this is a very long book and i might not have stayed as engaged as i did but for the narration. the story is wonderful. i did not want it to end.
One of our best living authors. This tale of 1960 "swinging London" demonstrates Greene's mastery of cultural nuance and religious flippondery. His portrait of the fierce but vapid young catholic priest wrestling with his faith while pursuing a paisley clad Carnaby Street mod is both searing and inane. Will she or won't she. And if so why the heck not. A tale which could be ripped from today's headlines.
I am not sure if I loved this book because the words themselves were so beautiful and lyrical or because Colin Firth reads beauty and lyricism into the words. Either way, it was incredibly pleasurable to listen. The story was beautiful as well. So much better than the movie which I saw years ago.
Colin Firth was, of course, spectacular. Too good in fact. He portrayed an angry, depressed lover who never understood the meaning of love. I kept hoping he would find some redemption, but his paranoia and anger permeated the whole story. Interesting because of the performer, but ultimately I satisfying.
This story is beautifully narrated by Colin Furth whose voice I could listen to raptly while he read the proverbial phone book. That voice saves the imperfect wallowing ruminations of Bendrix, the author protagonist, from common self pity when the editor was lax about tightening the narrative. And that is my only complaint about this brilliant story.
The plot about the end of an affair and it's surprising twist of acceptance travels from the hero , Bendrix', judgemental lonely longing to lust and sex and on to the cuckhold husband, the idealized woman, a man's self hate, loss, anger jealousy, a private detective and ultimately negotiating with and also doubting God.
How Graham Greene writes the implausible plot believably shows the exquisite craftsmanship of a master of characterization, rotating POV, balance of plot, and display the human spirit. Shows why the classics inspire ageless vitality and compassion.
I really didn't like this book very much, yet I couldn't put it down. the emotion of the characters were so raw, I just had to know the end.