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The Orient Express (Graham Greene)

Caught up in the prelude to a coming revolution/coup the protagonist goes to great lengths to rescue the rather helpless young woman who is only in trouble because of his previous attempts to help/seduce her.

I'd be a bit critical of the total lack of interest he shows in whether it is a good thing for the current government of wherever to be overthrown but I am too distracted by how he totally abandoned the plucky girl reporter to her fate so he could leg it with the cute girl he is hoping to sleep with.

Wikpedia's synopsis of the novel sounds pretty dire.

Date: 2014-01-31 10:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] between4walls.livejournal.com
I actually like what I've read of this one, it's got such a hopeless Thirties mood.

Also that guy is not the protag, as far as I can tell. I always thought Coral was much more the protagonist.

Plus it is not his country that the coming revolution is happening in; he probably doesn't know the first thing about Yugoslav politics!

Just felt compelled to defend the book. It is flawed, but the atmosphere is great and it has some beautiful moments/lines.

Date: 2014-02-01 08:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] t-guy.livejournal.com
I think that the 'hopeless Thirties mood' may be ascribed to its being written by Graham Greene...

Date: 2014-02-01 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kingwalters.livejournal.com
I read a fair bit of Greene as a teenager, and remember him as a more ponderous version of Ian Fleming. No more realism, no more insight, no more emotional depth. And Fleming is dire to begin with.

Date: 2014-02-01 01:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icecreamempress.livejournal.com
It's an interesting novel. Far more interesting than that synopsis makes it sound. There is a lot of landscape, and the stuff about anti-Semitism being like and unlike anti-lesbian prejudice is fairly nuanced.

I am a big Greene fan, though.

But I imagine it would be terrible as an "Escape!"

Date: 2014-02-01 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] t-guy.livejournal.com
I almost (re-?) read it the other month, having stumbled across it on my shelves, but opted for _England Made Me_ instead.

It's semi-slotted in for later this year.


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