The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

Audiobook narrated by Colin Firth

My GoodReads’ Star Rating: 4 stars out of 5, which means I really liked it!

Artuccino’s bookish observation

This book (audiobook from Audible.com.au) is the first Graham Greene book I’ve read and finished. I found it intriguing. It’s quite different to anything I’ve ever read before. Colin Firth’s narration made it very accessible. I think I was able to understand the story more through listening to Mr Firth’s interpretation than I would have, if I’d read the printed word.

I’ve added this book to my List of Betterment, it contained two elements that in my judgement made it a quality read, the elements were: It is a “classic” and reading it felt like an achievement, and the story had an impact on my emotions, and is memorable;

A little about my List of Betterment (books that speak to me)

My goal for my List of Betterment is to create a list of fifty books, and write about them. The books on the list are books “that speak to me” and deepen my understanding of the world around me and my understanding of my inner self, that is, what quality reading is for me. My List of Betterment has been inspired by Andy Miller’s intriguing book, The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-So-Great Ones) Saved My Life. I believe it is possible, by reading stories about the lives and worlds of others, the reader can become more accepting of the differences between people; an understanding of diverse personalities and cultures can be gained, and the reader will very likely experience a rewarding and pleasurable journey. Stories within books introduce the reader to an enormous number of characters, all sorts of predicaments, leading to fascinating consequences and outcomes. The reader of a book will find out about people, places and circumstances that they could never experience in several lifetimes.

Books “that speak to me” (quality reading from my perspective) contain two or more of the following elements:

  • I love the book;
  • It has elements of enlightenment;
  • I have the desire to share it with others;
  • It had an impact on my emotions, and is memorable;
  • Reading it twice has value;
  • I have the desire to keep the book on my shelf; it is collectable;
  • It is a “classic” and reading it felt like an achievement.
A little about the book

Graham Greene’s novel focuses on Maurice Bendrix, a rising writer during the Second World War in London, and Sarah Miles, the wife of an impotent civil servant. Bendrix and Sarah fall in love quickly, but he soon realises that the affair will end as quickly as it began. The relationship suffers from his overt and admitted jealousy. He is frustrated by her refusal to divorce Henry, her amiable but boring husband. When a bomb blasts Bendrix’s flat while he is with Sarah, he is nearly killed. After this, Sarah breaks off the affair with no apparent explanation. ((Find out more about the plot, of The End of the Affair, at Wikipedia))

A little about the author

Graham Greene, is held in high regard for his work. The Third Man is only one of his many contributions to the world of books. He is regarded by many as one of the leading English novelists of the 20th century. Source: Wikipedia ((Learn more about the author, Graham Greene, at Wikipedia)).

A little about the audio narrator

Colin Firth CBE is an English actor who has received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two BAFTA Awards, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and many other awards. Identified in the late 1980s with the “Brit Pack” of rising, young British actors, it was not until his portrayal of Fitzwilliam Darcy in the 1995 television adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice that he received more widespread attention. Firth’s films have grossed more than $3 billion from 42 releases worldwide. In 2011, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ((Find out more about Colin Firth at Wikipedia))

Genre – Fiction

20th Century Historical Romance

First Published

1951

Other books by the author

The Third Man and Other Stories (Go to Artuccino’s blog about the book)