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The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene

The Heart of the Matter (1948), is a novel by the English author Graham Greene. It deals with Catholicism and moral change in Scobie (a police officer) in a British West African Colony.

In this modern classic about a good man's conflict between passion and faith, a scrupulously honest police officer in British West Africa becomes enmeshed in intrigue and evil when he falls for a woman other than his wife.

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  • Jacky

    Thank you, everyone, for making this a very enjoyable discussion group. I'm happy that everyone feels comfortable and participates in the conversation, even those who are joining us for the first time.

    December 8, 2012

  • Connie S.

    What awed me about this book was Greene's deep insight and very effective depiction of the toll that living with on-going moral conflict can take on us humans.

    December 8, 2012

  • David S.

    Thanks, everyone. That was a great discussion of a complicated book and author.

    December 8, 2012

  • Andy

    Excellent discussion. I elaborated in the discussion section becuase there are not enough characters to post here.

    December 6, 2012

  • Andy

    I finished Heart of the Matter yesterday. I enjoyed it but did not like the ending and thought it was out of character. The book gave interesting insights into relationships in the triangle of Scobie, Louise, and Helen; and also how insidiously corruption can affect even honest people. I expected more of Scobie at the end, and even if I did not expect his final act, I expected him to be more competent in his plan.

    December 3, 2012

    • Jacky

      I had the e-book version and it was a pretty poor version. Characters came up as symbols, the name ALI came up as ALL sometimes, and it seemed to be unfinished.

      December 5, 2012

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