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[Read] ➵ The End of the Affair ➲ Graham Greene – Reptileclassifieds.us

The End of the AffairThis Is A Record Of Hate Far Than Of Love, Writes Maurice Bendrix In The Opening Passages Of The End Of The Affair, And It Is A Strange Hate Indeed That Compels Him To Set Down The Retrospective Account Of His Adulterous Affair With Sarah Miles A Hate Bred Of A Passion That Ultimately Lost Out To God.Now, A Year After Sarah S Death, Bendrix Seeks To Exorcise The Persistence Of Passion By Retracing Its Course From Obsessive Love To Love Hate At The Start He Believes He Hates Sarah And Her Husband, Henry By The End Of The Book, Bendrix S Hatred Has Shifted To The God He Feels Has Broken His Life But Whose Existence He Has At Last Come To Recognize.Originally Published In 1951, The End Of The Affair Was Acclaimed By William Faulkner As For Me One Of The Best, Most True And Moving Novels Of My Time, In Anybody S Language.

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  1. says:

    This book is extremely special to me It amazed me It flipped me around and turned me upside down I was overtaken, absorbed, and transfixed in a whirlwind of emotion The End of the Affair was exactly what I needed to help me through some recent difficulties in my personal life No, I didn t have an affair with a married woman, heh But a relationship did recently end for me, and that kind of thing is painful, and tough to deal with, as you probably know This novel helped me through all that By channeling the thoughts, emotions, and lessons from the book, I was able to understand myself and my situation better I read it at just the right time and the impact was healthy, significant, and powerful.It seems that most good books show, in some way, how ridiculous we all are And what is ridiculous than love The End of the Affair shows the nuances, complexities, depths and strengths of love how serious, dynamic, and mighty it is, while also showing how selfish it is And you can t really have love without hate, can you Love and hate of another love and hate of self love and hate of God or of his nonexistence are the major themes The love depicted in the novel is not a halfway love is there such a thing as a halfway love It is in extremes it either loves or hates Love in all it s splendor and horror, Greene gets it The novel is also about life, and de...


  2. says:

    5 Stars I just spent 3 days being read to by Colin Firth and it was fantastic This is the best narrated audiobook I have ever listened to Now let me say a little about the book itself I loved it From the first sentence I was entranced in this complicated love affair The writing is exquisite It grabbed my soul and set me on fire This is a record of hate far than of love Maurice Bendrix The End of the Affair is about a writer named Maurice Bendrix Maurice is a very jealous man This is quite ironic because he is jealous of Sarah, the married woman he has had an affair with Sarah ended this affair with Maurice suddenly one day in 1944 Maurice is obsessed with Sarah He is so obsessed and jealous that he even hires a detective to spy on her That is all I m going to say about the book If I go any further I will get into spoiler territory.I need to read classic literature because this book just took my breath away Highly recommended to fans of classic literature and or fans of Colin Firt...


  3. says:

    this is the story of a jealous man and a jealous God fighting for the soul of a woman who desperately wants to believe in one of them.oh, and it s a complicated thing, belief.the relationshippy parts of this book are divine a woman in an unfulfilling marriage takes a lover, maurice, and puts all of herself into the relationship maurice, for his part, should perhaps have been called marcel, because his involvement in the relationship is pure proust overanalyzing, obsessing, becoming jealous of every past and possible future lover sarah has had or could have, anticipating the end of the relationship so frequently that he is rarely committed to the moment, loving the idea of sarah without understanding her as a woman until everything is over and unobtainable it is great stuff a man mourning a relationship he was never even fully involved in the fool i d rather be dead or see you dead, i said, than with another man i m not eccentric that s ordinary human love ask anybody they d all say the same if they loved at all i jibed at her anyone who loves is jealous which is almost intense enough to cover up the fact that he loves her without knowing what she...


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    Of the less than ten novels in the universe which can conceivably be called PERFECT that is, without a single flaw, with so much mastery over the daunting literary terrain that it leaves the reader panting, gives him goose bumps, makes him believe in the sphere of art all over again two of them undoubtedly are written by Graham Greene I have lionized The Quiet American before Now it s The End of the Affair which left me wondering why isn t Graham Greene widely read The yarn told is truly a cause for heartache the themes of adultery death, and above all, religion, are uber heavy but with great craft Greene manages to make them accessible to his flabbergasted readership of which, as I ve said, there must be The lovers fall in love sharing a plate of onions no poetry escapes this guy, unarguably the BEST WRITER OF THE 20TH CENTURY Others Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitch...


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    The sense of unhappiness is so much easier to convey than that of happiness In misery we seem aware of our own existence, even though it may be in the form of a monstrous egotism this pain of mine is individual, this nerve that winces belongs to me and to no other But happiness annihilates us we lose our identity The words of human love have been used by the saints to describe their vision of God, and so, I suppose, we might use the terms of prayer, meditation, contemplation to explain the intensity of the love we feel for a woman We too surrender memory, intellect, intelligence, and we too experience the deprivation, the noche oscura, and sometimes as a reward a kind of peace The act of love itself has been described as the little death, and lovers sometimes experience too the little peace I am terribly late with this review but it wasn t my fault One of my colleagues borrowed my book before I got the chance to transcribe the quotes I chose and I had to wait until he brought it back The End of the Affair is part of Greene s Catholic series I bought it before I found out about this tiny but significant detail and I started this with dread I was expecting some kind of religious preach but it wasn t the case, fortunately The author struggled all his lif...


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    Note every possible plot spoiler included here but I don t care Let s go.So let me get this right This miserable sourpuss atheistic type author guy Maurice meets this hot slutty their word woman Sarah who is married to England s most boring civil servant Henry They have a full on steamy affair right under Henry s nose for four years and are very happy, except Maurice gives the impression that even when he s happy he s miserable Like Morrissey Similar name Anyway, it s World War 2 and there s a big air raid and the guy goes downstairs to check on the cat or something and WHAM a great big German missile hits the building and a door falls on him Sarah runs downstairs and sees his arm sticking out and thinks he s dead She runs back upstairs and prays to God So far so reasonable But actually she doesn t believe in God Well, people do strange stuff when they think their true love is dead under a door She says if God makes Maurice not be dead then she will a believe in God and b give up Maurice So when he wanders into her room all covered with dust and saying wow I just got hit by a door, I thought I was a goner but I just got a headache, how about that, she immediately thinks that God did it She instantly takes it for a Miracle and not just a near miss And that s the last she sees of him, she cuts him off without a word of explanation, thus plunging them both into suicidal despair What she says...


  7. says:

    I am not only committing to the five stars for this review, I wish I could give it To say it deserves it would be rather an understatement Reading the book was actually one of those physically memorable experiences curling up in a ball with it, crouched over it reading behind piles of work I should have been doing, completely zoning out the world around me until it was forced to my attention, not to mention the actual physical pain I felt at the beauty of some of the language employed Greene s writing here is just absolutely astounding I cannot emphasize that enough It is an obsessive love he writes of, obstensibly That s what the back cover and the short summaries would have us believe that this book is about But that is not all this book is about Not even close.Greene writes about hatred, the nature of belief, the nature of God and what it means to believe in Him, the physical and emotional experience of love, the effects that that love can have on our lives and blends it all together so that we see that none of those thi...


  8. says:

    Spoil alert Can a reader feel like having a split personality I doubted myself while reading Graham Greene s The End of the Affair I loved it and hated it I thought it certainly deserved 5 stars for a few pages, but later found myself suffering so much and started loathing it So, it could not deserve than 2, right It s not fair to suffer for nothing, I had to make someone pay for it I loved Sarah and Bendrix and despised them at the same time Don t try to understand me, I don t understand myself Such beautiful passages about love, but suddenly it seemed about hate and jealousy, and I found myself betrayed How can someone that loves so deeply, as Greene makes us believe Sarah loved Bendrix, later give him up for a God most of the time she doesn t believe in herself Oh, I could commiserate with Bendrix for being abandoned without any explanation I could not understand Sarah, for I am not even sure if I am a believer But my beliefs are beyond the point So, please, discount my failings in this respect Bendrix s position I could identify with, and did I knew that my love would easily turn to hate after such a betrayal while so much in love Thus, the jealousy I could understand Would I go to such length to prove myself right I don t know, but I was never in his position and being honest with myself I have to say that, hypothetically, I might Greene writes so majestically, that I could live with it all as he speaks...


  9. says:

    Ruh roh.Sorry, Ben And Kelly And karen This book really did not do it for me In fact, that is kind of an understatement my two star rating is generous in that I actually feel sort of bad for disliking it as much as I did I know it hits certain people on an emotional, gut deep level and I am not arrogant enough I am arrogant, just not arrogant enough to universally proclaim its lack of literary value My point is that I ve often had people come onto my reviews and say, Oh, thanks for letting me know this book sucks Now I can take it off my shelves Don t do that Don t not read this book on account of this review It is only a reflection of this novel s impact on me, and I am just one person And a relatively unimportant one, at that.Okay, so here is why this book sucks First of all, I was genuinely liking it at the beginning It is absolutely well written, and I enjoyed the narrator s slow reveal of his history with Sarah and Henry I was all geared up to hate the narrator, too, who I thought was going to be some detestable marriage violator It can be a lot of fun hating awful characters, can t it Except as I continued reading, I came to realize that we, the reader, are perhaps not meant to hate Bendrix at all In fact, I think we are be...


  10. says:

    Update 11 11 2017 On this, my third experience of Graham Greene s masterpiece, I chose the audiobook, narrated by Colin Firth and I just want to say to all fellow citizens of our beautiful Planet Earth I m sorry.I m truly, truly sorry.I m sorry I was flippant with fossil fuels.I m sorry that I was erroneous with my emissions.I m sorry that I drove my car longer and slower than necessary.I m sorry that I took the long way home.It turns out, in listening to this audiobook of The End of the Affair, I found myself unable resist the indomitable combination of Mr Darcy s oops, I mean Mr Firth s voice and Mr Greene s words.To be frank, I swerved.I swore I swooned.Original review Graham Greene writes like C.S Lewis on crack, like Penelope Lively minus the incest And, at the same time, he writes like no one Greene makes the 1950s seem the modern ...

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