The End of the Affair

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Penguin, 1999 - Fiction - 191 pages
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The novelist Maurice Bendrix's love affair with his friend's wife, Sarah, had begun in London during the Blitz. One day, inexplicably and without warning, Sarah had broken off the relationship. It seemed impossible that there could be a rival for her heart. Yet two years later, driven by obsessive jealousy and grief, Bendrix sends Pakris, a private detective, to follow Sarah and find out the truth.

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One of Greene's explorations into the morality of choice. Inexplicably spurned by his mistress our tormented lead character delves into the reasons why. A heart-breaking tale of love and obsession.

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This was my second reading of "The End of the Affair." I first read Greene's classic in 2010 and, frankly, I enjoyed it more this go 'round. Some parts seemed overly contrived but the purity of ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Graham Greene (1904-1991), whose long life nearly spanned the length of the twentieth century, was one of its greatest novelists. Educated at Berkhamsted School and Balliol College, Oxford, he started his career as a sub-editor of the London Times He began to attract notice as a novelist with his fourth book, Orient Express in 1932. In 1935, he trekked across northern Liberia, his first experience in Africa, told in A Journey Without Maps (1936). He converted to Catholicism in 1926, an edifying decision, and reported on religious persecution in Mexico in 1938 in The Lawless Roads which served as a background for his famous The Power and the Glory, one of several “Catholic” novels (Brighton Rock The Heart of the Matter The End of the Affair ). During the war he worked for the British secret service in Sierra Leone; afterward, he began wide-ranging travels as a journalist, which were reflected in novels such as The Quiet American Our Man in Havana The Comedians Travels with My Aunt The Honorary Consul The Human Factor Monsignor Quixote and The Captain and the Enemy As well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, two books of autobiography, A Sort of Life and Ways of Escape, two biographies, and four books for children. He also contributed hundreds of essays and film and book reviews to The Spectator and other journals, many of which appear in the late collection Reflections Most of his novels have been filmed, including The Third Man, which the author first wrote as a film treatment. Graham Greene was named Companion of Honour and received the Order of Merit among numerous other awards.

Pico Iyer, born in Oxford, England, and raised partly in California, is the author of several books about travel and culture, including The Lady and the Monk, and The Global Soul. His memoir, The Man Within My Head chronicles a life of fascination with Grahame Greene. He now lives in suburban Japan.

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