Short Review: Orient Express

A short review of Graham Greene’s Orient Express (aka Stamboul Train in UK):

Graham Greene Stamboul Train cover art penguin publishing

Greene wrote in one introduction to the book, “for the first and last time in my life I deliberately set out to write a book to please, one which with luck might be made into a film.” He succeeded, and Stamboul Train/Orient Express established him as a novelist. It is a satisfying”entertainment” that uses the train setting to cleverly interweave several plotlines–including a romance, political intrigue, and a murderer’s flight from justice. Essentially a thriller intended to achieve the widest appeal, Orient Express (in the character of Dr. Czinner) does reveal just a touch of the deeper religious questions Greene would begin to take up more actively later in novels like Brighton Rock.

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