The Confidential Agent: An Entertainment

The Confidential Agent: An Entertainment

Graham Greene / Jun 01, 2020
The Confidential Agent An Entertainment WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY IAN RANKIN 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 Eng
  • Title: The Confidential Agent: An Entertainment
  • Author: Graham Greene
  • ISBN: 9780140185386
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Paperback
  • WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY IAN RANKIN.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 fWITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY IAN RANKIN.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 becomes a hunted man, tormented by allegiances, doubts and the love of others.
    Confidential Agent Nov , Directed by Herman Shumlin With Charles Boyer, Lauren Bacall, Katina Paxinou, Peter Lorre In , agents from the opposing sides of the Spanish Civil War travel to the neutral UK to secure coal contracts and to undermine each other s efforts. The Confidential Agent An Entertainment If The Confidential Agent doesn t read like a labor of love, that s because it wasn t one What it is is hard to say The story concerns a character called D who represents the government of an unnamed nation trying to put down a rebellion. The Confidential Agent by Graham Greene The Confidential Agent 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. The Confidential Agent An Entertainment Twentieth If The Confidential Agent doesn t read like a labor of love, that s because it wasn t one What it is is hard to say The story concerns a character called D who represents the government of an unnamed nation trying to put down a rebellion. Confidential Agent Rotten Tomatoes During the Spanish Civil War, a republican courier travels to England to try and buy coal He meets with an amount of local hostility, while his life is at risk from those on the fascist side. Confidential Agent Full Cast Crew Confidential Agent cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and . Confidential Agent The confidential agent Open Library rowsThe confidential agent an entertainment , Published for the British Publishers Guild BBC Radio Drama, Graham Greene The Confidential Agent Graham Greene The Confidential Agent Drama The Spanish Civil War spills onto English soil in Graham Greene s tense thriller Adapted by Nick Perry Available now Episode Duration .
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      • Graham Greene

        Henry Graham Greene, OM, CH was an English novelist, short story writer, playwright, screenplay writer, travel writer and critic whose works explore the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world Greene combined serious literary acclaim with wide popularity.Although Greene objected strongly to being described as a Catholic novelist rather than as a novelist who happened to be Catholic, Catholic religious themes are at the root of much of his writing, especially the four major Catholic novels Brighton Rock, The Heart of the Matter, The End of the Affair, and The Power and the Glory Works such as The Quiet American, Our Man in Havana and The Human Factor also show an avid interest in the workings of international politics and espionage Excerpted from

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    1. 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 becomes a hunted man, tormented by allegiances, doubts a [...]


    2. 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, people are being driven to an almost post human ignobility Attempting to stay above the feral pragmatism, an agent known as D makes his way to England The timeframe and circumstances suggest The Spanish Civil War, but the details blur into a generic European nightmare D is a classics professor and the reader feels for his obsolescence in these dark tim [...]


    3. 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.


    4. 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.


    5. 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 years.Now, 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 single word is ever surplus to requirements It is a joy and pleasure to read what he has written The Confidential Agent was written by Greene, as one of his [...]


    6. UnabridgedDuration 7h 30 minRead by Patrick TullFrom BBC Radio 4 Drama Graham 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 murder.Greene wrote The Confidential Agent at the same time as his masterpie [...]


    7. In 1938, Graham Greene was busy writing two novels The better known book became his classic, The Power and the Glory, about the Mexican whiskey priest But Greene feared that The Power and the Glory would not sell, and he needed money to support his family Therefore, in the mornings, he wrote one of his entertainments , The Confidential Agent As an entertainment, The Confidential Agent qualifies as a thriller It has a fast moving plot, reversals of fortune, and plenty of action In this regard, Gr [...]


    8. Review first published on BookLikes brokentuneoklikes post The gulls swept over Dover They sailed out like flakes of the fog, and tacked back towards the hidden town, while the siren mourned with them other ships replied, a whole wake lifted up their voices for whose death So begins the story of D D is an agent a confidential agent who is sent to England on a mission Having arrived in Dover, nothing goes to plan and D is soon pitched against another agent LIn this race to fulfill his task, D is [...]


    9. A 3.5 star book.First published in 1939 the first year of World War II I found reading The Confidential Agent by Graham Greene relatively entertaining due to its seemingly remote setting which vaguely reminds its readers on the looming atmosphere of countries at war However, we should read its synopsis and introduction by Ian Rankin so that we get some background understanding, in other words, we have light with essential information rather than keep reading like being in a dark tunnel and tedi [...]


    10. In the introduction of this book Graham Greene confessed that the book was written as an entertainment designed to appeal to enough people to leave his family financially secure in case he died in WWII and secondly that to get the energy to push it out while writing the power and the glory he consumed large quantities of amphetimines This last fact answers an idle curiosity I never knew I had, but which has now become rather all consuming What would ones favourite authors produce if they ingeste [...]


    11. D is a confidential agent, a poor intellectual, who has come to post war England to make a coal deal for the government of his unspecified Eastern European country On the boat he sees L, an upper class confidential agent charged with the same mission and working for the rebels D s country is at civil war and the deal is vital to both sides to win the conflict L does everything in his power to stop D and is aided by D s constant bad luck as he encounters various British officials and members of t [...]


    12. A friend of mine was being the Christmas Culture Fairy when she gave me this book for Christmas Sadly I have never read Greene before and this book was written in the 30s In my experience the language of many classics written pre 1950 has badly dated However I am happy to report that in the case of The Confidential Agent that is not the case.This is an excellent book with a great plot that the narrative drives along at a wonderfully fast pace.It also has a rather nice twist at the end too.It loo [...]



    13. I seemed to be keenest on those he subtitled An Entertainment The inside of this one explains, in order to distinguish it from serious work Hey I thought his entertainments were great.


    14. 1904 1 1933 2 1927 3 1929 3 5 6 1931 1933 1936 1934 1936 1937 1938 2 7 1939 8 9 10 1939 1941 SIS 1943 11 SIS 12 1944 13 14 1949 1950 15 1991 87 Quiet American 40 1991 20 21 16 17 1928 2 109 500 .1 Berckhamsted2 Babbling April3 Vivienne Dayrell Browning4.The man within5.The name of action6.Rumour at night fall7 Lawless roads8.The power and The Glory9.Hawthorden10 Confidential Agent11 My Silent war12 Our man in Havana13 Third man14 [...]


    15. This is one of Graham Greene s self styled entertainments , a label I ve always found slightly irritating because it seems to contain than a little false modesty In truth The Confidential Agent is, like pretty much everything else Greene wrote, very, very good As an espionage thriller it is top notch, as tightly written as Eric Ambler s best stuff and with the seedy, claustrophobic mood of John le Carre s better Smiley novels I thought there were also strong nods to Kafka, not just in the namin [...]


    16. I don t remember now whether The Power And The Glory was the first Greene novel I read it might have been The Third Man or Our Man in Havana I mention this because The Confidential Agent was written in parallel with The Power And The Glory, working on one each morning, and switching to the other in the afternoon An unusual writing regime One might have expected that the novels would turn out to be very similar, but had I not known the publication dates and read Greene s Introduction where he exp [...]


    17. Earlier in the year, while traveling in Chiapas, Mexico, I read Graham Greene s The Power and The Glory a deeply moving book, but also one of the most depressing I d ever read I said to myself, Well that s enough Graham Greene Then I watched one of my favorite movies of all time, The Third Man, starring Orson Wells the story was from a Graham Greene book and I decided to give the author another go I noticed that he had written two kinds of books those he called novels, and some he called enterta [...]


    18. Graham Greene writes about the unsaleability of a book called The Power and the Glory So he writes this book in the mornings, then writes the serious novel in the afternoons whilst helping dig trenches on London s commons with the war looming He takes benzedrine to keep him going The Confidential Agent feels drug fuelled There s a fever to the adventure, a well drawn set of characters leaping out of the shadows at each other, with the paranoid agent D in the middle of the muddle A book to power [...]


    19. A solid early work by Greene, but I certainly wouldn t put it up there with other favorites of mine, namely The Quiet American or The Power and the Glory.This book certainly contains the elements that make Greene s later, controlled works as great as they are a very human, very thoughtful protagonist an engaging tale of intrigue and adventure and than a little humor mixed in for seasoning Still, the whole doesn t come together quite a strongly as what Greene would write afterwards.The tale of [...]


    20. There s no denying this was an enjoyable read I finished it in one sitting Greene s portrayal of D s struggle to find something worth fighting for, to find some goodness in a crooked world, made good what would otherwise have been a fairly by the numbers thriller The rarity and beauty of trust is the major theme Despite the prevailing miasma of distrust, through two choice relationships with young women, D s spinning moral compass is focused on what is good.While the greatest book s strengths li [...]


    21. It is tough to rate this By modern standards it s slow moving and the characters are quaint There s unusual emphasis on the protagonist s motives, and a great effort is made to contrast his loyalty to the duplicity of all the other characters who are his countrymen England seems safe to the foreign protagonist, but is in fact always dangerous I think I may not be bright enough to appreciate this novel, or any of Greene s books, for that matter Still, I had a good time reading it After all, it s [...]



    22. Graham Greene really knew how to write a sentence, and this book is full of startlingly good ones He also knew how to craft a scene, and this book has some funny ones That said, for one of his entertainments the books Greene wrote that he didn t consider serious literary works this book could be entertaining It s kind of dreary and angst ridden.




    23. Great fun full of vivid characters, big ideas and beautiful writing Greene wrote the kind of books I d like to write entertainments to borrow his word with substance.


    24. beautiful prose, alienated single initialed deeply moral protagonist, 1930 s cloak and dagger action, insights about the effects of war on the psyche.


    25. This is the twelfth Graham Greene novel I ve read this summer That would be my entire review if didn t demand text in a review I don t know what to say other than all his themes, motifs and stylistic ways are present His description of place is, perhaps, his strong suit A train ride through the Midlands is pastoral and stark at the same time A brief part of the book is set in a seaside hotel I wouldn t say that part is than six pages, but its documentary accuracy and insight into the concept o [...]


    26. This is not quite as good as A Gun for Sale, which I read a couple of weeks before the present volume, but it is still pretty damn good The world weary central character identified only as D has a wonderfully sardonic sense of humour and the spoilt little rich girl Rose Cullen with whom he teams up from time to time provides good value There is an impressively varied and unusual range of situations I loved the Entrenationo lessons and the changing of trains at Willing and some nice humorous touc [...]


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