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Book Title: صخره برایتون|
The author of the book: Graham Greene
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Date of issue: 2001
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Read full description of the books صخره برایتون:A great story! Fine writing!
Let me begin by saying that this novel draws some materials from Greene's A Gun for Sale. Since I have not read this novel, I do not know the exact relationship between the two books, but I can tell you that this book can be read as a standalone.
The edition I read featured an introduction by Jim Coetzee - the introduction though insightful about Greene's writing and religious beliefs, revealed a bit too much about the plot. I would suggest that you read the story and later come back to the introduction.
The underworld in the seaside resort town of Brighton provides the plot for this story. Like most of the author's novels, this book also "bears the imprint of cinema" and Catholicism exerts a significant influence on some of the characters.
The story starts with the murder of Hale, a reporter who had also played the part of an informer for the Colleoni gang which led to the murder of Kite, a gang leader. Now Kite's protegee, Pinkie has taken control of the gang and kills Hale in revenge.
Throughout the story, the author has addressed Pinkie as the Boy. Pinkie is a young boy - unimposing, the author describes him as a narrow-shouldered boy, shabby in appearance, naturally he suffers from inferiority complex and desires the luxury and status of his arch-rival Colleoni. What makes a man (or boy) like him dangerous is the fact that he is completely amoral - he has no respect for love and loyalty - he can kill anyone who he deems as a threat, whether the threat is real or imagined means nothing to him, how loyal the person is to him has no effect on his decisions. Another fact which makes Pinkie different from the men in his gang is that he is not only a misogynist but abhors sex. important point about Pinkie - he is a Catholic with full faith in hell and damnation, he might not be properly educated but he can utter some Latin sentences. oh, for all his outward bravado, Pinkie can weep in fear when attacked by rivals.
Now we come to Rose - a mere child, lacking in maturity -- a weak character - the sort of person who is regarded as the ideal victim. She unwittingly becomes witness who can bring down Pinkie and his gang for Hale's murder and Pinkie ends up marrying her so that she can't testify against him. Pinkie has nothing but contempt for Rose yet he feels that Rose somehow "completes him" Pinkie and Rose are unified in their Catholic beliefs of hell and damnation. Both of them look down upon atheists as the latter are ignorant of their Catholic beliefs. Rose adamantly wants to be damned along with Pinkie, she does not care who or what Pinkie is, willing agrees to live in mortal sin for the sake of her husband - they both knew that their marriage is a sham. Alas, men like Pinkie have no value for such love and dedication.
Finally, my favourite character in this novel - Ida Arnold, demimondaine, gritty, secular, brainy. She had only met Hale just before his murder but once she found out about Hale's death, which the authorities ruled as natural she set off to investigate and soon arrived at the conclusion that it was a murder. Ida is a decent person who believes in right and wrong, fair play, has compassion for the less fortunate, won't exploit any human being but most importantly she believes in justice and retribution. Displaying the qualities befitting a detective - at least what we readers expect of our fictional detectives, Ida would plunge into her quest to win justice for Hale. Her repeated attempts to rescue Rose from Pinkie would be constantly thwarted by Rose herself. The poor girl felt nothing but contempt for this woman. I loved the way Ida would manipulate others to further her cause.
Ida is the strongest character in the novel, but as the critics say the story belongs to Pinkie and Rose.
The portrayal of the other characters is also commendable. All gangsters are not gun-toting desperadoes - they also have dreams, fear, empathy, true loyalty.
I would recommend this book to readers of good thrillers. This book is regarded as a thriller but it is much more than that.
I would end my review by saying that this novel features in both the top crime/mystery novel lists published by the British-based Crime Writers' Association and the Mystery Writers of America in the 1990s. Please find the link here - lists.
Read information about the authorHenry Graham Greene, OM, CH was an English novelist, short story writer, playwright, screenplay writer, travel writer and critic whose works explore the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world. Greene combined serious literary acclaim with wide popularity.
Although Greene objected strongly to being described as a “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 Heart of the Matter, The End of the Affair, and The Power and the Glory. Works such as The Quiet American, Our Man in Havana and The Human Factor also show an avid interest in the workings of international politics and espionage.
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