I don’t know what I expected coming into The Heart of the Matter. I’ve already read The Power and the Glory, which I currently have ranked 27 out of the 85 novels I’ve read so far, and I knew Graham Greene was an exceptional writer. But I didn’t quite expect to like this novel as much as I did.
The Heart of the Matter is, simply put, a beautiful, elegant novel. No surprise here, since it’s on the Time Magazine list, this is a fairly dark book. Not in a dreary Blood Meridian, Money type of way. But more in somber, sadness. Like, if a novel could outline a person’s road to severe depression, this novel would be it. Or if a dreary rainy day could exist in novel form, it would be The Heart of the Matter. Read more
Imagine with me, if you will:
Crashing waves. Sandy beach. Shaded umbrella. Light breeze. Margarita. Entrancing novel. Maybe a dozing husband or wife by your side.
Is that your happy place? It’s one of mine.
But let’s add another element to that peaceful, serene setting. Read more
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. Read more
As I’m working through Graham Greene’s famous novel, The Heart of the Matter, I’m reminded of how incredible a novelist this man was.
He might’ve been a bit of a creeper, but Greene could write.
He’s one of those writers that has so many zingers that work as powerful quotes even outside the context of the story. Here’s a passage to show you what I’m talking about. Read more
I know things have been slow here at 101 Books lately, and obviously that’s my fault. Season of life, family and work responsibilities, and all that.
I fully intend to get back on a regular 2-3 posts a week schedule. I really do.
Today, though, I’m sharing a post from a few years ago about Graham Greene and his strange obsession with Shirley Temple.
I’m reading through The Heart of the Matter right now, and posted this back when I was reading his other novel on the list, The Power and the Glory.
Way back in 1938, Graham Greene was writing a review of the movie Wee Willie Winkie (what does that even mean?), starring the eight-year-old Shirley Temple.
While writing his review of the movie, Greene said this about Shirley Temple:
How would you like to have your novel—that novel you spent years working on—reviewed by George Orwell?
This would be like making your best risotto and serving it up to Gordon Ramsay. No pressure, right?
Well, Graham Greene, a famous author in his own right, experienced just that. When The Heart of the Matter was published in 1948, Greene was already an established author, having written 11 novels including The Power and the Glory.
George Orwell, though? Not a big fan—at least of this particular novel.
A few quotes: Read more
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: Read more