Travels with My Aunt

Travels with My Aunt : (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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""I met Aunt Augusta for the first time at my mother's funeral..."" Described by Graham Greene as "the only book I have written just for the fun of it," "Travels with My Aunt" is the story of Hanry Pulling, a retired and complacent bank manager who meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time at what he supposes to be his mother's funeral. She soon persuades Henry to abandon his dull suburban existence to travel "her "way winding through Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, and Paraguay. Through Aunt Augusta, one of Greene's greatest comic creations, Henry joins a shiftless, twilight society; mixes with hippies, war criminals, and CIA men; smokes pot; and breaks all currency regulations. Originally published in 1970, "Travels with My Aunt" offers intoxicating entertainment, yet also confronts some of the most perplexing human dilemmas. This Penguin Deluxe Edition features an introduction by Gloria Emerson. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators."show more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 145 x 210 x 20mm | 299.38g
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143039008
  • 9780143039006
  • 164,650

About Graham Greene

Graham Greene (1904-1991), whose long life nearly spanned the length of the twentieth century, was one of its greatest novelists. Educated atBerkhamstedSchoolandBalliolCollege, Oxford, he started his career as a sub-editor of theLondonTimes.""He began to attract notice as a novelist with his fourth book, Orient Express," "in 1932. In 1935, he trekked across northernLiberia, his first experience inAfrica, told inA Journey Without Maps(1936). He converted to Catholicism in 1926, an edifying decision, and reported on religious persecution inMexicoin 1938 inThe Lawless Roads," "which served as a background for his famousThe Power and the Glory, one of several Catholic novels (BrightonRock," "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 asThe Quiet American," "Our Man in Havana," "The Comedians," "Travels with My Aunt," "The Honorary Consul," "The Human Factor," "Monsignor Quixote," "andThe 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 LifeandWays of Escape, two biographies, and four books for children. He also contributed hundreds of essays and film and book reviews toThe Spectatorand other journals, many of which appear in the late collectionReflections.""Most of his novels have been filmed, includingThe 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."show more