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Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
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Oct 22, 08


George Orwell (who disliked Greene, intensely) once said that he could admire Salvadore Dali as an artist while despising everything he stood for. Likewise SOME of the books of Graham Greene. Despite its unnecessary antisemitism in the portrayal of a Jewish gangster (based on the film producer Alexander Korda and written when Greene protested against Jewish immigration to Britain from Nazi Germany) this is a GREAT novel. Rosie, in the novel itself, says that only Catholics truly understand evil because only they really believe in the Devil. Orwell didn't think much of this view but understanding evil is Greene's great literary strength and it pays off in this great book in spades and spades.
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