By Cates Baldridge
More than a general assessment, Graham Greene's Fictions offers a fresh interpretation of familiar texts and attempts to discover within Greene's work a structure of thought that has not yet been seen with sufficient clarity. Each chapter focuses on a major aspect of Greene's thought as expressed in his novels. Greene's caustic attitude toward middle-class orthodoxies and his critiques ofthe three reigning ideologies of his time -- Christianity, Marxism, and liberalism -- are just two of the areas that Baldridge explores in Graham Greene's Fictions. Although five of Greene's novels are singled out for extensive evaluation -- Brighton Rock, The Power and the Glory, The Heart of the Matter, The Comedians, and The Honorary Consul -- most of his fiction is discussed throughout the course of the book.
The first critical evaluation of Greene's entire literary canon since his death in 1991, this innovative study is a reconsideration of Greene's major novels, as well as a recasting of his overall worldview. Written for both the scholar and the general reader, Graham Greene's Fictionssuccessfully captures the attention of all readers whether it is the first or the fifty-first work of Greene criticism one has read.
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