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.”

The Husband’s Secret- She Reads September Book Club

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The-Husbands-Secret

The Husband’s Secret

by Liane Moriarty

published by Penguin Books

2013

Summary

My Darling Cecilia
If you’re reading this, then I’ve died . . .

Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret – something so terrible it would destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others too. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive . . .

Cecilia Fitzpatrick achieved it all – she’s an incredibly successful business woman, a pillar of her small community and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia – or each other – but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s devastating secret. (from goodreads)

My Review

I literally just finished reading this book and had to sit down right away before I forgot anything.  I loved this book.  It was very well written, dramatic, and riveting.  At first, I did not know how the story of these three very different women was going to converge, but when it did-wow!  Since the main part of the plot is the “secret”, I am finding it really hard to review this wonderful story without giving more of the plot away than there is in the summary above.  Because really, it is an amazing turn of events that unfolds.  And the Epilogue kinda blew me away.   I would definitely recommend this book.  I am going to the library as soon as I can to get another book by this author-probably What Alice Forgot.  It looks so interesting!

My Rating

4.5 out of 5

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