Let’s talk about The Painted Bird.
If you read my preview, you’ll remember that our protagonist in this novel is an orphaned six-year-old boy during World War 2.
In the first 60 pages, said child witnesses the following incidents (note: these aren’t essential to the plot so no spoilers here…just illustrating the graphic nature of this book): Read more
Just when I thought this list of books couldn’t get any more depressing, in steps The Painted Bird. This novel by Jerzy Kasinski is the story of an orphaned, homeless Jewish boy during War World 2. We see the world through the eyes of a horribly mistreated six year old. This one sounds like a great, peppy read for summer.
A few facts about The Painted Bird and its author Jerzy Kasinski: Read more
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: