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Read This Passage Before You Cheat On Your Spouse

Graham Greene, y’all. The man is such a brilliant writer.

I want to share one more passage with you before I wrap this book up soon and move on to the next one. This passage comes just after a scene where one of the main characters, Scobie, has committed his first act of infidelity.

In the future that was where the sadness lay. Was it the butterfly that died in the act of love? But human beings were condemned to consequences. The responsibility as well as the guilt was his–he was not a Bagster: he knew what he was about. He had sworn to preserve Louise’s happiness, and now he had accepted another contradictory responsibility. He felt tired by all the lies he would sometime have to tell: he felt the wounds of those victims who had not yet bled. Lying back on the pillow he stared sleeplessly out towards the grey early morning tide. Somewhere on the face of those obscure waters moved the sense of yet another wrong and another victim, not Louise, not Helen. Away in the town the cocks began to crow for the false dawn.

Wow. How about that last line?

This is a really good novel, guys. It’s growing on me. Greene is such a visual and emotional writer. Every word has a purpose. The lines above about the future victims really struck me. Scobee had crossed a line and he knew he would never go back.

Great book. Review next week.

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  1. My childhood best friend, Lindsey Nicholson had a rooster; was blind but would still crow when the sun came up.

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    May 6, 2016
  2. Reblogged this on mira prabhu and commented:
    Via 101 Posts – Graham Greene – a brilliant writer. This passage comes just after a scene where one of the main characters, Scobie, has committed his first act of infidelity…read especially the last line of this short passage…loaded with meaning. Small acts can have major consequences…

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    May 6, 2016
  3. This is very moving! Thanks for sharing! That last line says it all!

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    May 6, 2016
  4. I ams so glad you like this novel. This novel made me fall in love with Graham Greene’s writing. I have read all of his novels, both the entertainments and the serious ones. This, I believe, is his masterpiece.

    His early experience reviewing films is what made him such a visual writer and why most, and maybe all, his novels have been filmed.

    One of the things I love about Greene is he never backs down from difficult subjects. He is one of the few writers I know willing to take on the impossible. And he never leaves the reader with easy answer.

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    May 6, 2016
  5. “The Quiet American” is a knockout book. Even the movie doesn’t wreck it.

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    May 6, 2016
    • There were two movies. The first one was with Audie Murphy and Michael Redgrave and released in 1958. The second was with Brendan Fraser and Michael Caine and was released in 2002. If Presidents Kennedy and Johnson had read the book, maybe we could have avoided the fiasco that was the Vietnam War. The French warned us.

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      May 11, 2016
  6. Very moving writing. I must admit to not having read any Graham Greene so thanks for switching me on to his work!

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    May 7, 2016
  7. I have not read anything by Greene, but this passage is pulling me in. I’m looking forward to your review!

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    May 7, 2016
  8. Adultery is a big theme for Graham Greene. He was a serial adulterer in his personal life. I like The End of the Affair. I haven’t read this one yet!

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    May 8, 2016
  9. nishatfelix #

    the last line truly is something!

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    May 9, 2016
  10. you should check out my new book “jezebelle’s baby” by Artavius Wilson…the next Fifty Shades Of Grey” phenom…

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    May 16, 2016
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