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    Graham Greene

    How come we have Somerset Maugham and not Graham Green? I understand the two disliked each other...and I don't think it's fair to Greene

    Unless I am the only one who likes Greene...?

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    We're a little more objective in adding content to the site than that.

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    Thanks for that Logos, I was wondering if there was a criteria as I didn't see a lot of the modernists on the author list.

    So... older than 1923? How about M.R. James? But whatever if nobody else likes to read him... which reminds me, I better go and post something on J.Sheridan Le Fanu before he gets too lonely!

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    Enjoyed several of Greene's novels and short stories.
    Definitely believe he should have been awarded the Nobel Prize (rather than William Golding).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sebas. Melmoth View Post
    Enjoyed several of Greene's novels and short stories.
    Definitely believe he should have been awarded the Nobel Prize (rather than William Golding).

    Monsignor Quixote (1982)
    The Quiet American (1955)
    Brighton Rock (1938)
    Many people have said the same. In 1952 he was a candsidate but was beaten by another catholic writer Francois Mauriac. Greene was in the running on other occasions but never received the prize. He was a very complex individual and it's possible that his religious and political views may have played some part in his failure. I agree that he was a better writer than Golding, but Golding didn't appear to upset anyone.
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    I would definitely have picked him over Golding. Greene had a body of work; Golding had one novel. By the way, I loved Brighton Rock.
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    Quote "but Golding didn't appear to upset anyone." Sounds a bit like Brian Clough, the best football manager that England never had!

    Greene was a complex character, as has been pointed out. I think a lot of this had to do with him being a converted Catholic and not born into it. Combined with his writing skills & zeal to question everything, or at least view his new faith from different perspectives, he brought a new focus onto a lot of traditional thinking in Catholic dogma. I especially admire "The Power and the Glory" with the wiskey priest.

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    I would Google any Graham Greene books that you wish to read. I did, and was able to read The Destructors from a server in Australia. Perfectly legal because buffering is incidental copying, just don't download the text.
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