Twenty-one Stories

Paperback | June 1, 1993

byGraham Greene

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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.

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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 ...

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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; oth...

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 1932. In 1935, he trekked across northern Liberia, his first experience in Africa, rec...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.6 × 5 × 0.4 inPublished:June 1, 1993Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140185348

ISBN - 13:9780140185348

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