This was a compelling book to listen to and contrasted well with the book I had just finished which was also about an antihero who had a different lack of insight into the effect his actions had on other people. 'Any Human Heart' by William Boyd. In Graham Greene's novel, the antihero is intentionally self-destructive. In William Boyd's novel, the antihero is destructive by being naive to the effects his selfish behavior has on other people.
The conflict with the love of God contrasting with the frailty of the characters in the book. This book is one of Graham Greene's 'Catholic Books.' "This is a story of hate," says the protagonist. However, it isn't. It is a story of the pain of love.
Conveyed the spite and puzzled love and loss of the central characters very well.
This is a nonsense question. The End of the Affair is an entity by itself and an end in itself. There could not be a follow up book because, as the book tells you, there is no beginning or end of a story, just where the author decides to start and end it. It is part of a continuum and to write a sequel would add nothing to the characters or deny their human frailty.
Listen to this book and then read another Greene Catholic book like, "The Power and the Glory." Then ask yourself what the author believed in and what he did not believe in.
Colin Firth brings the characters alive. I was mesmerized by his voice, narration style, and the deep emotions he evoked in me.
I couldn't bring myself to like Sarah. But I really liked her husband and the strong bond that the two men: Bendrix and Miles shared through their mutual love and pain. A great read (or should I say "listen"!).
I was completely and totally submerged in this S story, although I'm not sure how engaged I would have been if it had a different narrator. Firth brings so much to this story. It was a pleasure to listen to him.
Obsession, jealousy, and loathing
I enjoyed The Power and the Glory more.
When Maurice proudly admits to Henry that he had a private investigator follow Sarah. I would say that is the climax of showing Maurice's ridiculous behavior resulting in his obsession. Once Maurice starts reading Sarah's diary, the story goes very dull and just rambles on and on.
I thought the book became very boring about halfway through.
Excellent novel, compelling reader, what good fiction is supposed to be.
If you haven't seen the movie - don't! Instead listen to this great interior novel, told almost entirely inside the narrator's head. Fortunately Mr. Firth completely owns the character. I enjoy Mr. Greene's work but had not read this one. Given the performance of the material, I believe hearing this turned out to be the best approach. There are a few plot twists but that isn't why we're there. A wonderful listen, so good I'll probably listen again sometime.
I love the author's writing and Colin Firth speaks his words superbly. Very beautiful and sad love story, which also speaks to fundamental issues of faith. I really loved this and wish there were more stories read by Colin Firth.
Colin Firth is amazing. He becomes Bendricks and you can feel the loss in his voice. Very moving performance.