"The Third Man

"The Third Man

Paperback Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics

By (author) Graham Greene

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 12mm | 118g
  • Publication date: 1 July 1992
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 014018533X
  • ISBN 13: 9780140185331
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 57,389

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"The Third Man" is Greene's brilliant recreation of post-war Vienna, a city of desolate poverty occupied by four powers. Rollo Martins, a second-rate novelist, arrives penniless in Vienna to visit his old friend and hero Harry Lime. Harry is dead, but the circumstances surrounding his death are highly suspicious, and his reputation, at the very least, dubiousGraham Greene said of "The Third Man" that he 'wanted to entertain [people], to frighten them a little, to make them laugh' and the result is both a compeling narrative and a haunting thriller. "The Fallen Idol" is the chilling story of a small boy caught up in the games that adults play. Left in the care of the butler, Baines, and his wife, Philip realizes too late the danger of lies and deceit. But the truth is even deadlier.

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Graham Greene (1904-1991) was a prolific novelist, short story writer, travel writer and children's book writer. Many of his novels and short stories have been successfully adapted to the movie screen, including The Third Man (directed by Orson Welles), The End of The Affair, and The Quiet American

Editorial reviews

The story for the motion picture which has had a sensationally successful critical and popular reception, this although it may not be as "finished" (the author) as the film for which it was written, is still a highly effective experience in suspense. Against the backdrop of the strangely, silent streets of postwar Vienna, this follows the search for the third man said to have witnessed the death of Harry Lime as it is undertaken by Rollo Martins, Lime's friend of twenty years, a rather fatuous and adolescent American. And as the inquiry leads from those who know Harry to the girl who loved him, to the folio of a man from Scotland Yard, the climax is reached with the resurrection of the dead man and a stalk through the sewers of the city. The case here, the use of occasional characterization, the unrelieved and undeviating tension demonstrate again a mastery of this medium. (Kirkus Reviews)