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June Short Novel Discussion in Lakeview: Graham Greene's "THE END OF THE AFFAIR"









Join us Monday, June 3 at 7pm at Chateau Cafe' in Westend/Lakeview for a discussion of "THE END OF THE AFFAIR" by Graham Greene, 1951.


Used copies on for a penny before shipping. Available in local libraries and bookstores. 180 pages.


SYNOPSIS: "This is a record of hate far more than of love," writes Maurice Bendrix... 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.[...] 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.




For more info, contact Guy Henoumont anytime at[masked] or at [masked] .

Also invited: the New Orleans Book Club meetup group.



Superbly written, well-plotted, realistic, haunting . The story of a woman lost between two men, a husband and a lover, told from the lover's point of view. The plot is dramatic, the characters unwittingly and wittingly involved in one of the most common human stories. Greene's writing style is perfect. There is not a word or an activity wasted, and at the same time the tale is beautifully and compellingly told. This book is an amazing example of the finest literary composition, but it is also fascinating in the acute and at times understated manner in which these three character's psychologies play together to enmesh the hearts of two men and the life of the woman. This is also a spiritual novel, asking questions while at the same time attempting answers. And throughout, there is a strong sense of honesty that one doesn't find in most romantic novels. The characters seem to be real persons, whose lives are not dramatic or dramatized, but related in all their smallness, their dissatisfaction, their quest for understanding, and that inexplicable desire for something more. I was surprised to find that this small book was such a satisfying as well as haunting read. Anyone planning to write fiction, particularly romance (not that silly fluff romance, but something meaningful), should become acquainted with this novel. It tells so much so very well.

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  • Mary R.

    Interesting perspective on Greene and Catholicism

    June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, have to work from 5-11pm

    June 2, 2013

  • Guy H.

    + Oscar and Terry

    April 29, 2013

  • Cheri M.

    Is it at all possible to change from a Monday? Another group I attend meets at the same time and I'd really like to discuss this book.

    April 23, 2013

  • Mary Helen L.

    I look forward to this discussion. I most appreciate fine writing, which is many times overlooked by critics and casual readers alike in favor of plot (or story line) and characterization--both important in making a good if not great novel. But, as I say, fine writing oftenbgoes unappreciated in favor of the former.
    Mary Helen

    April 23, 2013

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