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Orient Express by Graham Greene

Orient Express (original 1932; edition 2004)

by Graham Greene, Christopher Hitchens (Introduction)

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Title:Orient Express
Authors:Graham Greene
Other authors:Christopher Hitchens (Introduction)
Info:Penguin Classics (2004), Paperback, 224 pages
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Tags:Literary Fiction

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This is a short novel, which made it easier to finish, but I thought the ending felt unfinished, as if the story just stopped, rather than really resolving and coming to a well-paced close. So, maybe this one needed another 20 pages or so, just to tie everything together a bit better. Still, the characters were believable enough. And, if you are looking for a LGBTQ-themed book, the central character in this story is an older woman traveling with her female lover, and their relationship is essentially over, but the ending is being drawn out by the train journey to Constantinople. There's also an aged Bulgarian revolutionary, a pretty dancer, and a rich Jewish businessman, all on the same train, and by the end their is also a lot of shooting and a prison break. So, lots to look forward to in not too many pages, certainly a fairly easy lesser-known novel by a 'classic' author. ( )
  JBarringer | Dec 30, 2017 |
I found this absorbing, expertly constructed with an agreeable nihilism about it. I hope to visit Subotica soon.
  ivanfranko | Aug 23, 2017 |
I liked the plot but the writing was rather dense which is indicates to me that it was written a long time ago. I had listened to Travels With My Aunt many years ago and liked it but I think I may be done with Graham Greene for now despite the fact that he is considered a great writer. ( )
  kayanelson | Aug 19, 2017 |
An early Greene entertainment, as he termed his lighter books, but all is relative. It may wear the clothing of a spy thriller but its merits are more to do with Greene's finely drawn characters and observations of life. Certainly the characters are a little stereotypical to modern readers (probably also to earlier readers) but no-one depicts seediness the way Greene does. His normal themes of sin and sacrifice are here but there isn't much in the way of redemption, not even the rather shabby limited redemption which Greene deals in. 7 July 2017. ( )
  alanca | Jul 14, 2017 |
as the title suggests: entertaining ( )
  jmhdassen | Mar 3, 2017 |
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The novel has movement, variety, interest; taken on the surface, it is an interesting and entertaining story of adventure, penetrated through and through with the consciousness of the on-rushing train, with that curious sense of the temporary suspension of one's ordinary existence which comes to many on ship or train.
added by John_Vaughan | editNY Times, NYT (Jul 12, 2011)
One of THE most exciting and successful novels of its type that I have read.
added by GYKM | editSaturday Review of Literature
Mr. Greene's gift for spirited storytelling provides, in addition to excellent entertainment, moments of unexpected power and reality.
added by GYKM | editNew Republic

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Greene, Grahamprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hitchens, ChristopherIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scheepmaker, H.J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The purser took the last landing-card in his hand and watched the passengers cross the grey wet quay, over a wilderness of tails and points, round the corners of abandoned trucks.
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A gripping spy thriller that unfolds aboard the majestic Orient Express as it crosses Europe from Ostend to Constantinople. Weaving a web of subterfuge, murder and politics along the way, the novel focuses upon the disturbing relationship between Myatt, the pragmatic Jew, and naive chorus girl Coral Musker as they engage in a desperate, angst-ridden pas-de-deux before a chilling turn of events spells an end to an unlikely interlude. Exploring the many shades of despair and hope, innocence and duplicity, the book offers a poignant testimony to Greene's extraordinary powers of insight into the human condition.

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Aboard the Orient Express as it heads across Europe towards Constantinople, a relationship develops between Carleton Myatt and Coral Musker, a naive English chorus girl. Around them a web of espionage, murder and lies twist in this spy thriller.

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