A book selected from my “List of Betterment”
Artuccino’s bookish observation
The Third Man and Other Stories is on my List of Betterment. My List of Betterment includes books I have read, want to read, and others that I feel I “should” read. The books in the “should-read” group are classics that have held the attention of many readers for generations. I want to better myself by knowing why that it so.
My edition of The Third Man is made up of several stories, including The Third Man, , all good, filled with the unexpected. The most famous of all the stories is “The Third Man”, which includes and introduction by the author, Professor Richard Greene; a biography about the author, and a Preface by Graham Greene explaining how he came to write the story. I found both the introduction, preface, and the biography helpful.
The Third Man was published as a Novella which preceded the screenplay of the famous film of the same name. starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, and Trevor Howard. The story is set in post–World War II Vienna. It centres on Holly Martins, an American who is given a job in Vienna by his friend Harry Lime but, when he arrives in Vienna, gets the news that Lime is dead. Martins then meets with Lime’s acquaintances in an attempt to investigate what he considers a suspicious death. Source; Wikipedia ((Learn more about the noir film, The Third Man, at Wikipedia)).
The other stories included in this publication, are filled with unexpected surprises, all intriguing. I didn’t know where my reading adventure was going to lead me, and I certainly didn’t know that each story within the book would leave me with the feeling: WOW! It may have been a three star “wow”, but I’m so pleased I read this book. Another notch on my belt of betterment.
My GoodReads rating of three stars (I liked it!) does not represent the book when related to the “canon”, or in terms of a “classic”.
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)).
Genre – Fiction
Noir, Spy, Mystery