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Brighton Rock (original 1938; edition 1949)

by Graham Greene

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Title:Brighton Rock
Authors:Graham Greene
Info:Viking Press (1949), Hardcover
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Brighton Rock by Graham Greene (1938)

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Coolly devastating portrait of crime and amorality in a seedy seaside resort town. British counterpart to the great Raymond Chandler novels of the 40s. The Catholic symbolism appended to the story is a bit of a turnoff, but other than that it's masterful. ( )
  MikeLindgren51 | Aug 7, 2018 |
Well-written, but not my usual sort of book. ( )
  francesanngray | Feb 26, 2018 |
Such anger and self loathing in such a young man. It was never going to end well. Witness the spiral into inevitable horror as Pinkie chases one bad impulsive decision after another.
"He had a fair smooth skin, the faintest down, and his grey eyes had an effect of heartlessness like an old man’s in which human feeling has died."
When Pinkie's boss Kite is killed by a rival gang Pinkie takes over, at 17 knowing everything and nothing.
"‘When people do one murder, I’ve read they sometimes have to do another—to tidy up.’ The word murder conveyed no more to him than the word ‘box’, ‘collar’, ‘giraffe’. ( )
  Robert3167 | Feb 23, 2018 |
Greene's brilliance confuses the reader in this depiction of the introvert, lonely, psychopathic fantasist Pinkie. We're taken inside his mind: we don't like it there but do we really want to get out? On the side of the righteous is Ida, but here again we may admire her determination and fearlessness, but do we want to sit down and eat with her? And poor, pathetic, put-upon Rose - we may feel sorrow for her, but struggle to understand how she can be so easily led down the path to self-destruction. As for Brighton, I'll always be looking over my shoulder when there! ( )
1 vote NaggedMan | Jan 9, 2018 |
A lurid, compelling, and profound look at a small-time criminal enthralled with evil, the young woman he deceives, and the detective who hunts him down. Wonderfully chilling. ( )
1 vote MichaelBarsa | Dec 17, 2017 |
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This is no book for those who would turn delicate noses away from the gutters and sewers of life; but there is nothing that could give the faintest gratification to snickerers. If it is as downright as surgery, it is, also, as clean as a clinic. There is not an entirely admirable character in it; but there is not one that can, by any chance, be forgotten nor one that could be set aside as untrue to life.
 
Why does this bleak, seething and anarchic novel still resonate? Its energy and power is that of the rebellious adolescent, foreshadowing the rise of the cult of youth in the latter part of the 20th century. And while Catholicism may have given way to secularism, Pinkie ultimately realises that hell isn't located in some distant realm: it's right here, present on earth, all around us.
 

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Greene, Grahamprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Geoff GrandfieldIllustratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Byfield, GrahamCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carey, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coetzee, J.M.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Joffe, RowanForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Larsen, Magda HenrietteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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'This were a fine reign:
To do ill and not hear of it again.'
THE WITCH OF EDMONTON
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Hale knew, before he had been in Brighton three hours, that they meant to murder him.
Hale knew they meant to murder him before he had been in Brighton three hours. [1956 ed.]
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young men kept on arriving in huge motoring coats accompanied by small tinted creatures, who rang like expensive glass when they were touched but who conveyed an impression of being as sharp and tough as tin.
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Bookplate: "From the library of Graham Greene"
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142437972, Paperback)

Graham Greene's chilling exposé of violence and gang warfare in the pre-war underworld is a classic of its kind.

Pinkie, the teenage gangster, is devoid of compassion or human feeling, despising weakness of the spirit or of the flesh. Responsible for the razor slashes that killed Kite and also for the death of Hale, he is the embodiment of calculated evil. As a Catholic, however, he is convinced that his retribution does not lie in human hands.

He is therefore not prepared for Ida Arnold, Hale's avenging angel. Ida, whose allegiance is with life, the here and now, has her own ideas about the circumstances surrounding Hale's death. For the sheer joy of it she takes up the challenge of bringing the infernal Pinkie to an earthly kind of justice.

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In this classic novel of murder and menace, Graham Greene lays bare the soul of a boy of seventeen who stalks Brighton's tawdry boardwalk with apathy on his face and murder in his heart. Pinkie, the boy with death at his fingertips, is not just bad, he worships in the temple of evil, just as his parents worshipped in the house of God. Crime, in his dark mind, is a release so deep and satisfying that he has no need for drink or women or the love of his fellows. He is an astounding character, sinister and fascinating. -- From the cover.… (more)

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