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Brighton Rock by Graham Greene – review
He was shortlisted, in and , for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Although Greene objected strongly to being described as a Roman Catholic novelist, rather than as a novelist who happened to be Catholic, Catholic religious themes are at the root of much of his writing, especially the four major Catholic novels: Brighton Rock , The Power and the Glory , The Heart of the Matter , and The End of the Affair ;  which have been named "the gold standard" of the Catholic novel. Greene was born in Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire into a large, influential family that included the owners of the Greene King Brewery. He boarded at Berkhamsted School in Hertfordshire, where his father taught and became headmaster. Unhappy at the school, he attempted suicide several times. He attended Balliol College, Oxford , to study history, where, while an undergraduate, he published his first work in —a poorly received volume of poetry, Babbling April.
The last book Greene termed an entertainment was Our as Brighton Rock in and , The End of the Affair in.
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Graham Greene is one of the most beloved and prolific writers of the 20th century. He is best known for his novels, especially those dealing with Catholicism, but he also wrote short stories, novellas, book and film reviews, poetry, radio plays, stage plays, an autobiography, biographies, a memoir, travel stories, screenplays, and children's literature. He contributed to major publications and edited other prominent writers' work, as well. Greene was born on October 2nd, in Berkhamsted, England. He was an avid reader from childhood and particularly enjoyed Rider Haggard's work. Greene's father was the headmaster of the prestigious Berkhamsted School, which Greene attended as a child.
His father was the headmaster of Berkhamsted School, which Greene attended for some years. After running away from school, he was sent to London to a psychoanalyst in whose house he lived while under treatment. After studying at Balliol College, Oxford, Greene converted to Roman Catholicism in , partly through the influence of his future wife, Vivien Dayrell-Browning, whom he married in He moved to London and worked for The Times as a copy editor from to His first published work was a book of verse, Babbling April , and upon the modest success of his first novel , The Man Within ; adapted as the film The Smugglers , , he quit The Times and worked as a film critic and literary editor for The Spectator until
This reissue, with an introduction by JM Coetzee, coincides with the book's adaptation again to screen by Rowan Joffe, setting it in with Sam Riley in the lead role; Joffe's foreword to this edition is almost an apologia for daring to remake John Boulting's version, famous for Richard Attenborough's ferocious performance as Pinkie. As well as bringing Greene commercial success, Brighton Rock also heralded the author's emergence as a "Catholic novelist". From the opening line — "Hale knew, before he had been in Brighton three hours, that they meant to murder him" — the narrative has the pull of a thriller. Seventeen-year-old Pinkie is trying to cover up his involvement in Hale's murder. To do this he must silence Rose — waitress, fellow "Roman", key witness, and as innocent and youthful as her name suggests — either by marriage or by death. To Pinkie, allergic as he is to intimacy, these are interchangeable fates. The person that stands in his way is Ida Arnold, Fred Hale's companion on his last day on earth.