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England Made Me av Graham Greene
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England Made Me (urspr publ 1935; utgåvan 1981)

av Graham Greene (Författare)

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Anthony Farrant has always found his way, lying to get jobs and borrowing money to get by when he leaves them in a hurry. His twin sister Kate persuades him to move and sets him up with a job as bodyguard to Krogh, her lover and boss, an all-powerful Swedish financier. But Farrant does have a sense of decency, and when Krogh gives orders that offend him, he leaks information to Minty, a down-trodden journalist, with drastic results.… (mer)
Medlem:Psmithers
Titel:England Made Me
Författare:Graham Greene (Författare)
Info:Penguin Books (1981), 208 pages
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In this book, Anthony moves to Sweden to work at his sister's boyfriend's company, just before the economic collapse of the Great Depression. Kate's boyfriend Kris is a big business tycoon, very rich, very powerful, and unmindful of his power. Anthony becomes a bodyguard for Kris, and seeks to influence Kris to dress better and do things he enjoys, not just things he feels he has to do in order to maintain appearances. Anthony has made a reputation for himself as a sort of drifter, and Kate takes him under her wing, trying to convince him to settle in near her in Stockholm permanently. While it is not terribly explicit, there is a definite hint that Kate and her brother have been incestuously involved in the past, and Kate seems interested in picking up where they left off. Anthony, though, has moved on, and while not as rich or well-off as Kate, Anthony is able to make good friends and useful acquaintances easily. He finds a girlfriend right away, and makes friends with a reporter who has been covering Kris's company and private life for his paper.
This was a decently crafted novel, where even when you get to where you know how the story has to end, you do find yourself hoping that Anthony will make it to Coventry anyway, to meet up with his nice girlfriend and have a good, safe, long life with her or even just drifting as he has been. The style is a bit different and reminded me of 'beat' style poetry/prose, with wandering perspectives, clever ambiguity, and the sort of dialogue that picks out just certain lines, so that the scenes only slowly resolve as the story progresses. It made for a more challenging read at times, but not in a bad way.

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  JBarringer | Dec 15, 2023 |
> Tous les ingrédients étaient là : des personnages contrastés et captivants, une situation qui va crescendo vers le dramatique, une écriture riche et variée… Et pourtant, le mélange a eu du mal à prendre. Faute aux personnages auxquels on aimerait s'attacher encore plus mais qui restent insaisissables. J'ai eu l'impression de ne pas plonger assez profond pour repêcher ces naufragés. Et pourtant…
Danieljean (Babelio)

> Lecture / Ecriture : https://www.lecture-ecriture.com/7933-Les-naufrag%C3%A9s-Graham-Greene
  Joop-le-philosophe | Feb 12, 2021 |
what was graham thinking? what was I thinking to finish it? ( )
  mahallett | Oct 3, 2019 |
No, no, no, no, no.
Just when I thought Greene had begun to find his stride as a writer and that The Heart of the Matter really was his worst book, England Made Me proves me wrong. There are some great passages - all mostly within the first 30 pages - and then it is downhill from there....plot-wise. Because the story became so boring that I still have problems recollecting what actually happened. And I only just finished the book.
On the positives: Whatever happened between 1934 and 1935, Greene has now realised that female characters are also three-dimensional individuals, and that portraying women in novels as cliched side-kicks is best left to the Ian Flemings* of this world.
"It was true, she always knew; she was his elder by half an hour; she had, she sometimes thought with a sense of shame, by so little outstripped him in the pursuit of the more masculine virtues, reliability, efficiency, and left him with what would have served most women better, his charm."

(* I am aware of the anachronism - but can't help myself comparing Greene and Fleming from time to time.)

Review first posted on Booklikes - http://brokentune.booklikes.com/post/981488/england-made-me ( )
  BrokenTune | Aug 21, 2016 |
Boring. ( )
  Lynsey2 | Jan 15, 2016 |
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"wonderfully readable"
tillagd av GYKM | ändraDaily Telegraph
 
"Greene arouses responses of curiosity and attention comparable to those set up by Malraux, Faulkner and Hemingway"
tillagd av GYKM | ändraNew Statesman
 
Too often the author of "England Made Me" seems to be shadow-boxing, not delivering the full punch. But the story is skillfully fabricated, and the suspense so well maintained that any one who starts it is certain to go to the end.

 

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To Vivien With Ten Years' Love 1925-1935
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Anthony Farrant has always found his way, lying to get jobs and borrowing money to get by when he leaves them in a hurry. His twin sister Kate persuades him to move and sets him up with a job as bodyguard to Krogh, her lover and boss, an all-powerful Swedish financier. But Farrant does have a sense of decency, and when Krogh gives orders that offend him, he leaks information to Minty, a down-trodden journalist, with drastic results.

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