Title: A Burnt-Out Case
Author: Graham Greene
Page Count/Review Word Count: 136
A Burnt-Out Case follows the story of a famous architect called Querry, who travels to a leper colony in the Congo to try to find some meaning in his life. While there, the resident doctor says that Querry is the mental equivalent of a ‘burn-out case’, a term that’s used to describe leprosy patients who’ve lost an appendage.
It’s actually a genuinely heart-warming story and, while Querry has a few personal problems, he’s not as fundamentally unlikeable as some other, similar characters from the gamut of literary fiction. This, then, is one of Greene’s better works, and goodness knows he has a lot of them – it’s a great place to start if you’re relatively new.