The End of the Affair

Greene, Graham

Book - 2004
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The End of the Affair
Maurice Bendrix is a sardonic and cynical writer who reflects on his affair with Sarah, a married woman, during the bombing of London in 1940.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2004
ISBN: 0142437980
Branch Call Number: FICTION GREENE 2004
Characteristics: xxvii, 160, [4] p. ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Gorra, Michael Edward


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After a man is almost killed in a bombing raid, the married woman with whom he has been having an affair breaks away from him. Available on audiobook CD.

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Jun 12, 2014
  • becker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very well written character driven novel.

Jun 02, 2014
  • dbarry111 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This great novel was turned into a spectacular movie starring two of my favorite actors, Julianne Moore and Ralph Fiennes. It captures the illicit romance amid a stormy political/military situation, like my favorite Graham Greene novels. I love how the story is told in the first person through Maurice's eyes, which gives it pathos and urgency. If you liked the novel, see the movie!

Oct 13, 2013
  • Cecilturtle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Whereas I really enjoyed the love story from the start with Bendrix's bitterness and undisguised jealousy, I had a hard time believing Sarah's sudden religiousness - it seemed too childish, this funny bargain with God, to be taken seriously. I was disappointed with the ease with which Greene would get away from a real discussion over God and almost gave up at the predictability of Sarah's death.
The book, however, really picked up at that point. The unlikely friendship between Henry and Bendrix, the slow influence of the Church over the story and Smythe's curious recovery all culminated to a brilliant finish: as far away from the beginning as could possibly be thought. In the end, atheism and religion come head to head, neither being conclusive, but with a hint of magic which reinforces the question... very adroit.
A seemingly simple book, but one whose construction deserve minute attention.

Jun 09, 2013
  • stclaireh rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I’ve wanted to read this book for several years and I’m very happy I finally did. The book was almost hypnotic in its discussions of love, philosophy, politics and religion. The writing is very strong and the emotions run deep. If you're looking for an honest and anguished exploration of lost love, any type of love, this novel captures it perfectly.

Jul 24, 2012
  • TumTumMcPuff rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A frustrating, solipsistic "romance" that explores the concepts and subtleties of hate as much, if not more, than love. Greene drags you through the affair of to infuriatingly damaged people and just when you want to throw the book across the room, he brings you to tears with a profound insight into loss, attachment, faith, and the strength found in weakness. Trust Greene to know what he's doing, even when you're ready to give up finishing the novel. He won't disappoint.

Jul 28, 2011
  • turveydrop rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It is a good book, but no, it is not "literally" a roller coaster.

Apr 02, 2010
  • macierules rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Powerful treatise on love, hate, and belief in God. Literally an emotional roller coaster - on the 1001 Books to Read before you die list.


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Jun 09, 2013
  • stclaireh rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.”


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