Review: Graham Greene’s “The Heart of the Matter”

by writereaderly

Finally read it! Had to go back to the beginning since my bookmark last moved some time in, oh, perhaps March(?), but it was quite readable, if unremittingly bleak. Deputy Commissioner Scobie of Unnamed Port in Unnamed British West African Colony is first sinless, miserable and trapped in the world. The plot wrangling leads only to his being sinful, miserable, and trapped in the other world. The end. Obviously West Africa didn’t agree with Greene’s spiritual digestion.

Where it came from: Farm Bookshelf
Time and manner of reading: A couple of bed-reads
Where it went: Home
Reminds me of: Camus? Sartre? Neitzsche? Any of those happy souls who wants to make you feel that life’s not worth living
Who I’d recommend it to: Those in need of gloom and doom. Warm bath and scalpel should also be at hand.
Also reading: Nothing! Ha!

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