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Travels With My Aunt

Greene, Graham, 1904-1991 (Book - 1999 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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With Aunt Augusta, a veteran of Europe’s hotel bedrooms, dull, suburban Henry travels her way through Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, Paraguay and finds himself in a shiftless, twilight society: mixing with hippies, war criminals, CIA men; smoking pot, breaking all currency regulations and eventually coming alive. Greene not only gives us intoxicating entertainment but also confronts us with some of the most perplexing human dilemmas.

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Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager, meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time in over fifty years at his mother's funeral. Accompanying his aunt, Henry joins a shiftless, twilight society: mixing with hippies, war criminals, CIA men; smoking pot, breaking the currency regulations and coming alive after a dull suburban lifetime.

Authors: Greene, Graham, 1904-1991
Statement of Responsibility: Graham Greene
Title: Travels with my aunt
Publisher: London : Vintage Books, 1999
Characteristics: 264 p. ; 20 cm.
Notes: Originally published: London : Bodley Head, 1969
Subject Headings: Alienation (Social psychology) Fiction
Topical Term: Alienation (Social psychology)
ISBN: 0099282585
9780099282587
Branch Call Number: FIC G
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Apr 19, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

British author Graham Greene was incredibly prolific, writing novels, short stories, plays and film reviews over the course of his long, distinguished career. He often split his books up into "entertainments" (his espionage tales) and more serious works, like "The Power and the Glory." But his best books are both entertaining and serious and this is a good example. The irrepressible Aunt Augusta is one of his greatest creations and she's such a good character that there's a noticeable lack of energy when she's offstage. I agree that the ending wraps up too neatly, but it's the travels that matter.

Dec 08, 2013
  • donnamo rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A surprising tale, not what I was expecting. Story of how the people we encounter can change our lives if we allow them to.

Sep 22, 2012
  • GuyN rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It is hard for me to describe this book because it doesn't fit into any genre. A reclusive middle aged bank manager set free by his bank joins his libertine aunt and is bit by bit drawn into a world of political intrigue, international smuggling, and recreational drug use. Feasting on dry British humour and elegant prose the reader enjoys understanding more of what is going on than our hero but a good deal less than his aunt. Locales range from Paris to Uruguay.

Jun 26, 2012
  • straitgate rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

a lot of people don't really care for this work of Greene but it's one of my favorites. It's a joy to accompany the eccentric Aunt Augusta and to vicariously experience Henry's slow awakening. I especially liked Augusta's metaphor of "the wall" that is closing in. Very Auntie Mame.

Mar 21, 2011
  • AJ_in_CoMo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The story was intriguing and unpredictable, but I didn't care for the ending, which seemed to suddenly tie everything up neatly. It was too convenient and didn't follow the mood of the rest of the book. Overall, though, it was enjoyable to read.

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