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0142437999
Author:
James Wood,Graham Greene
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Literature & Fiction
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English
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Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (September 28, 2004)
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288 pages
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Graham Greene is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. The Heart of the Matter is a wonderful example of the depth of his creativity and understanding of the human condition.

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Introduction by. James Wood. Trade Paperback (US),Unsewn, Adhesive Bound. Graham Greene (1904-1991), whose long life nearly spanned the length of the twentieth century, was one of its greatest novelists. He began to attract notice as a novelist with his fourth book, Orient Express, in 1932.

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With a new introduction by James WoodScobie, a police officer serving in a wartime west-African state, is distrusted - being scrupulously honest and immune to bribery. But then he falls in love, and in so doing, he is forced to betray everything he believes in, with drastic and tragic consequences. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. Greene had the sharpest eyes for trouble, the finest nose for human weaknesses, and was pitilessly honest in his observations.

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Graham Greene's masterpiece, The Heart of the Matter, tells the story of a good man enmeshed in love, intrigue, and evil in a West African coastal town. Scobie is bound by strict integrity to his role as assistant police commissioner and by severe responsibility to his wife, Louise, for whom he cares with a fatal pity. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.

With an introduction by james wood. Greene was a master of characterisation and this book is no exception"

With an introduction by james wood. Scobie, a police officer serving in a wartime West African state, is distrusted, being scrupulously honest and immune to bribery. But then he falls in love, and in doing so he is forced to betray everything he believes in, with drastic and tragic consequences. Imprint: Vintage Classics. Greene was a master of characterisation and this book is no exception". Independent on Sunday. For experience of a whole century he was the man within". Norman Sherry, Independent.

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Wilson sat on the balcony of the Bedford Hotel with his bald pink knees thrust against the ironwork..." Graham Greene's masterpiece, The Heart of the Matter, tells the story of a good man enmeshed in love, intrigue, and evil in a West African coastal town. Scobie is bound by strict integrity to his role as assistant police commissioner and by severe responsibility to his wife, Louise, for whom he cares with a fatal pity. When Scobie falls in love with the young widow Helen, he finds vital passion again yielding to pity, integrity giving way to deceit and dishonor—a vortex leading directly to murder. As Scobie's world crumbles, his personal crisis develops the foundation of a story by turns suspenseful, fascinating, and, finally, tragic. Originally published in 1948, The Heart of the Matter is the unforgettable portrait of one man—flawed yet heroic, destroyed and redeemed by a terrible conflict of passion and faith. This Penguin Deluxe Edition features an introduction by James Wood.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
  • Rude
Graham Greene is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. The Heart of the Matter is a wonderful example of the depth of his creativity and understanding of the human condition. A deeply religious man, in the truest sense of the word, the main character, Major Scobie, is caught between moral righteousness and religious doctrine; specifically that of the Catholic church. This carefully crafted tale was written more than half a century ago, well before much of the hypocrisy of the Church had been exposed. Actually, the priest in this isolated West African province , is one of the most morally innocent characters in the book. It is the dogma of the church itself and the impact on its victims that is exposed so beautifully and subtly.

The major, caught between his demanding wife and his young ward, is the true victim here. The church's regulations on thought and behavior, leaving nothing to the reason of the believer, is shown in all its emptiness. Major Scobie, the lifelong devout Catholic, is left with only the most hideous of choices in his quest for righteousness.

This carefully crafted novel sneaks up on the reader unless he or she is forewarned. The story could be situated anywhere, but in the barest of civilizations, wonderfully detailed by the author, it is especially poignant. It is certainly one of the most moving and essential pieces of fiction of the last century.
  • Moralsa
Graham Greene's "The Heart of The Matter" is a poignant, exceptionally well written book that looks into the flawed, deeply religious beliefs, of a deputy Police Commissioner in the British Police force patrolling a West African colony during World War 2. The setting, like so many of Mr. Greene's novel, is exotic and the harsh climate of this African colony is a major and an enthralling character all itself.

The book is highly descriptive and the author weaves it wonderfully into the narrative. It lists at a little over 250 pages, but it is more like a 350 page book. I strongly recommend this book, but I warn that this is not a book to be rushed through. It is a deep and penetrating look at religion and colonization and it leaves the reader pondering many important issues that are as relevant today as the day this wonderful novel was published.
  • Nilador
Other reviewers have said that his writing is"exquisite" and "transcendent," which is true; here is a sample: "Over the sanitary inspector's shoulder Scobie could see the enormous range of the night. The fireflies signalled to and fro along the edge of the hill and the lamp of a patrol boat moving on the bay could be distinguished only by its steadiness." This bit is completely unnecessary to the narrative -- just thrown in there as a some local color. But it's arresting and beautiful. Greene has been described as a "film man," and he does make you SEE things.
It has been said that "a fictional marrative should show and not tell," and Greene is brilliant in doing that. This is the first of his books that I've read, and I'm hooked. On the other hand, I found it difficult to believe in Scobie, his protagonist, who allows himself to be tormented by his nagging, neurotic, self-centered wife (as a high-level police officer, one would expect him to be tougher). Also, this is one of Greene's "Catholic" novels, and the last third of the book goes on at great length about Scobie's relationship with the Church and God. As a nonbeliever, I felt that Scobie would have been better served by a good therapist, were one available at his time and place..
  • Cobyno
The main character suffers from awful weather and isolation. His marriage is kaput. The writing is exquisite but you wonder how any Brits survive in their colonial outposts.
  • Nuadador
A tremendous novel. Graham Greene is rapidly becoming my favourite novelist. His writing is transcendent. Mr. Greene paints masterful pictures, scenes, vignettes, in one's head. His scapes are better than anywhere else on planet Earth.
  • ladushka
Graham Greene was one of the twentieth century's finest English-language novelists. His writing has several key traits: a spare, lucid style; a flair for portraying the human heart in conflict with itself; a profound spirituality, drawn from his Catholic faith; a sly, ironic sense of humor, expressed with particular power in dramatizing people caught up in the absurdities and vanities of political and social upheaval; and a skillful use of his personal experience in the British intelligence service--expertise he deployed to create cunning and wildly entertaining storylines expressing eternal themes. He wrote two kinds of books: first, what he called "entertainments", basically spy thrillers such as "The Third Man"; and "novels", deeply profound explorations of the human soul in conflict with itself--including, in this collection, his masterpiece, "The Power and the Glory".
  • Bad Sunny
I enjoyed this novel much more than I thought I would. Excellent writing, and a quickly moving storyline that kept me interested and anticipating the final outcome. Glad that Graham Greene is now on my reading list, I’ll read more of his books. Good stuff.
A haunting, beautifully written tale, set in early 20th-century British colonial West Africa, on the nature of love, friendship, duty, truth, and loss.