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    346 The Confidential Agent Graham GreeneThe Confidential Agent 1939 is a thriller novel by British author Graham Greene Fueled by Benzedrine Greene wrote it in six weeks To avoid distraction he rented a room in Bloomsbury from a landlady who lived in an apartment below him He used that apartment in the novel it's where D hides for a day and had an affair with the landlady's daughter He wrote the book for money and was

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    Read by Patrick TullDescription In a small continental country civil war is raging Once a lecturer in medieval French now a confidential agent D is a scarred stranger in a seemingly casual England sent on a mission to buy coal at any price Initially this seems to be a matter of straightforward negotiation but soon implicated in murder accused of possessing false documents and theft held responsible for the death of a young woman D

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    This is Greene at his best providing a gnashing noir a tale of chase and deception The Confidential Agent distills the fears of the late 1930s p

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    It's not perfect but even Greene knew that He wrote it in six weeks and wanted to publish it under a pseudonym Characters conveniently and coincidentally bump into one another a love story in the time frame of a couple of days etc But that being said it's still some damn fine writing I look forward to reading some of his importan

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    Many a long and weary year ago I read a fair few Greene books This one has a nice grimy atmosphere and a very real uncertainty about who if anyone can be trusted The Esperanto lesson always seemed like a nice touch invented stories pretended loyalties unreal language no end of deceptions

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    Greene wrote this story in six weeks The main character D is a rebel from a civil war who arrives in England on a secret mission to buy coal From the start everything goes wrong The other side is trying to stop him and his trauma from his experiences in the war such as his wife executed buried alive in a bombing

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    Of all the entertainments that the great Graham Greene had written in his entire ouevre 'The Confidential Agent' holds a perverse sort of fascination to its origins Apparently on the brink of bankruptcy bothered by his own personal demons of in

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    This is a lot of fun A fuddy duddy lecturer D comes to England as the confidential agent Only he seems pretty incapable and scared of his own shadow He befriends a young woman and the pair grow humorously close as they face constant danger and espionage D gradually finds the courage and conviction he needs A well written thriller and on of my favourites out of Greene's less serious works

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    Graham Greene is one of my favourite authors having started reading his novels when I was in my teens many years ago though I haven’t read one of his books for several yearsNow on re reading “The Confidential Agent” I know why I like him so much He is a great storyteller and has a wonderful way of phrasing his sentences in which not a

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    UnabridgedDuration 7h 30 minRead by Patrick Tull From BBC Radio 4 DramaGraham Greene's masterful tale of suspense When Edgar Dominguez is sent to England on a mission to arrange a supply of coal for the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War it seems a straightforward business negotiation; but no sooner does he set foot on English soil than he finds himself a hunted man with seemingly no one he can trust and implicated in murderG

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Ssessing false documents and theft held responsible for the death of a young woman D becomes a hunted man tormented by allegiances doubts and the love of other. Of all the entertainments that the great Graham Greene had written in his entire ouevre The Confidential Agent holds a perverse sort of fascination to its origins Apparently on the brink of bankruptcy bothered by his own personal demons of infidelity in a marriage already breaking at the seams Greene locked himself up in a state of self compelled exile in an apartment in London and started a daily dose of Benzedrine to drive himself to put pen to paper and write anything that would sell like hotcakes And in the process as the legend goes he managed to fall into a romantic attraction with the daughter of his new landlady As if mirroring some of these feelings of relentless determined despair and impulsive reckless romance D the soft spoken mild mannered confidential agent of the novel is on an impossible mission of sorts a race against time and he too falls in love unexpectedly without warning and only complicates his carefully laid plans to spectacularly disorienting effect Reading The Confidential Agent feels so much like witnessing a little sweaty game of snakes and ladders with a loaded dice that cannot not uite fall the way you want or expect Living up to the delirious and frenetic nature of its origins it is a brilliantly crafted and ingeniously almost wickedly absurd thriller that subverts and surprises at every turn and twist and still succeeds at being unexpectedly profound and poetic giving us much delicious food for thought discourse and even debateD as said before is a secret agent on a confidential mission It is not exactly foiling a diabolical conspiracy perpetuated by a grand preening super villain or sneaking behind enemy lines Rather it is a mission for his fellow countrymen and yet also pitted against his own countrymen D hails from a continental country in the throes of civil war presciently based on real life Spain at the time when the book was written and his mission reuires him to negotiate a purchase with a rich coal mine tycoon in cosy England And he has to do it before his Government s rivals the fascist aristocratic rebels succeed as they too have their man dispatched to do their bidding and get the coal by hook or by crook Doesn t this sound a simple battle of wits and fortunesNo it isn t any simple spy thriller of course Because the man at the helm of things is Graham Greene and D is no usual agent He is rather an utterly believable human being a subtle congenial man who has been scarred and hardened by the brutal realities of war and now is devoted like a fanatic to his cause and mission Nothing can really throw him off his track nothing that is except for misfortune and bad luck and Greene packs the narrative with both these things so much that D finds himself with every step forward in the right direction with every successful feint against his rivals plunged even deeper into a chaotic deluge of paranoia treachery and certain failure All this darkens the narrative relentlessly to nihilistic effect and the distinctly marked bleakness of The Confidential Agent seems like a terrific practice run for the unyielding and nightmarish claustrophobia of The Ministry Of Fear and the cynical moral parable of The Third Man There is a sordid sense of moral decadence to be found in some of the characters and even as Greene presents us with an enthralling evocative and vivid outsider s view of England s befuddling social and cultural ambiguities to make us feel D s predicament to the hilt he also does not shy from exploring a meaner nastier side to the generally benign atmosphere of a new country which make his twists and turns work even intuitively and cleverly Not for once can the reader hazard a guess as to in which direction would the plot go next and that extraordinary feeling of following D down some rabbit hole of every best laid plan move or countermove going awry makes this such a deliriously hypnotic read from cover to cover D himself is a fascinatingly etched character like so many in Greene s morally grey universe he is vulnerable both easily gullible and tough to crack or intimidate and yet there is a genuinely heroic and chivalrous man inside his weary and wary surface and the writer expertly plumbs these depths letting his creation shed layer like layer to make us believe in his determined uest and to root for his success and even his escape Even the other characters in the narrative are sketched cohesively and convincingly from the rival agent L whose own commitment to his job of subterfuge is admirable and understandable for D to the ingeniously cast women of the narrative the waif like hotel maid Else for whom D begins to feel a pity bordering on a dangerous obsession and most notably the free spirited strong willed and even brave hearted Rose McCullen with whom D falls headfirst and despite their age differences in love rediscovering thus the gentle romantic soul that was buried deep with the devastating death of his wife This wistful romance is one of Greene s other masterstrokes of plotting he is refreshingly unabashed about any pig headed uestion of decency and he lets this romance flow in seamlessly and incidentally into the narrative to lend it a real heart of throbbing passion But then The Confidential Agent is chock full of surprises It feels dark and even dire when in the hands of any other writer it would have been all sensational and even upbeat then again it is beautifully tender wise even witty and warm when you expect it to be cynical and dark This is Greene writing in a fever of swirling emotions and feelings all at conflict with each other to the effect that this novel becomes something else something absurd nightmarish darkly hilarious mesmerising and romantic all at the same time Can you think of any other book written in a few weeks in a fast and furious haze of Benzedrine fueled burst of energy to be this thoughtful and thrilling

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In a small continental country civil war is raging Once a lecturer in medieval French now a confidential agent D is a scarred stranger in a seemingly casual En. 346 The Confidential Agent Graham GreeneThe Confidential Agent 1939 is a thriller novel by British author Graham Greene Fueled by Benzedrine Greene wrote it in six weeks To avoid distraction he rented a room in Bloomsbury from a landlady who lived in an apartment below him He used that apartment in the novel it s where D hides for a day and had an affair with the landlady s daughter He wrote the book for money and was so displeased with his work that he wanted it published under a pseudonym Plot D a former university professor speaking perfect English is sent by his government two years into a vicious civil war on a secret mission to buy coal in England Traumatised by the war in which his wife was executed in error and he was buried alive in an air raid England to him is a place of peace and happy memories 2012 1380 317 9644481631 1395 284 9786009582488 20

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Gland sent on a mission to buy coal at any price Initially this seems to be a matter of straightforward negotiation but soon implicated in murder accused of po. Greene wrote this story in six weeks The main character D is a rebel from a civil war who arrives in England on a secret mission to buy coal From the start everything goes wrong The other side is trying to stop him and his trauma from his experiences in the war such as his wife executed buried alive in a bombing raid all make him paranoid He meets Rose the daughter of the industrialist he is to negotiate with and he is beaten up shot at and set up for a murder The story is exciting and was made into a movie with Lauren Bacall Overall a good espionage story set in a foggy grimy 1930s England

  • Paperback
  • 247
  • The Confidential Agent
  • Graham Greene
  • English
  • 09 October 2019
  • 9780099286196