stuck very closely indeed to the treatment, quite often word for word and scene for scene. The novel has a few nice touches that didn’t make it to the film, but I think the film is an improvement in at least three ways.
First, the treatment naturally lacks the remarkable, if historically inaccurate, soliloquy that Welles improvised in the Prater Ferris
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Jeremy S.
Jul 31, 2011 Jeremy S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really looking forward to reading this book not only because I was sure it would be fantastic, but I also knew that I would have to watch the classic film noir!

A fun fact about The Third Man is Graham Greene wrote the screenplay first and later penned the novel. For some unknown reason, I did not follow this order and read the book first and then watched the movie.

I was already thinking about how to write the review before I even flipped to the first page. I had this grand idea I would t
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Maggie
Jun 29, 2007 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A surprisingly gripping and detailed work, especially considering it started off as a film treatment for the eponymous film, and thus never intended to see the light of day. Greene's language is solid, yet spirited. The voices of his characters are realistic and individualized. The introduction explains differences between film and treatment and Greene's take on these changes (many of which he himself suggested). Very witty and very moving.

Favorite quote: "Dexter wasn't the man's assignment, bu
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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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