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 ahead This is a record of hate far than of love writes Maurice Bendrix in the opening passages of The

  • Title: The End of the Affair
  • Author: Graham Greene Michael Gorra
  • ISBN: 9780142437988
  • Page: 154
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  • A story has no beginning or end arbitrarily one chooses a moment of experience from which to look ahead This 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 af A story has no beginning or end arbitrarily one chooses a moment of experience from which to look ahead This 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.

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      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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    • 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 a relationship did recently end for me, and that kind of thing is painful, and tough to deal with, as you probably know.) This novel helped me through all that [...]

    • 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 far more than of love." - Maurice Bendrix"The End of the Affair" is about a writer named Maurice Bendrix. Maurice is a very jealou [...]

    • 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, beliefe 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 [...]

    • “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 t [...]

    • 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 Greene more widely read? [...]

    • I am not only committing to the five stars for this review, I wish I could give it more. To 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 [...]

    • 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 deserve more than 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 [...]

    • 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 often had people come onto my reviews and say, “Oh, thanks for [...]

    • 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 W [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • I'm trying very badly not to launch into a full fledged rant against this book as I type this out because rants are rarely, if ever, proper reviews. And I want to pose a rational argument explaining my dislike for this book. As much as the sexist ramblings of the protagonist and the selfish, irrational actions of the main characters served to irritate me to a great extent, I still reigned in my impatience and held out hope for the narrative till the time I was done with the very last page. But s [...]

    • I really liked this book until the last few chapters. And then I wanted to throw it across the room.I knew the basic plot of The End of the Affair because I had seen the movie version with Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore, but this was my first serious consideration of the text. It is a novel about the jealousy and anger one man feels after a love affair has ended. “I measured love by the extent of my jealousy.” Maurice Bendrix is a writer who is obsessed with Sarah Miles. Sarah abruptly end [...]

    • "A Thinly Disguised Autobiography" (Fictitious Letters Never Sent or Written)Letter 1 (dated April 30, 1950 from CW to GG):Oh, my most desirable Godfather,I’m sorry to learn you’re suffering from writer’s block. I don't recall you mentioning this affliction before. I’m not the best one to give advice on such matters, but they say you should write about things with which you are familiar, not that there is much for you that doesn’t fit within this category. Perhaps, my love, you could w [...]

    • A contemporary novel entitled The End of the Affair would be a very different book. But this is not a contemporary novel; it dates from 1951. It is set in Clapham, London, partly during the Blitz of World War II, and partly later in 1946, and since it is written by Graham Greene "the affair" covers a far wider scope than the reader might expect. It dates from what are considered to be the author's best years, the age of postwar austerity, keying in to the readers of the time's recent vivid memor [...]

    • When does love end? Does it ever really end? I cannot answer these questions, nor will I try to. You see, for me, the end doesn’t really matter. Why can’t love be as it is and why must it end altogether? “ love had turned into a love-affair with a beginning and an end.” quips Bendrix, the affair may end but love is different matter . Sometimes I think that people love endings because they fear the continuity of life. They crave the solidity of a construct with a beginning and an end. You [...]

    • Love is in the air--or maybe anxiously repressed--in February and my romantic literature jag continues with The End of the Affair, the 1951 doomed romance by Graham Greene. This was my first exposure to Greene's fiction and while I was struck by the celebrated British author's intricate prose, keeping time like a Swiss clock, this novel is deficient in story, forgoing action for the reflections of its melancholy male narrator. These musings proceed from revealing to unceasing and finally, I just [...]

    • Of Love and HateI first read this in 2007, and wrote a brief review on , which I reprint below. Reading it again now, ten years later, I very much stand by my original views and rating, but find myself fascinated by different things.======[2007 review] I wish it were possible to read certain books for the first time without knowing how they will turn out. But publishers seem to imagine that once a book becomes a classic (and this is one of Greene's masterpieces) the plot becomes common property. [...]

    • I didn't love this novel as much as I understand I should, based upon views of my most erudite GR friends. Further processing no doubt is in order prior to penning a review.

    • Published in 1951, this is set in London during, and shortly after, the years of the Second World War and draws autobiographically on his own love affair with Lady Catherine Walston, which began in 1947. This book is more a record of hate, than of love, our central character, Maurice Bendrix tells us. Indeed, Bendrix is full of hate and anger, jealousy and spite. The novel begins in 1946, when Bendrix, an author, runs into Henry Miles on Clapham Common. Bendrix was having an affair with Henry’ [...]

    • It's a true gem.I'm a Buddhist,so it's somewhat hard for me to understand some parts about Christianity. I've never read a book that tells me how deeply love can affect each other and how difficult to love or to be loved is. In this book,‘LOVE’and‘HATE’are never,ever mundane and cheap words,to be sure.

    • Just Let You Leave Without a Trace?"How can you just walk away from me,When all I can do is watch you leave?Cause we've shared the laughter & the pain and even shared the tearsYou're the only one who really knew me at all."Phil Collins, Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now), 1983.As I'm trying to write a review worthy of this book, for some reason this damn song keeps replaying in my head. I guess it does sort of remind me of the plot of this book. [In any case, I MUST finish writing this [...]

    • I’m not at peace anymore. I just want him like I used to in the old days. I want to be eating sandwiches with him. I want to be drinking with him in a bar. I’m tired and I don’t want anymore pain. I want Maurice. I want ordinary corrupt human love. Dear God, you know I want to want Your pain, but I don’t want it now. Take it away for a while and give it me another time. I'm reeling in astonishment at this incredible work. Not only was Colin Firth's audio performance of this astounding (d [...]

    • “Man has places in his heart which do not yet exist, and into them enters suffering, in order that they may have existence.” -Leon BloyIn light of their shared experience of a late conversion to Roman Catholicism, it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Greene utilised a quote from brother in spirit Leon Bloy, himself formerly a violent reactionary to the Catholic Church, at the beginning of ‘The End of the Affair’.As it turns out, this quote also serves as a fitting preamble to the tra [...]

    • This book was not at all what I expected. It took a turn that I could not have imagined and then it became about so much more than just an ending of a love affair, it became about love itself, about hate, about jealousy and indifference. And it became about religion and about God, which is an entirely different thing than religion itself. I felt pain and confusion and sorrow and anger. I was Bendrix and then I was Sarah, and I understood and misunderstood them equally. Greene is a masterful stor [...]

    • For the past ten years or so I’ve been visiting my local libraries. I felt that at that stage in my life, I couldn’t afford that whole ‘take a chance’ aspect on buying a book and then thinking it’s crap. I guess it’s all part of that growing up or maybe an extension of being cheap or maybe I just felt that wine was a more worthy purchase. Who knows. Every now and then, I get a book that some patron has felt the need to mark up. I’m not a fan of doing this myself and if it’s done [...]

    • This book is about love, hate, obsession, belief, writing, trust, fate, coincidence, passion, warfare Actually, it would probably be easier to list the subjects this book doesn't touch upon, so broad is it in scope!Greene's writing is masterful and absolutely gorgeous. I've not read any of his work before but I'm definitely a convert now I've read this one. His writing has a way of twisting its way around your mind and pulling you in.I didn't want this book to end so much that, when I finished i [...]

    • The opening lines of this book always travel up and down my spine upon reading them. The narrator declares that the story is one of hate, but you'll likely disagree. It's a story of love, lust and faith and the baptism of desire. One of the things I appreciate about Greene's novels is that metaphysical and religious themes are explored through broken, flawed characters. Readers are frequently repulsed by characters that are too holy - there's no possibility of that reaction to Greene's character [...]

    • English novelist Graham Greene (1904-1991) published this novel in 1951 when he was 47 years old. He dedicated this book to "C" who was Catherine Walston, his real-life mistress.I have never been a cynic when it comes to love. The same question I raised when I read De Profundis by Oscar Wilde or Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proloux. Forbidden love. Be it about gay love or illicit affair of a married person to a single one or between two married people, it is love and who are we to question about [...]

    • Exquisite.This book has been on my currently reading shelf for a long time, and here's why: 6 pages in, I realized this read had potential to knock my socks off. I did not want to be interrupted by telemarketers calling to inform me my car warranty is almost up, the dog barking at whoever farted down the street, or my kid wanting me to be a parent. (CAN'T YOU SEE MOMMY IS READING!?!?!)So, I made a date with this book. I planned for it. I started drinking coffee at 4 in the afternoon, so I could [...]

    • Jealousy, or so I have always believed, exists only with desire. The Old Testament writers were fond of using the words 'a jealous God', and perhaps it was their rough and oblique way of expressing belief in the love of God for man. So, a novel about a passionate and illicit love affair that is transmuted over the course of the story into a religiou epiphany. Maurice Bendrix is a popular writer who falls in love in London during the Blitz (1939) with a married woman. Their passion burns itself o [...]

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