Graham Greene’s Battlefield

I’m still sick and reading, so I recently made it through another Graham Greene. Specifically, It’s a Battlefield.

It’s an interesting read – it feels different to some of his other work. In general it’s closer to some of his more serious work, less like some of the entertaining pieces.

What’s different is that rather than following a single character, in this one Greene follows a handful of them. There is no real protagonist, as such; every character is deeply flawed, in their own way.

I love Graham Greene, but this isn’t one of his best pieces. It has a fascinating set of themes – politics and power in pre-war London – but it doesn’t come together in the same way as some of his better pieces.

Maybe worth reading if you’re into Greene; but if you’re just starting to read his stuff, worth starting with one of the other ones.


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