Graham Greene

Graham Greene was an English novelist, short story writer, playwright, and journalist. He is known for his literary works that explore the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world. Greene combined serious literary acclaim with widespread popularity, and many of his works such as 'The Power and the Glory', 'The End of the Affair', and 'Our Man in Havana' have been adapted into successful films. His writing style is characterized by the themes of Catholicism, betrayal, and human sin. He was also noted for his ability to blend deep characterizations with exciting external narratives.


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  1. 1. Brighton Rock

    "Brighton Rock" is a thrilling crime novel set in 1930s Brighton, revolving around the life of a young gangster, who is involved in a series of violent acts and murders. The narrative also explores the themes of Catholicism, morality, and the nature of sin, as the protagonist struggles with his religious beliefs and the guilt of his actions. The story is further complicated by the involvement of a naive young woman who falls in love with the gangster, unaware of his dark side.

    The 278th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The End of the Affair

    Set in London during and just after World War II, the novel revolves around a love affair between Maurice Bendrix, a writer, and Sarah Miles, the wife of a civil servant. The story is narrated by Bendrix, who is obsessed with Sarah and hires a private investigator to follow her when he suspects she's having another affair. The novel explores themes of love, hate, and the existence of God, with Sarah's faith playing a significant role in the narrative.

    The 285th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Power and the Glory

    The novel is set during the Mexican Revolution, focusing on a whisky priest who is on the run from the authorities who have outlawed Catholicism. The priest, who is flawed and sinful, travels across the country to evade capture, minister to the faithful, and find a way to repent for his sins. Despite his moral failings, the priest's compassion and commitment to his faith make him a symbol of hope and resilience in the face of oppression. The book explores themes of faith, redemption, and the human struggle with sin.

    The 350th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. The Quiet American

    Set during the French colonial war in Vietnam, this novel follows a British journalist and a young American idealist who become friends and find themselves in a love triangle with a Vietnamese woman. As the war escalates, the journalist becomes disillusioned with the American's naïve political views and the destructive impact of foreign intervention. The story is a critique of American involvement in Vietnam, exploring themes of love, friendship, and moral ambiguity.

    The 668th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. The Heart of the Matter

    The novel follows the story of a British colonial police officer stationed in Sierra Leone during World War II. He is an honest and diligent man but finds himself in a moral crisis when he is torn between his duty and his love for another woman. He is caught in a spiral of deceit, corruption, and betrayal that leads to his tragic end. The narrative delves into themes of guilt, faith, betrayal, and moral paradoxes.

    The 597th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. Our Man In Havana

    The book is a satirical espionage novel set in pre-revolutionary Cuba, where a hapless vacuum cleaner salesman is recruited by British intelligence to serve as their operative in Havana. Despite his lack of experience and qualifications, he fabricates intelligence reports to appease his superiors, inadvertently triggering a cascade of increasingly absurd and dangerous events. As the line between fiction and reality blurs, the protagonist finds himself entangled in a web of deception and political intrigue that satirizes the absurdities of the Cold War era and the follies of intelligence agencies.

    The 955th Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. The Third Man

    Set in post-World War II Vienna, the story revolves around an American writer who arrives in the city to discover that his childhood friend, whom he had planned to meet, has recently died in a mysterious accident. As he delves deeper into the circumstances surrounding his friend's death, he uncovers a web of intrigue involving black market dealings, corrupt officials, and a complex moral landscape. The writer's investigation leads him to question loyalty, morality, and the ambiguous nature of friendship in a city divided by occupation and rife with espionage and criminality.

    The 1015th Greatest Book of All Time
  8. 8. The Honorary Consul

    Set in a remote city on the Parana River in Argentina, the novel follows the story of a British honorary consul who is mistakenly kidnapped by revolutionaries who intended to kidnap the American ambassador. As the consul battles alcoholism and depression, his young wife embarks on an affair with a local doctor, who is drawn into the political drama as he attempts to negotiate the consul's release. The book explores themes of love, political unrest, and moral ambiguity.

    The 2443rd Greatest Book of All Time
  9. 9. Monsignor Quixote

    "Monsignor Quixote" is a modern take on the classic Don Quixote tale, set in post-Franco Spain. The story follows a village priest who is elevated to the rank of monsignor through a clerical error, and his friend, the town's ex-mayor who is a staunch communist. The unlikely pair embarks on a journey across Spain, engaging in philosophical debates about faith, politics, and life. The journey and their friendship mirror the adventures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, with the narrative exploring the absurdities and contradictions of life, religion, and politics.

    The 3424th Greatest Book of All Time
  10. 10. Travels With My Aunt

    This novel follows the adventures of Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager, who leads a quiet life tending to his dahlias until he reunites with his eccentric Aunt Augusta at his mother's funeral. Aunt Augusta, a woman with a colorful past and an insatiable thirst for adventure, draws Henry into a series of unexpected journeys that take them from England to Paris, Istanbul, and South America. Along the way, Henry is introduced to a world of smuggling, intrigue, and characters who challenge his previously staid existence. Through these experiences, Henry discovers a zest for life he never knew he possessed, as he learns that adventure and excitement can be found at any age.

    The 4151st Greatest Book of All Time
  11. 11. A Gun For Sale

    This novel is a gripping tale of intrigue and betrayal, revolving around the life of Raven, a disfigured hitman who is embroiled in international espionage after being hired to assassinate a European minister. The plot thickens as Raven becomes a fugitive, pursued by both the police and his own employers, who seek to silence him to cover up their involvement. Along the way, he forms an unlikely alliance with a sympathetic chorus girl, which leads to unexpected twists and a deeper exploration of themes such as morality, identity, and the corrupting influence of power. Set against the backdrop of pre-World War II Europe, the narrative delves into the dark underbelly of society, exposing the complexities of human nature and the consequences of violence.

    The 4151st Greatest Book of All Time
  12. 12. The Ministry Of Fear

    Set against the backdrop of World War II London during the Blitz, this gripping novel follows Arthur Rowe, a man haunted by guilt over his wife's mercy killing. His life takes a dramatic turn when he unwittingly wins a cake at a fête, which thrusts him into a world of espionage, murder, and intrigue. As Rowe becomes entangled in a complex web of spies and secret organizations, he must navigate a landscape where trust is scarce, and the line between friend and foe is blurred. The narrative masterfully combines elements of suspense, psychological depth, and the exploration of morality under the pressures of wartime, delivering a compelling story of a man's quest for redemption amidst chaos.

    The 4151st Greatest Book of All Time
  13. 13. The Human Factor

    The novel delves into the intricate world of espionage, centering on a British intelligence operative who, disillusioned with his nation's foreign policy and personal tragedies, becomes a mole for the Soviet Union. As he navigates the morally ambiguous terrain of loyalty and betrayal, the story explores themes of love, guilt, and the clash between personal ethics and duty. The protagonist's quiet life is disrupted as his superiors begin to suspect a leak within the agency, leading to an introspective and suspenseful narrative that examines the human motivations behind political treachery.

    The 6247th Greatest Book of All Time
  14. 14. Journey Without Maps

    This travelogue details the author's trek through the interior of Liberia, a journey undertaken in the 1930s. The narrative provides a vivid account of the people, culture, and harsh realities of life in the African interior, as well as the author's own introspections and experiences. The journey is both a physical exploration of a little-known part of the world and a philosophical exploration of the author's own beliefs and values.

    The 8633rd Greatest Book of All Time