5: Graham Greene

‘I shut my eyes and she was again the same as she used to be: she was the hiss of steam, the clink of a cup, she was a certain hour of the night and the promise of rest.’
Graham Greene, ‘The Quiet American’

I finished reading The Quiet American today only just in time for book club discussion at the Curzon Soho. What a great book. His descriptions are beautiful and concise, capturing an image and an idea succinctly in the way good journalists learn after years of trimming back copy and working to miniscule word counts.

We had an excellent discussion about the ideas in the book, including one about whether doing one bad thing to stop a lot of other bad things happening is morally right. The question isn’t answered by the author so you’re left to wonder…

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