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  • The Heart of the Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (78)

    Scobie, a police officer in a West African colony, is a good and honest man. But when he falls in love, he is forced into a betrayal of everything that he has ever believed in, and his struggle to maintain the happiness of two women destroys him.

    Elanjelian says: "A Novel on Sin and Damnation"
    "my heart of the matte review"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book because like most Graham Greene books it's all about the story. No superfluous words or dead end digressions, every word helps make an image or pushes the next word the end.The subject matter is interesting. The main characters are defined by their actions and words and not the characters internal feelings conveyed to the reader by the omnipotent narrator which is refreshing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Heart of the Matter?

    The scene where Yusef blackmails Scobie but feels genuinely bad to use this leverage against a man he respects and wishes to befriend.


    What aspect of Michael Kitchen’s performance would you have changed?

    I can't recall a single moment where Micheal Kitchen's performance grated on me; to me that is very high praise.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Normally Graham Greene's books have turned into some great movies. I haven't bothered to find out if this one was made into a movie. The actions of the characters are compelling in the book because they help create the atmosphere of the story, in movies atmosphere and action are two separate things. I don't think Scobie doctoring his diary would be gripping cinema unless you knew why. And if they explained why it would ruin the ending of a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    most if not all Graham Greene novels have a cynical conclusion, this is no exception. This is a story about a man who truly loves god and the final act his Catholic guilt is taken to an incredible extreme. There's no silver lining at the end of this one, but a great read regardless.

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