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In a small continental country civil war is raging. Once a lecturer in medieval French, now a confidential agent, D is a scarred stranger in a seemingly casual England, sent on a mission to buy coal. Initially, this seems to be a matter of straightforward negotiation, but soon, implicated in murder, accused of possessing false documents and theft, held responsible for the ...more
Paperback, 317 pages
Published December 2001 by نیلوفر (first published 1939)
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Description: In a small continental country civil war is raging. Once a lecturer in medieval French, now a confidential agent, D is a scarred stranger in a seemingly casual England, sent on a mission to buy coal at any price. Initially, this seems to be a matter of straightforward negotiation, but soon, implicated in murder, accused of possessing false documents and theft, held responsible for the death of a young woman, D becomes a hunted man, tormented by allegiances, doubt
Many a long and weary year ago I read a fair few Greene books. This one has a nice grimy atmosphere and a very real uncertainty about who, if anyone, can be trusted. The Esperanto lesson always seemed like a nice touch, invented stories, pretended loyalties, unreal language, no end of deceptions.
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Greene at his best, providing a gnashing noir, a tale of chase and deception. The Confidential Agent distills the fears of the late 1930s, people are being driven to an almost post-human ignobility. Attempting to stay above the feral pragmatism, an agent known as D. makes his way to England. The timeframe and circumstances suggest The Spanish Civil War, but the details blur into a generic European nightmare. D. is a classics professor and the reader feels for his obsolescence in these da ...more
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: own-copy
Graham Greene is one of my favourite authors, having started reading his novels when I was in my teens, many years ago, though I haven’t read one of his books for several years.

Now, on re-reading “The Confidential Agent”, I know why, I like him so much. He is a great storyteller and has a wonderful way of phrasing his sentences, in which not a single word is ever surplus to requirements. It is a joy and pleasure to read what he has written.

“The Confidential Agent” was written by Greene, as one o
A. Dawes
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a lot of fun. A fuddy-duddy lecturer, D, comes to England as the confidential agent. Only he seems pretty incapable and scared of his own shadow. He befriends a young woman, and the pair grow humorously close as they face constant danger and espionage. D gradually finds the courage and conviction he needs.

A well-written thriller and on of my favourites out of Greene's "less serious" works.

Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie, Karen
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From BBC Radio 4 - Drama:
Graham Greene's masterful tale of suspense. When Edgar Dominguez is sent to England on a mission to arrange a supply of coal for the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War it seems a straightforward business negotiation; but no sooner does he set foot on English soil than he finds himself a hunted man, with seemingly no one he can trust and implicated in murder.

Greene wrote The Confidential Agent at the same time as his mast
Steve Greenleaf
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espionage
In 1938, Graham Greene was busy writing two novels. The better-known book became his classic, The Power and the Glory, about the Mexican whiskey priest. But Greene feared that The Power and the Glory would not sell, and he needed money to support his family. Therefore, in the mornings, he wrote one of his “entertainments”, The Confidential Agent. As an entertainment, The Confidential Agent qualifies as a thriller. It has a fast-moving plot, reversals of fortune, and plenty of action. In this re ...more
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"The gulls swept over Dover. They sailed out like flakes of the fog, and tacked back towards the hidden town, while the siren mourned with them: other ships replied, a whole wake lifted up their voices – for whose death?"

So begins the story of D.

D. is an agent - a confidential agent - who is sent to England on a mission. Having arrived in Dover, nothing goes to plan and D. is soon pitched against another agent (L.).

A 3.5-star book.

First published in 1939 (the first year of World War II) I found reading “The Confidential Agent” by Graham Greene relatively entertaining due to its seemingly remote setting which vaguely reminds its readers on the looming atmosphere of countries at war. However, we should read its Goodreads synopsis and introduction by Ian Rankin so that we get some background understanding, in other words, we have more light with essential information rather than keep reading like being in a d
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, fiction
In the introduction of this book Graham Greene confessed that the book was written as an entertainment designed to appeal to enough people to leave his family financially secure in case he died in WWII and secondly that to get the energy to push it out while writing the power and the glory he consumed large quantities of amphetimines. This last fact answers an idle curiosity I never knew I had, but which has now become rather all consuming. What would ones favourite authors produce if they inges ...more
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
D is a confidential agent, a poor intellectual, who has come to post-war England to make a coal deal for the government of his unspecified Eastern European country. On the boat he sees L, an upper-class confidential agent charged with the same mission and working for the rebels. D's country is at civil war and the deal is vital to both sides to win the conflict. L does everything in his power to stop D and is aided by D's constant bad luck as he encounters various British officials and members o ...more
Feb 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend of mine was being the "Christmas Culture Fairy" when she gave me this book for Christmas. Sadly I have never read Greene before and this book was written in the 30s. In my experience the language of many classics written pre 1950 has badly dated. However I am happy to report that in the case of 'The Confidential Agent' that is not the case.

This is an excellent book with a great plot that the narrative drives along at a wonderfully fast pace.It also has a rather nice twist at the end too
Feb 28, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wanda by: Bettie☯
28 FEB 2016 - recommendation through Bettie. Thank you. A new lunchtime listen. Many thanks.
Bryn Hammond
I seemed to be keenest on those he subtitled 'An Entertainment'. The inside of this one explains, "in order to distinguish it from more serious work." Hey. I thought his entertainments were great.
بهمن زبردست
گراهام گرين در دوم اكتبر 1904 به دنيا آمد. او چهارمين فرزند از شش فرزندي بودكه «چارلز هنري» و «ماريون» گرين داشتند. پدر وي چارلز هنري گرين رئيس مدرسه «برك همستند»[1:] بود. برادرش «هيو» تا مدير كلي شبكةبيبيسي ترقي كرد. برادر ديگرش «ريموند» يكي از كوهنوردان مشهوري بود كه توانست در سال 1933 قلة اورست را فتح كند.

گرين در مدرسة پدرش و سپس در آكسفورد تحصيل كرد. وي نوشتن را از مجلات دانشآموزي آغاز كرد. اولين مجموعة شعر وي به نام «آوريل سرايي»[2:] در سال آخر حضورش در آكسفورد به چاپ رسيد پس از فارغالتحصيل
Mark Joyce
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of Graham Greene’s self-styled “entertainments”, a label I’ve always found slightly irritating because it seems to contain more than a little false modesty. In truth The Confidential Agent is, like pretty much everything else Greene wrote, very, very good. As an espionage thriller it is top notch, as tightly written as Eric Ambler’s best stuff and with the seedy, claustrophobic mood of John le Carre’s better Smiley novels. I thought there were also strong nods to Kafka, not just in t ...more
Dec 26, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't remember now whether The Power And The Glory was the first Greene novel I read - it might have been The Third Man or Our Man in Havana. I mention this because The Confidential Agent was written in parallel with The Power And The Glory, working on one each morning, and switching to the other in the afternoon. An unusual writing regime. One might have expected that the novels would turn out to be very similar, but had I not known the publication dates and read Greene's Introduction where h ...more
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Earlier in the year, while traveling in Chiapas, Mexico, I read Graham Greene’s The Power and The Glory—a deeply moving book, but also one of the most depressing I’d ever read. I said to myself, “Well—that’s enough Graham Greene.” Then I watched one of my favorite movies of all time, The Third Man, starring Orson Wells; the story was from a Graham Greene book and I decided to give the author another go. I noticed that he had written two kinds of books: those he called novels, and some he called ...more
Graham Greene writes about the unsaleability of a book called "The Power and the Glory". So he writes this book in the mornings, then writes the "serious" novel in the afternoons; whilst helping dig trenches on London's commons with the war looming. He takes benzedrine to keep him going. "The Confidential Agent" feels drug-fuelled. There's a fever to the adventure, a well-drawn set of characters leaping out of the shadows at each other, with the paranoid agent D. in the middle of the muddle. A b ...more
Sep 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid early work by Greene, but I certainly wouldn't put it up there with other favorites of mine, namely The Quiet American or The Power and the Glory.

This book certainly contains the elements that make Greene's later, more controlled works as great as they are: a very human, very thoughtful protagonist; an engaging tale of intrigue and adventure; and more than a little humor mixed in for seasoning. Still, the whole doesn't come together quite a strongly as what Greene would write afterwards.
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's no denying this was an enjoyable read - I finished it in one sitting. Greene's portrayal of D's struggle to find something worth fighting for, to find some goodness in a crooked world, made good what would otherwise have been a fairly by-the-numbers thriller. The rarity and beauty of trust is the major theme. Despite the prevailing miasma of distrust, through two choice relationships with young women, D.'s spinning moral compass is focused on what is good.

While the greatest book's streng
Mike Harper
It is tough to rate this. By modern standards it's slow-moving and the characters are quaint. There's unusual emphasis on the protagonist's motives, and a great effort is made to contrast his loyalty to the duplicity of all the other characters who are his countrymen. England seems safe to the foreign protagonist, but is in fact always dangerous.
I think I may not be bright enough to appreciate this novel, or any of Greene's books, for that matter. Still, I had a good time reading it. After all,
Ahmad Sharabiani
Oct 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1001-book
346. The Honorary Consul, Graham Greene
داستان در كشور انگلستان جاری میشود و میگذرد. قهرمان داستان مردی میانسال است با عنوان «د»، عاشق زنان کم سن و سال است. تا دخترانه سر ایشان را میان دستهایش بگیرد و بگوید: «از من هم یک مامور معتمد خوب درمیآید این طور نیست؟» تا ایشان نیز در جواب بگوید: «تو، بهتر از آن هستی، که یک مامور معتمد باشی. هیچکس، به ماموران معتمد اعتماد نمیکند.»ا
Felisa Rosa
Graham Greene really knew how to write a sentence, and this book is full of startlingly good ones. He also knew how to craft a scene, and this book has some funny ones. That said, for one of his "entertainments" (the books Greene wrote that he didn't consider serious literary works) this book could be more entertaining. It's kind of dreary and angst-ridden.
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Θαυμάσια γραμμένο με πολύ ωραίες φράσεις και νοήματα. Ο συγγραφέας μας δείχνει ένα άλλο κομμάτι του πολέμου, άγνωστο στους περισσότερους, μέσα από μια δυνατή ιστορία. Όσο για τον πρωταγωνιστή του βιβλίου, πραγματικά δένεσαι με τον χαρακτήρα του και τις σκέψεις του.
Holly Socolow
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Atmospheric, unsentimental and sophisticated.
Ian Sowers
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Great fun full of vivid characters, big ideas and beautiful writing. Greene wrote the kind of books I'd like to write: 'entertainments' (to borrow his word) with substance.
Jul 30, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: spy novel aficionados, shell shock survivors
beautiful prose, alienated single-initialed deeply moral protagonist, 1930's cloak-and-dagger action, insights about the effects of war on the psyche.
This is the twelfth Graham Greene novel I've read this summer. That would be my entire review if Goodreads didn't demand more text in a review. I don't know what to say other than all his themes, motifs and stylistic ways are present.
His description of place is, perhaps, his strong suit. A train ride through the Midlands is pastoral and stark at the same time. A brief part of the book is set in a seaside hotel. I wouldn't say that part is more than six pages, but its documentary accuracy and in
Derek Collett
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not quite as good as A Gun for Sale, which I read a couple of weeks before the present volume, but it is still pretty damn good. The world-weary central character (identified only as 'D.') has a wonderfully sardonic sense of humour and the spoilt little rich girl Rose Cullen with whom he teams up from time to time provides good value. There is an impressively varied and unusual range of situations (I loved the 'Entrenationo' lessons and the changing of trains at Willing) and some nice hu ...more
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Henry Graham Greene, OM, CH was an English novelist, short story writer, playwright, screenplay writer, travel writer and critic whose works explore the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world. Greene combined serious literary acclaim with wide popularity.

Although Greene objected strongly to being described as a “Catholic novelist” rather than as a “novelist who happened to be Ca
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