Highly literary writing often makes this one slow-going, but it's worth the read. Greene explores the theme of committment, in every definition throughout the book. With a single sentence muttered entirely out of fear, one character changes two lives forever. The depth to which Greene considers how committed a person can possibly be to a person, an idea, or a life is possibly the greatest study of this act in literature.
Recommended if you're looking for a deep and satisfying read.
One of the greatest love stories in modern fiction. Second perhaps only to Nabokov's "Lolita." Not for the squeamish though -- the speaker informs the reader at the outset of the story that it is one of hate, not love, which, of course, is the best angle from which to approach a deeper unserstanding of love. Greene's finest work, in my opinion.
I picked up this book after reading Ian McEwan's Atonement, which left me feeling utterly stupid b/c I just didn't "get it." This book restored my faith in my own brain. What a fabulous story, great writing, vivid descriptions. Was very glad I picked up a classic for the first time in ages.
I enjoyed the story even if it was slow reading.
A great writer, Graham Greene keeps you turning the pages in this novel about a novelist's love affair with his friend's wife. It begins in London during the Blitz. One day, without warning, Sarah break it off. Two years later, driven by obsessive jealousy and grief, the novelist sends a private detective to follow Sarah and find out the truth.
An interesting book, though I hate the lover stuff.
I enjoyed the film more than the book.
A must-read for any Graham Greene fan!
OK. I thought I would love this. There were parts where I did. But I just could not get my head into it at all.
Greene expertly captures the emotions involved when one passionately loves someone, and hates and resents anyone or anything that stands in the way of being with the person that matters most in ones life. Ill be thinking of Bendrix, Sarah and Henry for a long time to come.
Extraordinary read; I can't wait to watch the movie.