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England Made Me

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  886 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
From master storyteller Graham Greene comes the tale of Anthony Farrant, who has boasted, lied and cheated his way through jobs all over the world. Then his adoring twin sister, Kate, gets him taken on as the bodyguard of Krogh, her lover and boss, a megalomaniac Swedish financier. All goes well until Krogh gives orders that offend Anthony's innate decency. Outraged and bl ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 30th 1981 by Penguin Books (first published 1935)
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Just when I thought Greene had begun to find his stride as a writer and that The Heart of the Matter really was his worst book, England Made Me proves me wrong. There are some great passages - all mostly within the first 30 pages - and then it is downhill from there....plot-wise. Because the story became so boring that I still have problems recollecting what actually happened. And I only just finished the book.
On the positives: Whatever happened between 1934 and 1935, Greene
Apr 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most memorable characters in Graham Greene’s 1935 novel England Made Me are, as always, the failures. Anthony Farrant has been fired from jobs everywhere from Aden to Shanghai. He has been black-balled from countless clubs in countless in countless cities. Anthony Farrant, in his one good suit, his Harrow tie (a lie, of course), with his boyish charm and his charming lies. He’s not quite a crook, in fact he believes in most of his money-making schemes. As one employer put it, they had to get ...more
May 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enormous Swedish business concern is about to go global. Secretly, it is in dire straits. Erich Krogh, a cold, lonely, self-made man, is covering up some sleazy unethical financing that will be healed as long as the American deal goes through.

Sounds like it's ripped from today's headlines, doesn't it?

Kate Farrant, Krogh's British assistant, and lover, is an efficient, practical, intelligent young woman who loves her ne'er-do-well twin brother just a little too much. Anthony is charming and ha
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
If this book had been writen in the last few years with it's banking crisis and failing economies you could say that he was just merely jumping on the bandwagon but this was first published in 1935 and was the book that was said to have brought him to prominence within the literary community.

As with many of Greene's books he paints a moody scene but there is little action and all the characters are seen as flawed, damaged by public school life.The book is basically about the decline of a conman,
Dan Pecchenino
This is probably the weirdest Graham Greene book I've read. He experiments with shifting points of view and cubistic description in ways that, along with the novel's incestuous themes, make me think Greene must have read a little Faulkner (AS I LAY DYING and THE SOUND AND THE FURY) before writing this. There are some passages of gorgeous sadness that are up there with the best of Greene's work. His depiction of Anthony Farrant and Loo's lovemaking is one such moment. On the whole though, this is ...more
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As a character study, excellently done.
Great atmosphere and the style is special. Every word is exactly as it should be.
Women are not stereotypical women, caught in their time, but three-dimensional and not what the men want them to be.
It's about family.
And yet it is difficult to read, not easy and not very light. So it took me longer than expected. But I liked it, it just didn't blow me away.
John McCaffrey
Continuing my Graham Greene journey has led me to this novel. Set in Sweden, but all about the English fascination with societal division, Greene puts forth two main characters, twins, brother and sister, who fall under the golden hand of a tycoon who has lost connection with the working class that sprung him. Dark, at times depressing in its cynicism, but also realistic in its depiction of limitations in people no matter the heights they soar.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, greene-graham
I'm going to take a guess that the title "England Made Me" comes from the school song of Harrow. I won't Google it for this review, because I want to write this while these thoughts are still in my mind. Harrow comes up as a theme in this novel, even though it's set in a highly fictionalized Sweden.
Having read, over the last three and a half months, at least sixteen novels by Graham Greene, I can say that one of the main pleasures of reading him is seeing the variations he makes on his themes.
Patrick McCoy
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
England Made Me (1935) is one of the last novels by Graham Greene on my list to read. I had expected it to take place in England given the title, but was surprised to find it take place in Stockholm, Sweden. This is where the never-do-well Anthony Farrant has landed after his latest failure in Aden (in Yemen), where his twin sister, Kate, works for millionaire businessman Erik Krough. She also serves as his mistress. Anthony Farrat is a charming failure with the gift of the gab who is prone to o ...more
Sep 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Surprisingly, I found out I first read this novel in 1974 and, vaguely, I sold it to the DASA Book Cafe some years ago and forgot to look at the last page in which, normally, I would write down the date read and time (presently) in pencil. For some reasons I've learned not to write in ink since, I think, all books I've bought and read are too precious to write, underline or scribbles in ink.

Just imagine, time simply flies, I mean I read it some four decades ago and also went to watch the film in
Nadia Ghanem
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so shaken by this novel. It was a strange read, and reminded me of The Evenings by Gerard Reve in that it built a formidable tension in a seemingly static setting.

England made me is introspective, slow in action although I now know it was a false sense of slowness, Greene had caught me so intensely into the internal dialogues & tragedies of each character that I failed to hear the ticking of fate's clock. So when the clock did strike, I was caught totally unawares, and as in life, with
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mine is actually a 1970 Penguin - too bad I can't find the precise edition on here as the cover illustration is very characteristic of that time.

A somewhat lesser-known Greene from 1935, he presents a marvelous rogues gallery of unsympathetic characters, all hustling to get by. Set in English expatriate circles in Stockholm, the year is not specified but perhaps late 1920s - people from all walks of life are still dabbling in stocks with get-rich-quick fervor ("having a flutter" is the frequentl
Katie Grainger
When I first started reading England Made Me I found it a little boring but as the book progressed I got into it. The story is about Anthony and Kate Farrant, who are twins, Anthony is the brother who can't hold down a job and Kate comes to 'rescue' him and take him to Sweden to work for her lover and employer Krough.

Krogh is a corrupt business man with a huge fortune who Kate is due to marry. Anthony with his sense of justice is unable to stomach Krogh's dodgy dealings, when he steals stories
Jun 10, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Shipwrecked" is about a very big business that gets overextended, and the attempts of its owner to cover his tracks regardless of who gets hurt. If it had been written last year, the business would have been involved in subprime mortgages.
It's also about twins -- a brother and sister -- who have grown up and grown apart and what happens when they get back together.
It's probably the best book I've ever read that was set in Stockholm, Sweden.
As with seemingly all of Graham Greene's novels, m
Dec 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very good. I can see the same approaches, character types and stylistic tones coming out in this as in Brighton Rock (the only other Greene I have read so far). Dark, lonely and desolate; I like the way the damp, the mist and the surrounding water in Stockholm infiltrates everything and enhances the novel's mood. It wasn't mind-blowingly excellent, but I loved the couple relationships: of the twin brother and sister, of Krogh and his old-friend-now-hired-muscle Hall, and that of Anna and Krogh. ...more
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-books
I really don't know what to say about this book. I never really got into the story and still can't really tell you what it was all about. I have no idea what Krogh was involved in, I think I must have drifted off at some point and missed something. None of the characters were particularly likeable and some seemed to come and go without any point to them. At least it was a short read and hey its another one ticked off the list.
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-copy
A joy to read, Graham Greene is an absolute master of the English language and story telling.
Willie Krischke
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Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another worthwhile Greene novel with three memorable characters. The plot is okay but it's the characters that are the essence of the novel. Anthony Farrant is 30, has travelled a lot, is charming, handsome, unreliable, lost a number of jobs and doesn't tell the truth. He meets up with his twin sister in Stockholm. Kate Farrant is intelligent, efficient, practical, who loves her brother Anthony.
She works for financier, millionaire, Erich Krogh. She is also Erich's girlfriend. Erich is a self-ma
Nicholas Story, solicitor
I'm a huge fan of Graham Greene, and the older I get, the more I seem to appreciate his gifts, not only of writing, but also of getting under the skin of the human condition and the issues that confronted us all in the 20th century. Had this book been written by anybody else I would probably have given it a safe 3 stars, but I always expect such a lot from Greene, and I felt that this one didn't quite deliver. It seems to be have been one of his very first books, and whilst there are signs of hi ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An early novel by Greene about Anthony, a ne'er-do-well, who is invited by his twin sister to Stockholm to work for Krogh, her boss and lover, a seemingly all-powerful financier. When Anthony is asked to do something immoral, he leaks information to the press, with life-changing results for everyone. The novel reads suprisingly modern for having been written in the 1930s, and yes, even that early Greene manages to include a conflicted, Catholic character, in this case Minty, a seedy journalist.
Kevin Song
Jul 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition need to tone it down with your flowery language. There were barely any instances with engaging plot shifts or noticeable character developments. This entire novel just drudged continuously and predictably with the same wistful, reminiscing tones and left no room for any other elements whatsoever. Extremely boring and dull, I found myself speed-reading purely for the sake of finishing.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
An exceptionally poor Greene book, very little plot or story line, began with potential, but very quickly went down hill and never recovered. There is very little to take away in a positive light for this book.
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-reading this, probably for third or fourth time. I am reading a 1976 Penguin paperback version, which I bought second hand in Brighton around 1983, as a student. I mention that as the book is old and worn, faintly tawdry as it has stills from the movie on the cover, and due to its age it is falling apart as I read it.

All of which is so in keeping with the novel itself, it is rather spooky. The book is about Anthony Farrant, trying to live the life he believes he is fitted for but failing, alb
Doctor Moss
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I forget how much I enjoy reading Graham Greene. I’ve read everything I can get my hands on (I think I have only the novellas No Man’s Land and The Stranger’s Hand left to read of his fiction).

England Made Me was published in 1935, making it an early novel, before such well-known works like Brighton Rock, The Power and the Glory, The Third Man, and The Quiet American, among others. Greene is always good at characters, and the collection here is very good — Anthony Farrant, a profession
"England Made Me" is a novel by Graham Greene first published in 1935, it was republished as" The Shipwrecked" in 1953. I'm not sure why it was originally titled "England Made Me", and I have absolutely no idea why it was republished with the title "The Shipwrecked". Maybe if it had taken place in England or on a ship or a deserted island I'd get it, but it wasn't at any of these places, it took place in Stockholm, Sweden.

Now I have to figure out if I liked the book and the answer is, I don't kn
Anthony, a habitual down-on-his-luck wanderer, is persuaded by his twin sister to move to Sweden and accept a job working for her wealthy employer, which he accepts. However, questionable as his character is, there are some things that even Anthony just won't be a part of.

While this was an earlier novel by Graham Greene, he had already found his voice by the time it was written. The narrative is smooth and thoughtful, and the characters are well-developed for the most part. It's not a thriller i
Booklovers Melbourne
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Other than Brighton Rock, whilst at school, (in Brighton, coincidentally) I had never read any of Greene's work until I came across a handful of his novels for sale in Penguin format a few weeks ago.

First published in 1935, England Made Me, also published as "The Shipwrecked", was one of Greene's earlier works. It revolves around the relationship between Anthony Farrant and his twin sister Kate.

Anthony is a wastrel. A lost soul of middl
Feb 16, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Diehard Greene fans
Shelves: fiction, 1001-list
The ties to one's homeland and the myriad different perceptions of "home" form the theme of this early Graham Greene novel. Anthony Farrant is a ne'er-do-well who has left a string of abandoned jobs and broken relationships behind him as he has worked his way around the globe. When his mistress leaves him and he's sacked from his job once more, his twin sister Kate shows up to whisk him away to Stockholm where she serves as the secretary/mistress of Krogh, a powerful titan of industry who is eng ...more
Axel Ainglish
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a splendid book.And more if You think it was his first work. Sensitive and with plenty of beauty in the scenaries and well depicted main characters. A story of love and friendship settled in the old days (meaning e.g. the fifties)where ethics intervene reassuring the reader about how things must be. Highly recommendable for all sort of people. Is not easy not to be moved by a so touching story and way of writing. One would like to be as the main character.Although appearing this one as a b ...more
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“He had always despised people who thought about the past. To live was to leave behind; to be as free as a shipwrecked man who has lost everything.” 4 likes
“Not so bad this ending because one is getting used to endings: life like Morse, a series of dots and dashes, never forming a paragraph.” 4 likes
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