May We Borrow Your Husband?: And Other Comedies of the Sexual Life
Affairs, obsessions, grand passions and tiny ardours course through twelve poignant and wryly humorous stories of sexual love. In the title story, author William Harris is in Antibes finishing his first attempt at historical biography, but he becomes more interested in the antics of two homosexual interior decorators. From the macabre of "The Over-night Bag" to the comedy...more
It was my first Greene experience and proved that he surely knows how to tell a story and make you enjoy and think. Despite the title it's not very sexual with today's standards . In some points it reminded me of some scenes from Woody Allen's movies, no surprise if it's been an inspiration to Allen.
Stories are ...more
The title sucked me right in. The narrator of that story is an late middle-aged English ex-pat writer living on the French Rivera writing about people he met there. Somerset Maugham covered that ground really well and often. Greene does it a bit better than Maugham.
Greene used to categorise his work as either a serious novel or as an ‘entertainment‘ – not on ...more
Wanted to edit the multiple uses of the same adjective in one of the stories - maybe it was repeated for emphasis but repeating "gimlet" didn't enhance the story for me!
I usually rail against stories which suffer from the "undisclosed first person narrator syndrome". This collection is almost completely infected with the syndrome, yet somehow does not suffer from it. Perhaps it is a host. The reader imports knowledge of who th ...more
"Suddenly it was autumn when they arrived back in London--if not winter already, for there was ice in the rain falling on the tarmac, and they had quite forgotten how early the lights came on at hom ...more
Although Greene objected strongly to being described as a “Catholic novelist” rather than as a “novelist who happened to be Ca ...more