The End of the Affair

The End of the Affair A Story Has No Beginning Or End Arbitrarily One Chooses A Moment Of Experience From Which To Look AheadThis Is A Record Of Hate Far Than Of Love, Writes Maurice Bendrix In The Opening Passages Of The End Of The Affair, And It Is A Strange Hate Indeed That Compels Him To Set Down The Retrospective Account Of His Adulterous Affair With Sarah Miles.Now, A Year After Sarah S Death, Bendrix Seeks To Exorcise The Persistence Of His Passion By Retracing Its Course From Obsessive Love To Love Hate At First, He Believes He Hates Sarah And Her Husband, Henry Yet As He Delves Further Into His Emotional Outlook, Bendrix S Hatred Shifts To The God He Feels Has Broken His Life, But Whose Existence At Last Comes To Recognize. This book is extremely special to me It amazed me It flipped me around and turned me upside down I was overtaken, absorbed, and transfixed in a whirlwind of emotion The End of the Affair was exactly what I needed to help me through some recent difficulties in my personal life No, I didn t have an affair with a married woman, heh But
5 Stars I just spent 3 days being read to by Colin Firth and it was fantastic This is the best narrated audiobook I have ever listened to Now let me say a little about the book itself I loved it From the first sentence I was entranced in this complicated love affair The writing is exquisite It grabbed my soul and set me on fire This is a record of hate farthan of love Maurice Bendrix The End of the Affair is about
this is the story of a jealous man and a jealous God fighting for the soul of a woman who desperately wants to believe in one of them.oh, and it s a complicated thing, belief.the relationshippy parts of this book are divine a woman in an unfulfilling marriage takes a lover, maurice, and puts all of herself into the relationship maurice, for his part, should perhaps have been called marcel, because his involvement in the relationship is pure proust overanalyzing, obsessing, becoming jealous this is the story of a jealous man and a jealous God fighting for the soul of a woman who desperately wants to believe in one of them.oh, and it s a complicated thing, belief.the relationshippy parts of this book are divine a woman in an unfulfilling marriage takes a lover, maurice, and puts all of herself into the relationship maurice, for his part, should perhaps have been called marcel, because his involvement in the relationship is pure proust overanalyzing, obsessing, becoming jealous of every past and possible future lover sarah has had or could have, anticipating the end of the relationship so frequently that he is rarely committed to the moment, loving the idea of sarah without understanding her as a woman until everything is over and unobtainable it is great stuff a man mourning a relationship he was never even fully involved in the fooli d rather be dead or see you dead, i said, than with another man i m not eccentric that s ordinary human love ask anybo
The sense of unhappiness is so much easier to convey than that of happiness In misery we seem aware of our own existence, even though it may be in the form of a monstrous egotism this pain of mine is individual, this nerve that winces belongs to me and to no other But happiness annihilates us we lose our identity The words of human love have been used by the saints to describe their vision of God, and so, I suppose, we might use the terms of prayer, meditation, contemplation to explain theThe sense of unhappiness is so mu
Of the less than ten novels in the universe which can conceivably be called PERFECT that is, without a single flaw, with so much mastery over the daunting literary terrain that it leaves the reader panting, gives him goosebumps, makes him believe in the sphere of art all over again two of them undoubtedly are written by Graham Greene I have lionized The Quiet American before Now it s The End of the Affair which left me wondering why isn t Graham Greenewidely read The yarn told is Of the less than ten novels in the universe which can conceivably be called PERFECT that is, without a single flaw, with so much mastery over the daunting literary terrain that it leaves the reader panting, gives him goosebumps, makes him believe in the sphere of art all over again two of them undoubtedly are written by Graham Greene I have lionized The Quiet American before Now it s The End of the Affair which left me wondering why isn t Graham Greenewidely read The yarn told is truly a cause for heartache the themes of adultery and death, an
I am not only committing to the five stars for this review, I wish I could give itTo say it deserves it would be rather an understatement Reading the book was actually one of those physically memorable experiences curling up in a ball with it, crouched over it reading behind piles of work I should have been doing, completely zoning out the world around me until it was forced to my attention, not to mention the actual physical pain I felt at the beauty of some of the language employed G I am not only committing to the five stars for this review, I wish I could give itTo say it deserves it would be rather an understatement Reading the book was actually one of those physically memorable experiences curling up in a ball with it, crouched over it reading behind piles of work I should have been doing, completely zoning out the world around me until it was forced to my attention, not to mention the actual physical pain I felt at the beauty of some of the language employed Greene s writing here is just absolutely astounding I cannot emphasize that enough It is an obsessive love he writes of, obstensibly That s what the back cover and the short summaries would have us believe that this book is about But that is not all this book is about Not even close.Greene writes about hatred, the nature of belief, the nature of God and what it means to
Spoil alert Can a reader feel like having a split personality I doubted myself while reading Graham Greene s The End of the Affair I loved it and hated it I thought it certainly deserved 5 stars for a few pages, but later found myself suffering so much and started loathing it So, it could not deservethan 2, right It s not fair to suffer for nothing, I had to make someone pay for it I loved Sarah and Bendrix and despised them at the same time Don t try to understand me, I don t under Spoil alert Can a reader feel like having a split personality I doubted myself while reading Graham Greene s The End of the Affair
Ruh roh.Sorry, Ben And Kelly And karen This book really did not do it for me In fact, that is kind of an understatement my two star rating is generous in that I actually feel sort of bad for disliking it as much as I did I know it hits certain people on an emotional, gut deep level and I am not arrogant enough I am arrogant, just not arrogant enough to universally proclaim its lack of literary value My point is that I ve ofte
Note every possible plot spoiler included here but I don t care Let s go.So let me get this right This miserable sourpuss atheistic type author guy Maurice meets this hot slutty their word woman Sarah who is married to England s most boring civil servant Henry They have a full on steamy affair right under Henry s nose for four years and are very happy, except Maurice gives the impression that even when he s happy he s miserable Like Morrissey Similar name Anyway, it s World War 2 an Note every possible plot spoiler included here but I don t care Let s go.So let me get this right This miserable sourpuss atheistic type author guy Maurice meets this hot slutty their word woman Sarah who is married to England s most boring civil servant Henry They have a full on steamy affair right under Henry s nose for four years and are very happy, except Maurice gives the impression that even when he s h
Update 11 11 2017 On this, my third experience of Graham Greene s masterpiece, I chose the audiobook, narrated by Colin Firth and I just want to say to all fellow citizens of our beautiful Planet Earth I m sorry.I m truly, truly sorry.I m sorry I was flippant with fossil fuels.I m sorry that I was erroneous with my emissions.I m sorry that I drove my car longer and slower than necessary.I m sorry that I took the long way home.It turns out, in listening to this audiobook of The End of the A Update 11 11 2017 On this, my third experience of Graham Greene s masterpiece, I chose the audiobook, narrated by Colin Firth and I just want to say to all fellow citizens of our beautiful Planet Earth I m sorry.I m truly, truly sorry.I m sorry I was flippant with fossil fuels.I m sorry that I was erroneous with my emissions.I m sorry that I drove my car longer and slower than necessary.I m sorry that I took the long way home.It turns out, in listening to this audiobook of The End of the Affair, I found myself unable resist the indomitable combination of Mr Darcy s oops, I mean Mr Firth s voice and Mr Greene s words
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  • Paperback
  • 160 pages
  • The End of the Affair
  • Graham Greene
  • English
  • 04 January 2019
  • 0099478447