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Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
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May 17, 08

bookshelves: fiction, 1001-list
Recommended to Chloe by: 1001 Books List
Read in May, 2008

After reading several absolutely fantastic books by Graham Greene, The Power & The Glory, The Quiet American, The Honorary Consul, this book was a bit of a letdown. I like books about organized crime, I like mysteries, I like whodunits- but I didn't love this book.

I think a lot of this had to do with the ham-fisted way in which Greene went about portraying the characters and their internal conflicts. It was all very melodramatic and smacked of daytime television. The characters were caricatures, all with their own secret pain stitched firmly on their sleeve. By the end of the book I didn't care how the boy killed Hale, I just wanted to be done with it.
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