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The Heart of the Matter

Greene, Graham, 1904-1991 (Book - 2004 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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?Wilson sat on the balcony of the Bedford Hotel with his bald pink knees thrust against the ironwork..."

Graham Greene's masterpiece, The Heart of the Matter, tells the story of a good man enmeshed in love, intrigue, and evil in a West African coastal town. Scobie is bound by strict integrity to his role as assistant police commissioner and by severe responsibility to his wife, Louise, for whom he cares with a fatal pity.

When Scobie falls in love with the young widow Helen, he finds vital passion again yielding to pity, integrity giving way to deceit and dishonor?a vortex leading directly to murder. As Scobie's world crumbles, his personal crisis develops the foundation of a story by turns suspenseful, fascinating, and, finally, tragic.

Originally published in 1948, The Heart of the Matter is the unforgettable portrait of one man?flawed yet heroic, destroyed and redeemed by a terrible conflict of passion and faith. This Penguin Deluxe Edition features an introduction by James Wood.


Authors: Greene, Graham, 1904-1991
Statement of Responsibility: Graham Greene ; introduction by James Wood
Title: The heart of the matter
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2004, c1948
Characteristics: xviii, 255 p. ; 22 cm.
Notes: Copyright renewed 1976
"Graham Greene Centennial 1904-2004"--Cover
Originally published in 1948
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. xvii-xviii)
Additional Contributors: Wood, James - 1965-
LCCN: 2004275122
ISBN: 0142437999
Branch Call Number: FIC G
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May 24, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"He felt the loyalty we feel to unhappiness-the sense that that is where we really belong."
The very prolific British author split his books into "entertainments" (usually with an espionage theme) and his more serious books, but his best are both entertaining and thoughtful. Written in the late '40s, "The Heart of the Matter" is a perennial contender for his best book (vying with "The Power and the Glory") and like many of his more serious books is about a burnt-out man trying to hold onto his faith and humanity in an out of the way place, in this case a British outpost in Africa. I recommend drinking pink gins whilst reading this.

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