The Third Man And The Fallen Idol by Graham GreeneThe Third Man And The Fallen Idol by Graham Greene

The Third Man And The Fallen Idol

byGraham Greene

Paperback | July 1, 1992

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The Third Man is Greene's brilliant recreation of post-war Vienna, a city of desolate poverty occupied by four powers. Rollo Martins, a second-rate novelist, arrives penniless in Vienna to visit his old friend and hero Harry Lime. Harry is dead, but the circumstances surrounding his death are highly suspicious, and his reputation, at the very least, dubious.

Graham Greene said of The Third Man that he "wanted to entertain [people], to frighten them a little, to make them laugh" and the result is both a compelling narrative and a haunting thriller. The Fallen Idol is the chilling story of a small boy caught up in the games that adults play. Left in the care of the butler, Baines, and his wife, Philip realizes too late the danger of lies and deceit. But the truth is even deadlier.

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Graham Greene (1904-1991), whose long life nearly spanned the length of the twentieth century, was one of its greatest novelists. Educated at Berkhamsted School and Balliol College, Oxford, he started his career as a sub-editor of The Times of London. He began to attract notice as a novelist with his fourth book, Orient Express, in 193...
Title:The Third Man And The Fallen IdolFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.68 × 5.03 × 0.47 inPublished:July 1, 1992Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014018533X

ISBN - 13:9780140185331

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


From Our Editors

As with many great movies, The Third Man was based on a novel that was even greater, full of richer details and more vibrant characterizations. That book, written by the legendary Graham Greene, is found here, along with another, equally moving tale, The Fallen Idol. The first visits Vienna, shortly after the Second World War has ended and investigates the strange death of Harry Lime. The second tale unveils the wickedness involved in adult relations by showing it through the eyes of a small boy. The games grown-ups take for granted are suddenly revealed as dangerous when viewed from this perspective.