Author: Graham Greene
Page Count/Review Word Count: 325
This book’s a little different to your average, run of the mill novel – Reflections is, in fact, a collection of the articles that Graham Greene wrote for an assortment of newspapers throughout his career, a bit like By-line by Ernest Hemingway. Spanning nearly seven decades of his writing, it’s definitely a must-have for any serious fan of Graham Greene, and I’m actually convinced that even new readers will enjoy it, although they might find it slow going. The fact is, as with any author, it’s interesting to see inside his mind, and to see what he was interested in outside of writing.
You can expect a good mixture of subject matters too, from travel writing to essays and reviews of the movies of the time – it’s a bit like going out on a journey, as it’s in chronological order. The world was changing around him on a daily basis, and Greene was like time’s guinea pig as he wrote and wrote and wrote, his style the same but the subject matter changing as he aged.
Still, Greene’s unique take is the main attraction on offer here, and you learn almost as much about the author as you do about the subjects that he talks about – indeed, in some cases, I had literally no idea what he was going on about, but it was a lot of fun just the same.
It’s hard to pick out individuals articles which stand out above the others because there are just so many of them – that also means that it’s quite a long read, but it’s worth starting and sticking to if you’re interested in either the changes that took place or the author himself. They just don’t make writers like this any more, and Greene’s generation is really the last generation to be composed of that rare archetype, the English gentleman.