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Next Up: The Heart of the Matter

Here’s to book #86: The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene.

If you’ve been around this blog for a while, you might remember Greene from The Power and the Glory, which was my 36th novel.

Here’s a few facts about my next book and its author:

  • The novel was first published in 1948 by Heinemann Publishing House.
  • After its release, The Heart of the Matter quickly sold more than 300,000 copies.
  • In addition to appearing on the Time list, the novel was listed at #40 on the Modern Library 100.
  • It also won the 1948 James Tait Black Award. That’s a big deal.
  • The novel was made into a film in 1953 and a television version in 1983.
  • Green struggled with bipolar disorder most of his life, and passed away from leukemia in 1991 at the age of 86.

This will also be a good time to bring back around Graham Greene’s strange connection to Shirley Temple.

I’m really looking forward to this one. Who’s read it?

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  1. Haven’t read this one, or any by Graham Greene – looking forward to your reaction – maybe I can add it to my list!

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    March 25, 2016
  2. It’s a virtuoso novel. The characters and the plot are well-wrought. I wouldn’t know whether this one really was the best. I also admired The Quiet American and The End of the Affair. I enjoyed reading many of Greene’s novels. The moral dilemma’s that his characters face seem real and timeless. By the way, movie adaptations of Greene are worth watching too.

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    March 25, 2016
  3. I think I’ve read it but I can’t remember! Will have to consult my spreadsheet. Yes I have a spreadsheet. That’s how bad it’s got. Too many books in my brain! Enjoy it though, GG is ace. Bronte

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    March 25, 2016
  4. It’s my personal favorite of his, though The Power and The Glory and The Comedians come pretty close.

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    March 25, 2016
  5. I think it’s his best and it is endlessly re-readable.

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    March 25, 2016
  6. This one is just behind The Great Gatsby and The Old Capital. Of all Greene’s novels, and I have read all of them, this one is my favorite. Greene was an amazing writer. At the beginning of his career, Greene was a movie reviewer. You see the cinematic used a great deal in his novels. That is a major reason almost all of them have been made into movies. I must say that the movie of this one is not a favorite.

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    March 25, 2016
  7. This is my favourite Greene. Full of atmosphere. Strong characters. Crisis of conscience. Pitch perfect writing. What more can you want? .

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    March 26, 2016
  8. I think I may have read this a long time ago as a child, but I don’t remember it and can’t think that I would have understood it properly. Time for a re-read! I’m going through a serious mid-century phase at the moment – love the depth of the characters and the way those writers made every sentence matter. Thanks for bringing this to mind.

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    March 26, 2016
  9. Reblogged this on Pierce and Biersadorf.

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    April 12, 2016
  10. Nice article , really helpful.

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    May 4, 2017

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