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The End of the Affair
The End of the Affair | Graham Greene
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY MONICA ALI The love affair between Maurice Bendix and Sarah, flourishing in the turbulent times of the London Blitz, ends when she suddenly and without explanation breaks it off. After a chance meeting rekindles his love and jealousy two years later, Bendix hires a private detective to follow Sarah, and slowly his love for her turns into an obsession.
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JenlovesJT47
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All books should be narrated by Colin Firth. Ok, not all books, but most books. 😆 What can I say, I love his voice. Anyhoo, looking at the reviews for this, I can see where some of the negative reviewers are coming from, but I personally really enjoyed this. It‘s a tragic love story, and the two main characters are very flawed, which I think makes it more relatable. I‘d recommend it. 4⭐️

#audiobook

Clare-Dragonfly Hmm. I don‘t like audiobooks much but I really enjoyed A Christmas Carol read by Neil Gaiman. Colin Firth might be worth a try! 🤔😄 3w
JenlovesJT47 @Clare-Dragonfly yes! He has a lovely voice 🥰 I pictured that the main character looked like him lol but that‘s fine with me! Neil Gaiman is also an awesome narrator, I‘d listen to him recite the phonebook! 3w
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arlenefinnigan
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CrowCAH You‘re welcome; thanks for joining in on the fun! 1mo
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SophDuncShep
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to love this. But the further into it I got, the more self-indulgent it seemed to get. I didn‘t find either Maurice or Sarah all that interesting later in the book, and my earlier intrigue at how their affair played out gradually wore into annoyance and determination just to finish the damn thing.

I listened to this on audiobook and Colin Firth‘s performance was marvellous so that‘s one thing I liked, I guess. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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REPollock
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Well crap. Once it shifted to the woman‘s POV, it was so ridiculously written (how a man thinks women think about love) that I had to just put it down and stop. Just...no.

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keepingupwiththepenguins
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Mehso-so

The End Of The Affair is a short novel about a scorned lover‘s creepy pursuit of his best mate‘s wife, who dies mid-way through her conversion to Catholicism. It‘s not a romantic read, and probably not one to pick up if you‘re looking to restore your faith in God or humanity, but it's an interesting cautionary tale: never dump an author without telling him why. Full review: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/the-end-of-the-affair-graham-greene/

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REPollock
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Cider on the porch on a temperate evening, and a new ebook to read.

BarbaraBB Perfect. Cheers! 🥂 4mo
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SweetAngst
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Listening to this one again. Colin Firth is perfect.

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arlenefinnigan
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erzascarletbookgasm My first Greene 👍 7mo
Cathythoughts Nice pic 👍🏻 7mo
rohit-sawant 🖤🖤 7mo
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Eggs
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Mehso-so

Sorry this just not my cup of tea. 💁🏼‍♀️Love, jealousy, obsession, God and an angry narrator

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WanderingBookaneer
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Book and movie: The End of the Affair
Song: You Give Love a Bad Name

🎶 Shot through the heart
And you're to blame
Darlin', you give love a bad name 🎶

#ManicMonday

kezzlou85 Love that song so much. 10mo
Nerdy_Bookworm Book: Pride and Prejudice, Movie: The Notebook, Song: My Funny Valentine 10mo
JoScho 💘💙💘 10mo
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GinaKButler
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I think I would listen to Colin Firth read the dictionary...but I‘m loving this book!

BookishMarginalia @WanderingBookaneer Right up your alley! 11mo
WanderingBookaneer @BookishMarginalia : Already read it. 11mo
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JenniferO
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A thought provoking story about forbidden love, love lost and believing in God.

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alliegunther
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My first time listening to an audiobook — and I absolutely love it! #audiobook #classics

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Got this today at the Audible sale (along with Alas, Babylon).
I really don‘t care how it is as long as Colin Firth is reading it. ❤️

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sammisho
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Audible 2 for 1 sale. I can not resist a classic read by a celebrity. I have never even heard of The End of the Affair but Colin Firth is everything. I antcipate major swooning.

mom2bugnbee I have that on my TBR simply because he is narrating. 11mo
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gradcat
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#adventrecommends Day 18 @emilyrose_x
I love Graham Greene—I love everything he writes. IMHO, this is his best. A story fraught with marital indiscretion and it‘s incumbent chaotic “messiness,” Greene (it‘s said) was writing about himself and his love for Catherine Walston (Greene‘s dedicatee). The setting is WWII England, and the bombings in London create a certain tension for one side of a love triangle—quite literally, in fact, as Sarah ⬇️

gradcat (Cont) Miles (Walston‘s fictional stand-in) assumes her lover to have been killed. Jealousy, guilt, and redemption have a lot to do with Greene‘s novels, particularly this one, which is one of the four “Catholic” novels, in which religion figures largely in the plot. You don‘t have to be Catholic to understand what‘s at work here, of course, but if you are, certain themes will have been writ large in your Catholic upbringing. 12mo
LauraBeth I WILL read this one day! 12mo
gradcat @LauraBeth I hope you get around to it someday...I think you would really like it. 😊👍📚 12mo
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gentlepet
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GG & I go wayyyyy back to university days & I am always down to gobble up one of his novels. On multiple trips to Vietnam I have made pilgrimages to those haunts of his still standing. His voice moves me.

So I don‘t know why it took me until now to get to one of his most well known novels, but gosh it was a treat.

sprainedbrain I‘ve had this book for so long... I really need to get to it! 13mo
danx I‘ll have to check his stuff out. 13mo
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KarenUK
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#NoFemmeber #jealousguy
This story is as much about jealousy and obsession as it is about love....
I highly recommend the audiobook read by Colin Firth...... Soooooo good! 💕🎧

Cinfhen Ohhhhh!!! Steamy!!!! I‘ve already stacked ~ now I need to get myself to read the book or see the film 😉 13mo
Kalalalatja Colin Firth narrates? Gaaaaaah 🤤🤤🤤🤤 13mo
BarbaraBB Yay, I really loved this book! 13mo
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Cathythoughts Excellent choice ... 👍🏻❤️ 13mo
Billypar Quite a line! I haven't read a Greene novel in a long time and never this one, but I know it's supposed to be one of his best. 13mo
Blaire One of my all-time favorites. 13mo
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Jeg
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Mehso-so

Don‘t think I was in the mood for this book. Didn‘t get to finish it. I think he wrote it based on an affair he had in real life. Might try it again in the future . Now on to something I can finish! ( hopefully) 😊 @MrsMalaprop

Rissreads I bought this on audible for $8.99 when they had a sale last month. I haven‘t listened to it yet. It won an award as its read by Colin Firth. Maybe try listening to it next time? He could read the telephone book and I would be happy, he has a lovely voice. 14mo
Jeg @Rissreads Sounds good to me. Love his voice , love his looks! I‘m reading a light mystery story right now , much better for me at the moment. 14mo
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Gezemice
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Amazing. I fell in love with Greene‘s writing - straightforward, but powerful, expressing complex emotions with high impact. The title says it - this book is about the end of the affair, of the pain of separation, anxiety, the inability to move on; it is also a religious book, about finding God within another love - ironically, an adulterous affair. I am floored by this book and will be reading more of Greene‘s work. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

KathyWheeler I liked this book a lot. The one I‘ve been meaning to read forever though is The Power and the Glory. 1y
Gezemice @KathyWheeler I was thinking of reading that one as my next Greene, as well. 1y
Cathythoughts Great review ! And great post picture ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Gezemice @Cathythoughts Thank you! The picture is from the 1955 movie, and I thought it was perfect. 1y
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Emilymdxn
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Mixed thoughts on this one. I hated it to begin with but came to love Sarah and the way the love/hate was described. It turned into a kind of sad, restrained Gone Girl between Sarah, Maurice and Henry. I hated the narrator though and I hated the constant self conscious references to writing and narrative structure. The whole protagonist and all his literary devices could have sodded off and left me with a much better book about Sarah. #1001books

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Emilymdxn
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Sarah and I never drank Chianti and now the act of drinking it reminded me of that fact. I might as well have had our favourite claret, I couldn‘t have thought of her more. Even vacancy was crowded with her.

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Emilymdxn
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Jealousy, or so I have always believed, exists only with desire. The Old Testament writers were fond of using the words ‘a jealous God‘, and perhaps it was their rough and oblique way of expressing belief in the love of God for man.

I‘m not really enjoying this book honestly - I hate brusque masculine early 20th century fiction - but this line really stood out to me.

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Emilymdxn
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Next book is The End of the Affair! This has been sitting on my bookshelf for probably nearly ten years! I‘m enjoying the feeling of getting through all these books that I honestly started to doubt I‘d get round to

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Such intense emotions at play. A pretty complex and interesting examination of love and hate (which is not all that different in this story), and throws questions on belief and faith in religion. Maurice‘s self-destructive jealousy and hatred hastened the ruin of their love affair. Didn‘t love it but am fascinated by the interplay of emotions. My first Greene and I look forward to read the few more on my shelf.
#litsyclassics

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erzascarletbookgasm
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My #currentread seems apt for #mylovemylife . In fact, Maurice‘s love for Sarah slowly turns into an obsession (not a spoiler, it‘s in the blurb).

#ABBAInAugust

toofondofbooks Colin Firth narrates the audiobook of this and it is excellent. 😍 1y
Mdargusch Oh that would be a narrator I would love! 1y
emilyhaldi Ooohhh that quote really illustrates the obsession 😅 1y
erzascarletbookgasm @toofondofbooks So I‘ve heard! Ah! too bad I‘m reading a physical copy! 1y
Reviewsbylola I‘ve been curious about this one! 1y
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ElaineHowlin
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GypsyKat
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This was an excellent audiobook, Colin Firth should narrate everything! This book was about so much more than I expected it to be. It wasn‘t just about an affair ending. It was about belief, and the struggle against believing. Belief in God, in love, and in the reasons for existing. An interesting, and beautifully written book.

Moray_Reads I love this book. Pretty sure if love Colin Firth reading it... 1y
Dragon I‘ve read a few of his books but this is my favourite 💙 1y
ElaineHowlin Oh I would so love to listen to Colin Firth narrating this. 1y
GypsyKat @ElaineHowlin He could seriously read the phone book and I‘d be happy lol 1y
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GypsyKat
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I started this audiobook earlier this morning. Colin Firth should narrate all audiobooks! 🙌

Lindy I‘m listening to one narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch; his voice is great too. 1y
Cathythoughts I really must get that ! Colin Firth narrating ❤️ 1y
GypsyKat @Lindy He‘s got a wonderful voice! 1y
Lmstraubie I haven't listened to one narrated by him yet. I may need to try this one out. 1y
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alisahar
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I keep accidentally reading super Catholic books. 🤔

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wanderlustforwords
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4.25
My first Greene was a great experience. He surprised me with an unexpected depth. Love and hate tore the protagonist apart, both making him unhappy. TEOTA, said to be, “... one of Graham Greene‘s Catholic novels.”, portrayed by many of the characters‘ struggle with morality, love and faith. I recommend it, it‘s readable and layered. I have several more Greene‘s on my shelf that I look forward to opening!

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BookishMarginalia
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The end of another chapter in our lives: @WanderingBookaneer and I said goodbye to our school in Puerto Rico yesterday, in a long day that culminated with the senior graduation and post-grad dinner. Lots of tears and bittersweet moments. Next up: moving to our new home in Bradenton, Florida at the end of the month.

KarenUK Best of luck with your move👍..... 💕 2y
Aims42 Awww, sounds so bittersweet 😕 I hope your move goes good!! 2y
TrishB Best of luck with the move 👍🏻 2y
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alysonwrites Many blessings to you both on your move and this new chapter in your lives! 2y
Smrloomis Good luck with the move! 👍🏽 2y
BookwormM Good luck are you teachers or students? 2y
AmyG Wishing you much happiness and good health in your new Florida home. 2y
JacqMac Good luck with the move! 2y
Char @BookishMarginalia best of luck with the move, and wishing for fun and happy memories in Florida for you both 2y
Avanders Good luck!! 2y
Bookzombie Good luck with the move! 2y
maich Good luck❤ 2y
SleepyDragon Don't forget to register to vote once you're stateside. 😁 2y
dragondrool Good luck! 2y
Lizpixie Good luck! No more @TheBookmarkPR pictures😔 2y
BookishMarginalia @NeesyBeth On our first day list is registering to vote! #BlueWave 2y
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Readerann
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This might be closer to a So-So. The writing is great, but there‘s too much religion for me. I want to give Greene another chance. Can anyone suggest another of his that is more ‘secular‘? #1001books

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andrew61
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#LitsyClassics G
I had rd this yrs ago but seemed to take more from it on this reread. The story of a love affair but it is about how love and hate are so close & how the ultimate jealousy is with faith, + the 'you' (god) which seemed fundamental to the graeme greene story. The writing brings 1946 London to life + the interaction of characters is beautifully drawn - a brilliant read that dared to change our perception of the apt ending.

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andrew61
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#GetMovin #Believer
Letter G in my #LitsyClassics challenge is a reread and is deeply based in Greene's catholicism - here the heroine Sarah emotes her belief in the face of her affair.

Cathythoughts This is one I really want to reread too 2y
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Wilkie
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I love hunting for second hand books . They have so much more character and you can‘t beat that old book smell! #Myhappiness #marchintooz

MayJasper Me too. Second hand book shops are my favourite place. 2y
Soubhiville Me too! 2y
Tove_Reads Me three, or maybe four at this point! 2y
CarolynM Sam the Sudden! Love that book!❤️❤️ 2y
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rabbitprincess
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4⭐️ for the Audible audio edition narrated by Colin Firth 😍 The book works best when it's in the head of Maurice; Greene is less convincing when he's writing from the viewpoint of a woman.

ChantelMcCray I bought this on audio specifically to have Colon Firth‘s voice in my head all day. 2y
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rabbitprincess
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The scene where Bendix and Sarah see a film adaptation of one of his books made me smile; he kept wanting to lean over and say "That's not what I wrote" every few minutes.

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rabbitprincess
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Perfect Valentine's Day reading 😂

I'm reading the audiobook narrated by Colin Firth 😍
Also, how adorable is Ralph Fiennes? 😍

RealLifeReading Colin Firth! 2y
rabbitprincess @RealLifeReading The main character / narrator is kind of a dick, but he's being voiced by Colin Firth, so it is a confusing experience 😂 2y
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Sarah83
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Sarah83 Another Litten wants to join 😊 2y
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bookworm.krizia
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This book is an almost favorite. I don't know why I like sad novels but that's the main reason I love this, it just seems real. I also love the way Graham Greene connected love and hate and humans and God. A must read classic!

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chuckstar158
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This one rattled my tea-drinking, crying sweater wearing, philosophy discussing, little soul. I have my complaints but overall, it's a beautifully written story about believing in love and in God and our complicated relationships with both.

Note: Listened to this one on Audible as narrated by Colin Firth. I'd listen to Mr. Firth narrate a takeout menu and then the phone book. He's emotive and simply... sigh... amazing.

Alfoster Ha! Love the pics! And I agree; I love his voice!😍 2y
chuckstar158 @Alfoster Thanks! I downloaded it strictly for his voice. 😍 2y
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Kmmsellers
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Perfect day for a walk and audiobook.

BarbaraBB Beautiful picture! 2y
Kmmsellers @BarbaraBB Thank you! 2y
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Kmmsellers
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So, I decided to do this one on audio instead of a mystery right now. I‘ve been wanting to read this one for a while, and then I saw that Colin Firth narrates it. Yes please!!!

Cathythoughts On my TBR. 💫 2y
Kmmsellers @Cathythoughts I‘m enjoying it so far! Can‘t wait to hear what you think 😊 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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A story of an extramarital affair that didn‘t end well. In order to save her lover‘s life, Sarah made a vow to God, that she will leave her lover, Bendrix, if he is saved from a bombing. She had to keep her promise when Bendrix was found alive and struggled with her vow.
#promises #tuneintonovember

Cinfhen Sounds good! I‘m intrigued 2y
Cathythoughts I have it on my kindle waiting! Looking forward to it. May have to adjust its position on list 👍 2y
BarbaraBB Loved that book! 2y
DeborahSmall Loved this 💕 2y
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Lmtrott
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Lust, guilt, jealousy, love & hate tangled together, along with a searing search for God. This book is perfect, and I had to interrupt my gardening for the final chapter. #modernclassic #theEndoftheAffair #GrahamGreene

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KittenHoliday
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Greene is one of the most beautiful writers I've read. Reading his prose is like swimming through the world. This book is passionate, thoughtful and contains compelling internal conflict as the narrator fights with himself over his love for a woman and disbelief in God.

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KittenHoliday
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"As long as one suffers, one lives."

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Brooke_H
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This is a novel about terrible people doing mean things to each other in complicated and tricky ways. In the hands of a different writer, it could have been a disaster. But Graham Greene is so skilled, every word had me glued to the page. Engrossing and poetic. I loved it.

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Brooke_H
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Graham Greene is gooood...