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Taking what you get

Walter Kendrick, 6 December 1984

Getting to know the General: The Story of an Involvement 
by Graham Greene.
Bodley Head, 224 pp., £8.95, September 1984, 0 370 30808 5
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Saints, Sinners and Comedians: The Novels of Graham Greene 
by Roger Sharrock.
Burns and Oates, 298 pp., £15, September 1984, 0 86012 134 8
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Travels in Greeneland: The Cinema of Graham Greene 
by Quentin Falk.
Quartet, 229 pp., £14.95, September 1984, 0 7043 2425 3
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The Other Man: Conversations with Graham Greene 
by Marie-Françoise Allain.
Bodley Head, 187 pp., £7.50, April 1983, 0 370 30468 3
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... a response; he purveys it in A Sort of Life (1971), Ways of Escape (1980), and again to Marie-Françoise Allain. The repeated truth is that Greene converted to Catholicism in 1926 (in order, so he always says, to facilitate marriage to a Catholic), with the result that all his novels are Catholic, if the writer’s Catholicism gives the same ...

Dream on

C.K. Stead, 3 December 1992

A World of My Own: A Dream Diary 
by Graham Greene.
Reinhardt, 116 pp., £12.99, October 1992, 1 871061 36 9
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... fifties, cotinuing almost until his death at the age of 82. It is also clear from what he told Marie-Françoise Allain in their conversation-book, The Other Man, that Greene came to depend on dreaming, or on the mental region in which dreams are generated, to help him through some of the difficulties of fictional composition. He liked to begin writing ...

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