The End of the Affair- a review

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The End of the Affair

by Graham Greene

published by Penguin Books

1951

Summary

The love affair between Maurice Bendix and Sarah, flourishing in the turbulent times of the London Blitz, ends when she suddenly and without explanation breaks it off. Two years later, after a chance meeting, Bendix hires a private detective to follow Sarah, and slowly his love for her turns into an obsession.

(from Goodreads)

My Review

The End of the Affair is a story about lost love, jealousy, resentment, and faith.  It is a lot in a short story.  We meet the bitter writer and narrator Maurice Bendrix, who has loved and inexplicably lost the married Sarah Wells.  Through Sarah’s journal, we slowly discover why she ended the affair with Bendrix.  As I say, this is a rather short novel, but it is filled with such strong emotions that I could not read it very quickly.  I was pulled into the story of Sarah and how strongly she affected people.  I was surprised by the amount of Catholic dogma in the later part of the book, and am not sure how I really feel about the ending.  It seems I have been reading a few books lately that were very well written good books, that featured characters that I just didn’t like (this book), and even  actually despised (review to come next week).  I thought Bendrix was quite awful.  Even when he was with Sarah, he usually wound up acting like a jerk.  I did believe they loved each other, and can understand how crushing jealousy can be to a relationship, but he was a bit too much.  I did like the writing very much, and am looking forward to trying another Greene novel.

Did you read this book?  What did you think?

Rating

3.5 out of 5

loved these quotes-

The sense of unhappiness is so much easier to convey than that of happiness. In misery we seem aware of our own existence, even though it may be in the form of a monstrous egotism: this pain of mine is individual, this nerve that winces belongs to me and to no other. But happiness annihilates us: we lose our identity.”

“It’s a strange thing to discover and to believe that you are loved when you know that there is nothing in you for anybody but a parent or a God to love.”

and my favorite-

“I had to touch you with my hands, I had to taste you with my tongue; one can’t love and do nothing.”

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Bookish (& Not So Bookish) Thoughts

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Bookish & Not So Bookish Thought

is a weekly men hosted by Christine over at Bookishly Boisterous, where we post things that are on our minds.

 

1.  I  am currently reading The End of The Affair by Graham Greene.  I am actually rereading The Hunger Games series to get ready for tomorrow’s premiere, but I did start the other.   Very excited about the movie- my daughter and I plan to watch the fist one tonight.

2.  It is official.  I have inherited the infamous “bad back” that runs in my mother’s Napolitano genes.  My uncles, one aunt, and lots of cousins all have the same back issues.  The lower left back has been “out” for almost a week.  I am sure if I actually went to a doctor, they would tell me it is a slipped disc.  I am old.

3.  I just finished We Need to Talk About Kevin, and all I can say is WOW.  It really was a wonderful kind of awful.

4.  Every morning, my son leaves the shower curtain open, and every morning my dog goes in there and licks the soap.  Not a big deal, but then he spends an hour or so making weird noises trying to lick the flavor off his tongue.  Everyday.

5.  I have finally given iTunes radio a try, and I am not too sure I like it yet.  Does anyone use it?  What are your thoughts?

6.  My son is going on a class trip to Philadelphia.  They are going to visit Gettysburg and the Eastern State Penitentiary- the oldest jail in the country.  Think I can slip the teacher some $ to close one of those cells for a minute or two?  Just kidding.

7. I have had three books sitting here, that I finished, waiting for me to write reviews.  Why am I so lazy lately?

8.  Can I do ALL of my Christmas shopping at Target?  I think I can.

9.  Thanksgiving is just a week away.  We always host my husband’s family, except one year we all went to the Bahamas to celebrate the in-laws anniversary.  We ate in a Chinese restaurant on Thanksgiving.  Best Thanksgiving ever.