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by Graham Greene

  • ISBN: 0435179381
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  • Author: Graham Greene
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Heinemann Educational Publishers; New edition edition (May 1969)
  • Pages: 272
  • ePub book: 1812 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7
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The Heart of the Matter (1948) is a novel by English author Graham Greene. The book details a life-changing moral crisis for Henry Scobie.

The Heart of the Matter (1948) is a novel by English author Graham Greene. Greene, a British intelligence officer in Freetown, British Sierra Leone, drew on his experience there. Although Freetown is not mentioned in the novel, Greene confirms the location in his 1980 memoir, Ways of Escape. The Heart of the Matter was enormously popular, selling more than 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom upon its release.

Graham Greene was born in 1904. This later produced the novel, The Heart of the Matter, set in West Africa

Graham Greene was born in 1904. He established his reputation with his fourth novel, Stamboul Train. This later produced the novel, The Heart of the Matter, set in West Africa. As well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, three books of autobiography – A Sort of Life, Ways of Escape and A World of My Own (published posthumously) – two of biography and four books for children.

Henry Graham Greene OM CH (2 October 1904 – 3 April 1991), better known by his pen name Graham Greene, was an English novelist regarded by many as one of the leading English novelists of the 20th century

Henry Graham Greene OM CH (2 October 1904 – 3 April 1991), better known by his pen name Graham Greene, was an English novelist regarded by many as one of the leading English novelists of the 20th century. Combining literary acclaim with widespread popularity, Greene acquired a reputation early in his lifetime as a major writer, both of serious Catholic novels, and of thrillers (or "entertainments" as he termed them). He was shortlisted, in 1966 and 1967, for the Nobel Prize for Literature

Graham Greene is one of the most beloved and prolific writers of the 20th century. As an undergraduate at Oxford College, Greene studied modern history. In 1925, he published his first book, a collection of sentimental poetry called Babbling April.

Graham Greene is one of the most beloved and prolific writers of the 20th century. Greene was born on October 2nd, 1904 in Berkhamsted, England.

Graham Greene English writer whose novels treat life’s moral ambiguities in the context of contemporary political settings. Despite the downbeat tone of much of his subject matter, Greene was in fact one of the most widely read British novelists of the 20th century. His books’ unusual popularity is partly due to his production of thrillers featuring crime and intrigue but more importantly to his superb gifts as a storyteller, especially his masterful selection of detail and his use of realistic dialogue in a fast-paced narrative. Throughout his career, Greene was fascinated by film, and he often emulated cinematic techniques in his writing.

The Publisher Says: Graham Greene's masterpiece The Heart of the Matter tells the story of a good man enmeshed in love, intrigue, and evil in a West African coastal town.

Scobie, in my opinion, dug his own grave and had an immense capacity for lying to himself ("I didn't know myself that's al. ), yet for most of the novel I believed his struggle was honest and well intended. The Publisher Says: Graham Greene's masterpiece The Heart of the Matter tells the story of a good man enmeshed in love, intrigue, and evil in a West African coastal town.

The Heart of the Matter is another of Graham Greene’s true masterpieces. Set on Africa’s West Coast during World War II, The Heart of the Matter describes the mental and moral crises of Major Henry Scobie, a British man who has served for years as assistant police commissioner, and has just been passed over for promotion. Scobie’s struggles with his marriage and moral obligation were, no doubt, informed by Greene’s own. The Heart of the Matter.

Graham Greene is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. This carefully crafted novel sneaks up on the reader unless he or she is forewarned

Graham Greene is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. The Heart of the Matter is a wonderful example of the depth of his creativity and understanding of the human condition. This carefully crafted novel sneaks up on the reader unless he or she is forewarned. The story could be situated anywhere, but in the barest of civilizations, wonderfully detailed by the author, it is especially poignant. It is certainly one of the most moving and essential pieces of fiction of the last century.

Greene went on to Oxford, where he studied modern history and served as. .To what extent can The Heart of the Matter be read as a critique of the Catholic Church?

During this period, Greene briefly joined the Communist Party and published a book of poetry, Babbling April. When his first novel, The Man Within, was published in 1929 Greene resigned from the paper to write full time. After struggling to reach a larger audience with his next two books, he achieved great success with Stamboul Train (1932), which was published as Orient Express in the United States. To what extent can The Heart of the Matter be read as a critique of the Catholic Church?

Graham Greene, the British author whose novels of suspense and moral ambiguity plumbed the sordid politics of the modern world and the inner torments of mankind, died yesterday at La Providence Hospital in Vevey, near Lake Geneva in Switzerland.

Graham Greene, the British author whose novels of suspense and moral ambiguity plumbed the sordid politics of the modern world and the inner torments of mankind, died yesterday at La Providence Hospital in Vevey, near Lake Geneva in Switzerland. He was 86 years old. The official cause of death was not immediately known, but his daughter, Caroline Bourget, told Reuters that her father died of a blood disease.

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Comments

Banal Banal
Graham Greene is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. The Heart of the Matter is a wonderful example of the depth of his creativity and understanding of the human condition. A deeply religious man, in the truest sense of the word, the main character, Major Scobie, is caught between moral righteousness and religious doctrine; specifically that of the Catholic church. This carefully crafted tale was written more than half a century ago, well before much of the hypocrisy of the Church had been exposed. Actually, the priest in this isolated West African province , is one of the most morally innocent characters in the book. It is the dogma of the church itself and the impact on its victims that is exposed so beautifully and subtly.

The major, caught between his demanding wife and his young ward, is the true victim here. The church's regulations on thought and behavior, leaving nothing to the reason of the believer, is shown in all its emptiness. Major Scobie, the lifelong devout Catholic, is left with only the most hideous of choices in his quest for righteousness.

This carefully crafted novel sneaks up on the reader unless he or she is forewarned. The story could be situated anywhere, but in the barest of civilizations, wonderfully detailed by the author, it is especially poignant. It is certainly one of the most moving and essential pieces of fiction of the last century.
Reighbyra Reighbyra
Graham Greene's "The Heart of The Matter" is a poignant, exceptionally well written book that looks into the flawed, deeply religious beliefs, of a deputy Police Commissioner in the British Police force patrolling a West African colony during World War 2. The setting, like so many of Mr. Greene's novel, is exotic and the harsh climate of this African colony is a major and an enthralling character all itself.

The book is highly descriptive and the author weaves it wonderfully into the narrative. It lists at a little over 250 pages, but it is more like a 350 page book. I strongly recommend this book, but I warn that this is not a book to be rushed through. It is a deep and penetrating look at religion and colonization and it leaves the reader pondering many important issues that are as relevant today as the day this wonderful novel was published.
Wen Wen
Other reviewers have said that his writing is"exquisite" and "transcendent," which is true; here is a sample: "Over the sanitary inspector's shoulder Scobie could see the enormous range of the night. The fireflies signalled to and fro along the edge of the hill and the lamp of a patrol boat moving on the bay could be distinguished only by its steadiness." This bit is completely unnecessary to the narrative -- just thrown in there as a some local color. But it's arresting and beautiful. Greene has been described as a "film man," and he does make you SEE things.
It has been said that "a fictional marrative should show and not tell," and Greene is brilliant in doing that. This is the first of his books that I've read, and I'm hooked. On the other hand, I found it difficult to believe in Scobie, his protagonist, who allows himself to be tormented by his nagging, neurotic, self-centered wife (as a high-level police officer, one would expect him to be tougher). Also, this is one of Greene's "Catholic" novels, and the last third of the book goes on at great length about Scobie's relationship with the Church and God. As a nonbeliever, I felt that Scobie would have been better served by a good therapist, were one available at his time and place..
Mejora Mejora
The main character suffers from awful weather and isolation. His marriage is kaput. The writing is exquisite but you wonder how any Brits survive in their colonial outposts.
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A tremendous novel. Graham Greene is rapidly becoming my favourite novelist. His writing is transcendent. Mr. Greene paints masterful pictures, scenes, vignettes, in one's head. His scapes are better than anywhere else on planet Earth.
Matty Matty
Graham Greene was one of the twentieth century's finest English-language novelists. His writing has several key traits: a spare, lucid style; a flair for portraying the human heart in conflict with itself; a profound spirituality, drawn from his Catholic faith; a sly, ironic sense of humor, expressed with particular power in dramatizing people caught up in the absurdities and vanities of political and social upheaval; and a skillful use of his personal experience in the British intelligence service--expertise he deployed to create cunning and wildly entertaining storylines expressing eternal themes. He wrote two kinds of books: first, what he called "entertainments", basically spy thrillers such as "The Third Man"; and "novels", deeply profound explorations of the human soul in conflict with itself--including, in this collection, his masterpiece, "The Power and the Glory".
Cordabor Cordabor
I enjoyed this novel much more than I thought I would. Excellent writing, and a quickly moving storyline that kept me interested and anticipating the final outcome. Glad that Graham Greene is now on my reading list, I’ll read more of his books. Good stuff.
A haunting, beautifully written tale, set in early 20th-century British colonial West Africa, on the nature of love, friendship, duty, truth, and loss.