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A Gun For Sale An Entertainment (Paperback)

Author:  Graham Greene Introduction:  Samuel Hynes
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 014303930X
ISBN-13: 9780143039303
Sku: 31204407
Publish Date: 9/1/2005
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.75H x 5L x 0.75T
Pages:  184
Age Range:  NA
 
An assassin for hire, Raven becomes both the hunter and the hunted when he is paid for his latest killing with stolen notes and becomes a man on the run as he must track down the agent who double-crossed him while, at the same time, eluding the police. Reprint. *Author: Greene, Graham *Series Title: Penguin Classics *Subtitle: An Entertainment *Publication Date: 2005/09/01 *Number of Pages: 184 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 7.75
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An assassin for hire, Raven becomes both the hunter and the hunted when he is paid for his latest killing with stolen notes and becomes a man on the run as he must track down the agent who double-crossed him while, at the same time, eluding the police. Reprint.
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A detective story about a cold-blooded killer.
Author Bio
Graham Greene
Greene was one of six children, the son of the headmaster of a boys' school, and a cousin of Robert Louis Stevenson. A shy, unhappy child, he made several suicide attempts. After attending Oxford (where he made a specialty of Russian roulette), in 1927 he married Vivien Dayrell-Browning, a Catholic--an act that enraged his family. The estrangement became even worse when Greene himself converted to Catholicism. He and his wife--to whom Greene was chronically unfaithful--had a son and a daughter, and later separated. Greene began his writing career as a journalist, but in 1929, his first novel, THE MAN WITHIN, was published, and thereafter he made his living as a writer--at first with difficulty, later with considerable success. Greene classified his fiction as either serious novels or "entertainments," in which he begins with the conventions of genre fiction but invariably lifts them into the realm of literature by the power of his writing. (BRIGHTON ROCK is only one of many examples.) A large percentage of his works also explore the Catholic themes of sin and redemption. Greene was an intelligence agent in World War II, which gave him material for some of his best spy novels. He wrote in nearly every literary genre, and more than 20 of his works have been made into movies including THE QUIET AMERICAN in 1958 (a film Greene loathed for its falsely happy ending and excision of the novel's strongly anti-American sentiments) and again in 2002 (a critically acclaimed film that restored Greene's themes); he also wrote screenplays and film reviews. Greene lived to be 86, and continued to write until nearly the end of his life.

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Boston Transcript
"They don't come much better than this one, and we challenge anyone to read the first seven pages and stop." - C. Morton 06/27/1936

New York Times
"The story is well contrived and Mr. Greene tries to probe below the surface in his study of a young killer, to avoid both the callousness of some stereotyped crime stories and the sentimentality of others. The result is a readable and more than usually intelligent thriller, which, however, fails to attain to any higher category. It isn't quite as convincing or quite as moving as the best Burnett novels. But it's a lot better than the machine-made yarns in the field." - F. Marsh 06/21/1936

New Statesman
"Mr. Greene's style is flowing, sensitive and dramatic, his dialogue pointed, the psychology convincing enough and yet somehow with an edge of distortion. Occasionally, where the dream thins out and we half wake to the world of Yard men, comic constables, skirts, tough guys, we begin to worry and question; but next moment we float off once more and regain our willing suspension of disbelief." - Rosamond Lehmann 08/01/1936

Spectator
"There is not a clean limb in the story, and Aunt Sallies, from rich thugs to wearers of old school ties, fall in heaps in the course of a personally conducted lightning tour of the seamy side. Mr. Greene describes all this as an entertainment. He is right. It is. Try it and see." - William Plomer 07/17/1936

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0184
Product attributePublisher:   Penguin Books
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