I should have known that a Graham Greene novel would not be about what you first think it will be about. This is not about what happens (writer has an affair with a neighbour's wife, falls in love, wife abruptly ends the affair with no reason provided; years later writer meets the husband, begins obsessing about the wife, wife dies leaving both behind). This is about the emotions that drive people to do the things they do - the love, hate, jealousy, joy, hope, and despair that slowly and relentless overtake reason and common sense. Religion plays a bigger part in this that it seems in the early stages of the book (this is one of Greene's "Catholic Novels"), but its primary theme for me was the angry and obsessive jealousy that created and revealed some unexpected hatred in the protagonist.
A complex and interesting story. Graham Greene remains a favourite of mine, with good reason.
Unlike others, I didn't find Colin Firth's narration to be that terrific. His voice is lovely and it is almost melodious in its pacing, making for a great reading.....but in terms of actually performing an audiobook, there are many others who do a better job of voicing the different characters with their different personalities.
Not what I expected. Miracles and a groping with faith and hatred much more than love and devotion.
Narration was superb which is what got my through it to the end. Thanks Colin for making the story bearable.
I don't want to read the bestsellers. I want to read the best written.
Narrated by a character who is perhaps narcissistic but certainly selfish, with relatively little action and a lot of introspection, I wouldn't call this book an easy read. I gave it four stars but may revise it up or down after I have had some time to think about it.
Wow, what a surprise this book was for me. I didn't expect such a thought provoking story. Don't be fooled by the title, or even the plot of the story; this is a fantastic story, and the performance is very well done. Take a chance on this book!