BooksOfTheMoon

England Made Me

By Graham Greene

Rating: 2 stars

Anthony Farrant is a loner who jumps from country to country getting and being fired from jobs. His twin sister Kate gets him a job as a bodyguard to her lover, a rich Swedish industrialist which goes okay until Farrant discovers something about his new boss that offends his sense of decency.

I really didn’t get this novel. None of the characters were particularly likeable, it wandered a lot and didn’t hold my attention particularly well. I think this may be because it was particularly character-focussed rather than plot-focussed, and I don’t cope well without a decent plot to hook on to (a problem I had with the Melvyn Bragg book I read recently as well). This perhaps says more about me than about the book, but still, I’m not sure if Greene is really someone I’ll watch out for in future.

Book details

ISBN: 9780140185515
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Year of publication: 1935

Travels With My Aunt

By Graham Greene

Rating: 3 stars

At his mother’s funeral, retired banker Henry Pulling meets his aunt Augusta and his world is turned upside down as he ends up travelling the world with her.

I quite enjoyed this book. It felt like a genteel road movie (or book) and the main character is quite sympathetic, although the titular aunt isn’t, particularly. She does spin some cracking yarns, though.

Book details

ISBN: 9780140032215
Publisher: Penguin
Year of publication: 1969

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