End of the Affair

End of the Affair

Book - 1999
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"A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses a moment of experience from which to look ahead..."
 
"This is a record of hate far more than of love," writes Maurice Bendrix in the opening passages of The End of the Affair , and it is a strange hate indeed that compels him to set down the retrospective account of his adulterous affair with Sarah Miles. Now, a year after Sarah's death, Bendrix seeks to exorcise the persistence of his passion by retracing its course from obsessive love to love-hate. At first, he believes he hates Sarah and her husband, Henry. Yet as he delves further into his emotional outlook, Bendrix's hatred shifts to the God he feels has broken his life, but whose existence at last comes to recognize.
 
Originally published in 1951, The End of the Affair was acclaimed by William Faulkner as "for me one of the best, most true and moving novels of my time, in anybody's language." This Penguin Deluxe Edition features an introduction by Michael Gorra.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Publisher: New York, NY : Penguin : 1999
ISBN: 9780142437988
0142437980
9780140291094
0140291091
Branch Call Number: FIC Gree
Characteristics: 191p

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AL_KATI Jan 18, 2017

This novel blew me away. It has so much packed into a short novel--love, betrayal, faith, hope... And then you should watch the movie with Ralph Fiennes.

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uncommonreader
Jan 18, 2017

Love, hate and God. The book seemed very dated.

sungeun2k1 Aug 20, 2016

Not at all what I expected. Rivals only The Power and the Glory for being one of the most humanly honest perspectives on Catholicism and belief in God I've ever read.

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becker
Jun 12, 2014

A very well written character driven novel.

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dbarry111
Jun 02, 2014

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!

JCLHunterSt Jun 09, 2013

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.

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TumTumMcPuff
Jul 24, 2012

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.

turveydrop Jul 28, 2011

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

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macierules
Apr 02, 2010

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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JCLHunterSt Jun 09, 2013

“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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