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Brighton Rock by Graham Greene

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I just love this man’s writing. The 17-year old, razor happy gang leader, Pinkie, is one of fiction’s great characters, truly nasty. Despite the dated period, the underlying message is the same today as it ever was. It is perhaps Greene’s greatest book.

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Brighton Rock by Graham Greene

The movie of Brighton Rock opens on 4 February 2011. See a trailer below.

A gang war is raging through the dark underworld of Brighton. Pinkie, malign and ruthless, has killed a man. Believing he can escape retribution, he is unprepared for the courageous, life-embracing Ida Arnold, who is determined to avenge a death.

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The most ingenious, inventive and exciting of our novelists... A master of storytelling -- V. S. Pritchett * The Times * I read Brighton Rock when I was about thirteen. One of the first lessons I took from it was that a serious novel could be an exciting novel - that the novel of adventure could also be the novel of ideas -- Ian McEwan Graham Greene had wit and grace and character and story and a transcendent universal compassion that places him for all time in the ranks of world literature -- John le Carre A superb storyteller with a gift for provoking controversy * New York Times *

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Graham Greene
Graham Greene was born in 1904. He was a member of the Order of Merit and a Companion of Honour. Graham Greene died in April 1991. Among the many people who paid tribute to him on his death was Kingsley Amis: 'He will be missed all over the world. Until today, he was our greatest living novelist.'

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7th October 2004


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Vintage Classic


288 pages


Literary Fiction
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Classic fiction (pre c 1945)



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