Travels With My Aunt Review ✓ 2


Review Travels With My Aunt

Travels With My Aunt Review ✓ 2 å With Aunt Augusta a veteran of Europe’s hotel bedrooms dull suburban Henry travels her way through Brighton Paris Istanbul Paraguay and finds himself in a shiftless twilight society mixing with hippies war criminals CIA men; smoking pot breaking all currency regulations and eventually coming alive Greene not oNds himself in a shiftless twilight society mixing with hippies war criminals CIA men; smoking pot breaking all currency regulations and eve. Travels with My Aunt one of Graham Greene's later and lighter novels was my fourth by the author and although it might not have been the best it was certainly the most fun to read It’s a merry one for Greene who is normally associated with darker moralistic themes usually playing heavy on Catholicism At the heart of the story is bank manager Henry Pulling retired in his 50s whose boring suburban life including having an affection for dahlias is changed by his elderly Aunt Augusta who convinces him to go travelling with her What we have then is a uproarious romp of sorts starting in England moving across Europe and then later ending in Paraguay and as the narrative progresses the comical and lighter moments and there are plenty of them give way to a slightly menacing mood What is it to lead a good life That seems to be Greene's pondering uestion here Is enthusiasm for adventure a better way of living than a uiet comfortable life How far would one go to upgrade from a mediocre existence At the funeral of his mother we first meet Henry's Aunt Augusta and after decades of not really knowing her she takes him back to her apartment where she resides with her lover a middle aged man from Sierra Leone called Wordsworth Aunt Augusta who is one way or another is dabbling in some dodgy money making scam tells outrageous tales of her life and it seems there’s always some truth to them but the naive Henry is too lacking in worldly experience to fully understand the implications of some of her actions Suddenly Henry eyes are open to a different exciting way of living with his loveless existence being juxtaposed against his aunt’s often fascinating past The travels through France switzerland and Italy on the way to İstanbul via the Orient Express see others enter the story like Tooley an American girl on the loose her CIA father a fortune teller and a war criminal and when the scenery is dull Augusta passes the time by recalling her earlier lovers Added to the travelling we have a police investigation into Henry’s mother’s ashes being replaced with marijuana a spoonful of espionage and some truly funny one liners I get the sense Greene got much enjoyment from creating his two central characters who play off each other as polar opposite in various amusing set pieces along the way I didn't find the last third as good as the previous two but Travels with My Aunt was still a novel I much enjoyed I would be surprised if Greene wrote anything else as humorous as this

Travels With My AuntNds himself in a shiftless twilight society mixing with hippies war criminals CIA men; smoking pot breaking all currency regulations and eve. Travels with My Aunt one of Graham Greene's later and lighter novels was my fourth by the author and although it might not have been the best it was certainly the most fun to read It’s a merry one for Greene who is normally associated with darker moralistic themes usually playing heavy on Catholicism At the heart of the story is bank manager Henry Pulling retired in his 50s whose boring suburban life including having an affection for dahlias is changed by his elderly Aunt Augusta who convinces him to go travelling with her What we have then is a uproarious romp of sorts starting in England moving across Europe and then later ending in Paraguay and as the narrative progresses the comical and lighter moments and there are plenty of them give way to a slightly menacing mood What is it to lead a good life That seems to be Greene's pondering uestion here Is enthusiasm for adventure a better way of living than a uiet comfortable life How far would one go to upgrade from a mediocre existence At the funeral of his mother we first meet Henry's Aunt Augusta and after decades of not really knowing her she takes him back to her apartment where she resides with her lover a middle aged man from Sierra Leone called Wordsworth Aunt Augusta who is one way or another is dabbling in some dodgy money making scam tells outrageous tales of her life and it seems there’s always some truth to them but the naive Henry is too lacking in worldly experience to fully understand the implications of some of her actions Suddenly Henry eyes are open to a different exciting way of living with his loveless existence being juxtaposed against his aunt’s often fascinating past The travels through France switzerland and Italy on the way to İstanbul via the Orient Express see others enter the story like Tooley an American girl on the loose her CIA father a fortune teller and a war criminal and when the scenery is dull Augusta passes the time by recalling her earlier lovers Added to the travelling we have a police investigation into Henry’s mother’s ashes being replaced with marijuana a spoonful of espionage and some truly funny one liners I get the sense Greene got much enjoyment from creating his two central characters who play off each other as polar opposite in various amusing set pieces along the way I didn't find the last third as good as the previous two but Travels with My Aunt was still a novel I much enjoyed I would be surprised if Greene wrote anything else as humorous as this

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Travels With My Aunt ☆ With Aunt Augusta a veteran of Europe’s hotel bedrooms dull suburban Henry travels her way through Brighton Paris Istanbul Paraguay and fi. One's life is formed I sometimes think by books than by human beings it is out of books one learns about love and pain at second hand Even if we have the happy chance to fall in love it is because we have been conditioned by what we have read Graham Greene Travels With my AuntHaving only read one other Graham Greene book previously Brighton Rock I wasn't uite sure what to expect from this book It turned out to be a fun and entertaining story about Henry Puling a very unimaginative conservative retired English bachelor in his 50s who meets his eccentric Aunt Augusta for the first time in decades on the day of his mother's funeral Aunt Augusta is one of the most unforgettable characters I've ever come across in fiction; she's selfish unapologetic and has had uite the unconventional life especially if you consider that she's in her mid 70s and this story takes place in the late 1960s She takes Henry away from his boring humdrum life of tending dahlias and they end up travelling around the world breaking laws and meeting a motley crowdThere was a lot of dry humour in this book which seems to have stood the test of time While in Turkey Aunt Augusta says Politics in Turkey are taken seriously than they are at home It was only uite recently that they executed a Prime Minister We dream of it but they act Well it made me laughThe mildly infuriating Aunt Augusta is definitely a people person and loves to tell stories How true they are Henry still isn't uite sure Yet as he later muses What does the truth matter All characters once dead if they continue to exist in memory at all tend to become fictions Hamlet is no less real now than Winston Churchill and Joe Pulling no less historical than Don uixoteIn between all the shenanigans Greene leaves some food for thought Human communication it sometimes seems to me involves an exaggerated amount of time How briefly and to the point people always seem to speak on the stage or on the screen while in real life we stumble from phrase to phrase with endless repetition There's still some things I haven't figured out about this book yet I feel Greene packed a lot social commentary in here than my bookclub and I had time to discuss Firstly I felt he was poking fun at the postcolonial post War era but I don't know enough about England at this time to confirm this But maybe I wasn't meant to take the novel as seriously as I did at timesOne part did shock me though view spoiler Why on earth did Greene have Henry engaged to a 14 year old South American girl they will marry as soon as she turns 16 right on the last page What is this I found that deeply disturbing and want to know why Greene added that part especially right at the end hide spoiler Free read Ö PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ñ Graham Greene

Graham Greene ñ 2 Review

Graham Greene ñ 2 Review Ntually coming alive Greene not only gives us intoxicating entertainment but also confronts us with some of the most perplexing human dilemm. A fun rollicking story of a fun aunt The plot concerns middle aged retired banker’s travels in Europe and South America with his uirky Aunt whom he meets after his mother’s funeral Henry has a uiet English sort of life His aunt though is a completely different She tells him later his mother was not his motherWe can guess who the birth mother is can’t we From this point on she engages Henry in her various travels which become increasingly illegal and dangerous It is a first person story narrated by Henry He is naive We suspect things that Henry in his inexperienced and conservative ways doesn't understand Part of the story’s enjoyment is the tension Greene creates between Henry and his free wheeling Aunt This tension provides one of the most fun books I recommend