208 pages, 7.8 × 5 × 0.46 in
June 1, 1993
Penguin Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0140185348
ISBN - 13: 9780140185348
From the Publisher
In 'The Basement Room' a small boy witnesses an event that blights his whole life. Like the other stories in this book (written between 1929 and 1954), it hinges on the themes that dominate Graham Greene's novels—fear, pity and violence, pursuit, betrayal and man's restless search for salvation. Some of the stories are comic—poor Mr Maling's stomach mysteriously broadcasts all sorts of sounds; others are wryly sad—a youthful indiscretion catches up with Mr Carter in 'The Blue Film'. They can be deeply shocking: in 'The Destructors' a gang of children systematically destroys a man's house. Yet others are hauntingly tragic—a strange relationship between twins that reaches its climax at a children's party. Whatever the mood, each one is a compelling entertainment and unmistakably the work of one of the finest storytellers of the century.
About the Author
Graham Greene (1904-1991) was a prolific novelist, short story writer, travel writer and children's book writer. Many of his novels and short stories have been successfully adapted to the movie screen, including The Third Man (directed by Orson Welles), The End of The Affair, and The Quiet American
From Our Editors
Some of them are comic, some of them are tragic and some of them are seemingly too intense to hold down. No matter what the case, Graham Greene's Twenty-One Stories is a panoramic collection that captures the essence of the 20th century's narrative guru. Using his keen sense of the dramatic and his innate eye for dialogue, Greene runs the emotional range. Filled with the themes that dominated his novels - fear, pity, violence, pursuit, betrayal and man's never-ending search for salvation - these stories bespeak the power of one of this century's greatest writers.