A Gun for Sale (Penguin Classics) by Graham Greene

By Graham Greene

Raven is an unsightly guy devoted to gruesome deeds. His cold-blooded killing of a eu Minister of conflict is an act of violence with chilling repercussions, not only for Raven himself yet for the state as a complete. the money he gets in money for the homicide is made of stolen notes. while the 1st of those is traced, Raven is a guy at the run. As he tracks down the agent who has been double-crossing him and makes an attempt to elude the police, he turns into either hunter and hunted: an unwitting weapon of a wierd type of social justice.

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Martin Amis’s Money (1984), set in 1981–2, is a transatlantic satire of the emerging Reagan–Thatcher era and its mood of acquisitiveness. The protagonist’s name, John Self, proclaims the intention to make him representative of the period. He shuttles between London and New York in the process of making a movie, and leading a hedonistic lifestyle on apparently inexhaustible funds. Self is a gross figure, ‘addicted to the twentieth century’ (p. 91), and most particularly to alcohol, pornography, and his own misogynistic world-view.

There are disillusionments for her as well, but in her relatively modest aspirations to be a brilliant lecturer with The State and the Novel 33 no desire to publish, the novel might seem to advocate a kind of quietism. 35 When Esther’s upstairs neighbour is arrested as the Harrow Road murderer, media attention forces her to sell her flat. In retreat from the social connectivity the episode demonstrates, she then decides to move to Italy. The novel, in fact, is an enactment of Alix’s perception of ‘the social structure’ as ‘a vast web, a vast network’ in which ‘we are all but a part of a whole which has its own, its distinct, its other meaning’ (pp.

The earth deepens to a more profound red. The sun bleeds, the earth bleeds. The sun stands still. (p. 396) The stasis of this conclusion embodies a curious ambivalence in which the progression from radiance to an image of blood and suffering is interrupted by the checked sunset. It is the narrator’s artifice, in effect, that arrests the characters’ attention, and that underscores the difficulty of weaving a cohesive social web or network in fiction. This challenging ending achieves in miniature that which the novel attempts as a whole.

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