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The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
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Jun 21, 2011

really liked it

Haven't read any Graham Greene in a long time and this one (published in 1951) came my way from a friend. Am recently in the mood for classics. Maybe it's because it's a time of such conflict and veniality in our public life. I'd forgotten just how conflicted Greene's Catholic characters can be. They are not always lovable but intense and engaging. This novel explores jealousy as an emotion and how the main character Maurice Bendix, a writer, wrestles with his love of his friend's wife, and the resulting struggles with faith, guilt and and God. It is set in London during the Blitz. On the back of this edition, William Faulkner and Evelyn Waugh both give the novel high praise. Can't argue with that.

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