E–pub (England Made Me)
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E–pub (England Made Me)
In the memory personally I feel that when Greene is good he is very good but when he is poor he is shocking and this falls nearer the latter than the former but perhaps that is because I never went to public school 79th book of 2020This is a slightly odd book by Greene head hopping perspective an odd plot a bodyguard in Stockholm some strange incestuous undertones between the brother and sister characters Though I can t fault Greene s writing I never would I certainly think this is a lesser work of his But as his entertainments say on the tin entertaining nonetheless And another Greene ticked off A story about Anthony Tarrant and his two sister Kate Tony is a failure albeit a charming one who never sticks at anything He has been dismissed from jobs around the world due to his way of corrupting the staff His sister Kate gets him a job in Stockholm with her lover Krogh a millionaire Swedish industrialist The story follows Tony in Stockholm s Krogh s bodyguard We meet the distasteful Minty a journalist and in the background a sycophant and worshipper of Krogh and who will do anything for him Tony meets Loo an English woman from Coventry on holiday with her parents The lust or misplaced love is not nice to ead Tony though a scoundrel has standards and a moral code which he foolishly decides to follow It is odd to think this book set in 1935 echoes what happens today in the financial world and how it all went is about the image you portray It eminded me of Bernie Madoff There is also the love between Kate and Tony with it bordering on dangerous grounds Her jealousy of his other women and wanting him all to herself Not Greene s best work Great characters atmospheric although the women were three dimensional and the plot was weak Still an enjoyable ead It is a splendid bookAnd if You think it was his first work Sensitive and with plenty of beauty in the scenaries and well depicted main characters A story of love and friendship settled in the old days meaning eg the fifties where ethics intervene eassuring the eader about how things must be Highly ecommendable for all sort of people Is not easy not to be moved by a so touching story and way of writing One would like to be as the main character Although appearing this one as a bit of a guy with a fake past and a good for nothing Because at the end is the one who shows what one must not do and where one shall not be involved in Charming people would You think when it begins Though his sister s affair the millionaire gooses chasing lover is not precisely that Lovely story from a great author anyway Nowadays Greene may be considered a bit naive he may be superficial too in some of his works or eserved to girls and guys around seventeen For times passes and in Art maybe than in anything else Besides Le Carr showed up in the sixties and about the spies genre he swept Greene and some others somehow For sure not all GG dealt about the Spy novels And of course Greene has mature works that may be bettercan t tell did not follow this author Was a bit the bestseller kind during a long time think Only ead and liked The Man Within and A Burnt Out Case some may think this one is better and watched The Third Man how not Read Our Man in Havanna too which has a fine sense of humour but found not much in that one A tad childish the Havana Man About The Thin Man watched too and bored me So stopped following this author Anycase happen to ew ead this England Made Me once years after my fourteen when ead it for first time and stood liking it A small jewel a bit forgotten Sometimes the beginnings of a writer maybe better than the ones done when already famous Wasn t it better A Burnt Out Case than The Comedians or The Power and the Glory or The Human Factor And weren t those much famous instead At least A Burnt Out Case I liked But to me the ones I just mentioned were very boring don t even emember if I could have finish them Same applies to The End of the Affair boring and besides am not a believer Agnostic as much Could not finish it Anycase perhaps GG has grown old badly and is even too naive and for teens than he ever was That s another one An enormous Swedish business concern is about to go global Secretly it is in dire. Fend Anthony's innate decency Outraged and blind to isk he leaks information to Minty a shabby journalist and fellow victim of life a decision that will lead to disastrous conseuencesFor than seventy years Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than 1700 titles
The most memorable characters in Graham Greene s 1935 novel England Made Me are as always the failures Anthony Farrant has been fired from jobs everywhere from Aden to Shanghai He has been black balled from countless clubs in countless in countless cities Anthony Farrant in his one good suit his Harrow tie a lie of course with his boyish charm and his charming lies He s not uite a crook in fact he believes in most of his money making schemes As one employer put it they had to get id of him not because he d actually done anything they had nothing specific to complain about but he had managed to corrupt the entire office Minty is another failure another familiar denizen of Greeneland Minty eally did go to Harrow where every shred of self espect was stripped from him Minty s life has been a life of humiliation a life of survival in spite of those humiliations Like so many of Greene s most pathetic characters Minty is a Catholic as was Greene In his sualid oom in Stockholm one of his few possessions is a plaster Madonna Minty always says his prayers giving thanks for his continued survival and giving thanks to his freuent petty evenges Minty s only companion is a spider that has taken up esidence in his oom Minty doesn t kill the spider that would be too clean too merciful Anthony s sister is the mistress of Krogh a fabulously wealthy Swedish capitalist and she gets him a job as Krogh s bodyguard Anthony s morality is flexible but not flexible enough to countenance the kind of dishonesty that is normal business practice in the coming new world of capitalism Anthony discovers to his own surprise that there are things even he won t do Greene s world is a corrupt world a world with very little hope where life is a series of disappointments and failures Those with eligious faith lead lives that are just as sualid and hopeless as the lives of those without eligion It all sounds very depressing but Greene writes so beautifully about failure he writes so avishingly about corruption This is a great book by a man who may well have been the greatest English writer of the 20th century This is probably the weirdest Graham Greene book I ve ead He experiments with shifting points of view and cubistic description in ways that along with the novel s incestuous themes make me think Greene must have ead a little Faulkner AS I LAY DYING and THE SOUND AND THE FURY before writing this There are some passages of gorgeous sadness that are up there with the best of Greene s work His depiction of Anthony Farrant and Loo s lovemaking is one such moment On the whole though this isn t Greene at his best The story is too vague and abstract which I think is the point Krogh and Krogh s are a critiue of the deadening effects of industrial capitalism blah blah but it enders inert Greene s greatest strength his ability to make the particular into something universally felt and the universal into the particularly poignant Worth eading only if you have ead most of Greene s other work first and are a completist like me If this book had been writen in the last few years with it s banking crisis and failing economies you could say that he was just merely jumping on the bandwagon but this was first published in 1935 and was the book that was said to have brought him to prominence within the literary communityAs with many of Greene s books he paints a moody scene but there is little action and all the characters are seen as flawed damaged by public school lifeThe book is basically about the decline of a conman Anthony Farrant who has been sacked from various jobs and kicked out of gentlmens clubs all over the world but finds a kindred spirit in his sister s bossboyfriend Krogh who gives him a job Ultimately Farrant is killed by a jealous accolyte of KroghAlthough the elationship between Farrant and his twin sister Kate is interesting this book fell ather flat with me I personally found none of the characters particularily appealing and although the book is supposed to be about personal morality none seemed to show anything but a selfish self centred personality The character Minty I found particularily distastefulAlthough this was an interesting ead it is not one which will live long. From master storyteller Graham Greene comes the tale of Anthony Farrant who has boasted lied and cheated his way through jobs all over the world Then his adoring twin sister Kate gets him taken on as the bodyguard of Krogh her lover and boss a megalomaniac Swedish financier All goes well until Krogh gives orders that of.
Straits Erich Krogh a cold lonely self made man is covering up some sleazy unethical financing that will be healed as long as the American deal goes throughSounds like it s ipped from today s headlines doesn t itKate Farrant Krogh s British assistant and lover is an efficient practical intelligent young woman who loves her ne er do well twin brother just a little too much Anthony is charming and handsome and sad one of life s eternal losers who unfailingly manages to screw up every opportunity that comes his way When Krogh gives him instructions that go against his sense of what is wrong and ight he ebels sealing his own fateThere is some breathtaking writing in this book styles and perspectives shifting in a gorgeous Joycean way I had to keep putting it down for fear of what would happen to the characters always a good sign when I m eading It deserves to be well known No no no no no Just when I thought Greene had begun to find his stride as a writer and that The Heart of the Matter eally was his worst book England Made Me proves me wrong There are some great passages all mostly within the first 30 pages and then it is downhill from thereplot wise Because the story became so boring that I still have problems ecollecting what actually happened And I only just finished the bookOn the positives Whatever happened between 1934 and 1935 Greene has now ealised that female characters are also three dimensional individuals and that portraying women in novels as cliched side kicks is best left to the Ian Flemings of this world It was true she always knew she was his elder by half an hour she had she sometimes thought with a sense of shame by so little outstripped him in the pursuit of the masculine virtues eliability efficiency and left him with what would have served most women better his charm I am aware of the anachronism but can t help myself comparing Greene and Fleming from time to timeReview first posted on Booklikes This is only my second Greene after The Honorary Consul and although I enjoyed that this left me distinctly underwhelmed The Swedish setting could have been interesting but Sweden exists only to supply a bit of background nearly all the characters are English and that background is grey wet and depressing There were flashes of interest in some of the characters and occasionally in the plot butNone of the characters are likeable and the plot is so thin I sometimes got bored Krogh is a socialist caricature of an evil capitalist and he and his corrupt empire don t seem to me to come to life on the page The most interesting character is Minty Although just as epellent as the other characters his story hints at Greene s own internal conflicts Like Greene Minty was bullied at school and converted to Catholicism Well call me a heartless bastard if you like but life isn t easy for any of us and for an adult to mope on about his unhappy schooldays especially when they were as privileged as Minty sGreene s makes me think they should just Get Over It Minty s Catholicism is eually unconvincing and seems to make no difference to his miserable and corrupted life In fact the only evidence of it is his possession of a collection of superstitious trinkets Instead of putting him in the category of Thomas a Kempis this just makes him look childish as if the only point of his Faith was to assemble magical tat to turn away his school bullies I intend to ead Greene especially The Power and the Glory and I won t be put off by this But I think it s a pity it is included in Bloxall s 1001 Books List there are at least five Greene novels on the consolidated multi edition list 1300 or so of the best books in world literature of all time and Greene bags five places This seems excessive and I think even most admirers of Greene would concede that this one doesn t eally deserve to be there As a character study excellently doneGreat atmosphere and the style is special Every word is exactly as it should beWomen are not stereotypical women caught in their time but three dimensional and not what the men want them to beIt s about familyAnd yet it is difficult to ead not easy and not very light So it took me longer than expected But I liked it it just didn t blow me away. Enguin Classics epresents 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 translato.