The End of the Affair

The End of the Affair

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By (author) Graham Greene, Introduction by Monica Ali

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 16mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 2 November 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099478447
  • ISBN 13: 9780099478447
  • Sales rank: 11,871

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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY MONICA ALI The love affair between Maurice Bendrix 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, Bendrix hires a private detective to follow Sarah, and slowly his love for her turns into an obsession.

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Graham Greene was born in 1904. On coming down from Balliol College, Oxford, he worked for four years as sub-editor on The Times. He established his reputation with his fourth novel, Stamboul Train. In 1935 he made a journey across Liberia, described in Journey Without Maps, and on his return was appointed film critic of the Spectator. In 1926 he had been received into the Roman Catholic Church and visited Mexico in 1938 to report on the religious persecution there. As a result he wrote The Lawless Roads and, later, his famous novel The Power and the Glory. Brighton Rock was published in 1938 and in 1940 he became literary editor of the Spectator. The next year he undertook work for the Foreign Office and was stationed in Sierra Leone from 1941 to 1943. This later produced the novel The Heart of the Matter, set in West Africa. As well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, three books of autobiography - A Sort of Life, Ways of Escape and A World of My Own (published posthumously) - two of biography and four books for children. He also contributed hundreds of essays, and film and book reviews, some of which appear in the collections Reflections and Mornings in the Dark. Many of his novels and short stories have been filmed and The Third Man was written as a film treatment. Graham Greene was a member of the Order of Merit and a Companion of Honour. He died in April 1991.

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"One of the most true and moving novels of my time, in anybody's language" William Faulkner "In a class by himself...the ultimate chronicler of twentieth-century man's consciousness and anxiety" -- William Golding "Devastating study of the collision of different kinds of faith, betrayal and commitment" The Times "This novel had a great effect on my life... This is not a sentimental book, or one full of the kindness of God, in that both the man and the woman suffer the pain of loss and feel the heat of hell. This novel persuaded me to become a Catholic" -- Beryl Bainbridge Guardian "Greene's novel of illicit love captures perfectly the atmosphere of rainy wartime London - try to read this in one sitting if you can" Express