I’ll tell anyone who asks that a vital part of being a well-rounded reader is reading biographies, and in some cases a well-edited collection of personal correspondence can be just as insightful and informative as a traditional biography. That is very much the case with this book. Richard Greene (no relation) has very effectively selected and arranged the letters most representative of Greene’s relationships, character, and personal shifts.
Greene’s letters are a thoroughgoing testament to his literary brilliance, and a wrenching diary of his struggle to Continue reading
A short review of Graham Greene’s Orient Express (aka Stamboul Train in UK):
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 Continue reading
Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory is a perfect Easter story.
It is the 1930’s and the (unnamed) Mexican state of Tabasco has outlawed Christ and killed most of His priests. The flawed whiskey priest hopes to escape and take the easy road to Vera Cruz, but through slow difficulty realizes that the way of the vera cruz, the “true cross,” is the path of the martyr. Originally released in the US as “The Labyrinthine Ways,” The Power and the Glory is set in a maze-like world of darkness, and the symbol standing at the edge of that maze–the cross–is the same one standing at the center of our own world and history.
“He knew now that at the end there was only one thing that counted – to be a saint.”
“There is a virtue in slowness which we have lost. Rocinante was of more value for a true traveler than a jet plane. Jet planes were for businessmen.”
–Monsignor Quixote, 94
An encouraging thought in, among other circumstances, the event of writer’s block.