In a small continental country civil war is raging.
Once a lecturer in medieval French, now a confidential agent, D is a scarred stranger in a seemingly casual England, sent on a mission to buy coal at any price. Initially, this seems to be a matter of straightforward negotiation, but soon, implicated in murder, accused of possessing false documents and theft, held responsible for the death of a young woman, D becomes a hunted man, tormented by allegiances, doubts and the love of others.
©1978 Graham Greene (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
The best so far.
John LeCarre, because of Greene's unromantic view of war and espionage.
I have been unable to separate the actor from the role since his indelible performance in The Jewel in the Crown. This reading severed the connection--he becomes so many characters, so seamlessly that I sit in the car, in the cold, unable to stop listening to the recording I am playing on my car system. He's a marvelous reader.
No, I have enjoyed the breaks, but I would have like my drives to be longer!
Best: intelligent, articulate, gripping. Worst: I'm sorry to say that this book was too frightening for me to finish, A combination of uncertainty, unfamiliarity, unsavouryness and uneasiness scared me off after a few chapters.
Sorry, I didn't get there.
I would and will. I have listened to many,
search my psyche for the reason it puts me off. When I was a kiddie I couldn't listen to the lone ranger episodes wherein LR was suspected of the crime. Maybe it's like that. Maybe it's my fear of the totally unhappy endings that Brighton Rock taught me to expect from Greene.
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