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Stamboul Train by Graham Greene
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Feb 02, 08

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Read in March, 2005

Strong entertainment that works better on reflection than it does as a compelling mystery or thriller. Makes excellent use of the device of a long train trip to bring together disparate characters who have little or nothing in common beyond their capacity to get mixed up with one another and with forces that make ironic havoc of their lives: a chorus girl, a Jewish merchant, a lesbian journalist and her companion, a thief who becomes a murder, a revolutionary doctor who misses his rendezvous with destiny. Not nearly as good as Greene’s best work: The Heart of the Matter, The Quiet American, The End of an Affair, and The Power and the Glory, but pretty good nonetheless.
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