Journey Without Maps (Paperback)

Author: Greene, Graham

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His mind crowded with vivid images of Africa, Graham Greene set off in 1935 to discover Liberia, a remote and unfamiliar republic founded for released slaves. Now with a new introduction by Paul Theroux, "Journey Without Maps" is the spellbinding record of Greene''s journey. Crossing the red-clay terrain from Sierra Leone to the coast of Grand Bassa with a chain of porters, he came to know one of the few areas of Africa untouched by colonization. Western civilization had not yet impinged on either the human psyche or the social structure, and neither poverty, disease, nor hunger seemed able to quell the native spirit. BACKCOVER: ?One of the best travel books [of the twentieth] century.?
?Norman Sherry
?"Journey Without Maps" and "The Lawless Roads" reveal Greene''s ravening spiritual hunger, a desperate need to touch rock bottom within the self and in the humanly created world.?
"?The Times Higher Education Supplement"


Publisher Penguin Group USA
Mfg Part# 9780143039723
SKU 202159931
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0143039725
Release Date 6/27/2006
Dimensions (in Inches) 7.5H x 5L x 0.25T
Author Info
Paul Theroux
Son of a leather salesman and a schoolteacher, Theroux is one of six children. He began writing at the age of 14. After high school, he attended the University of Maine and the University of Massachusetts (B.A., 1963), then began graduate school at Syracuse University but dropped out to join the Peace Corps. He taught English in Malawi until he was deported for his (unwitting) involvement in a plot to assassinate the head of the government. He then taught in Uganda until 1968, and in Singapore until 1971. By then, he had published five novels, and he gave up teaching to write. He married and lived in England, but after his divorce he began to live part of the time in the U.S. Much of his fiction is set in the places where he has lived, and deals with the situation of an American expatriate. It was not until the publication of his best-selling travel book, THE GREAT RAILWAY BAZAAR, that Theroux became a popular writer.
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.
"No one who reads the book will question the value of Mr. Green's experiment, or emerge unshaken by the penetration, the richness, the integrity of this moving record. No mental armour will be altogether proof against the subtlety of the arrangement and delivery of this material. It is a book to break down the mature and settled, yes, even the complacent heart."
"Mr. Greene's style is very sophisticated, graceful and indirect."
"As a very unusual travel book, 'Journey Without Maps' is vivid and absorbing, whether or not one shares the author's preoccupations and agrees with his ideas."
"Tart, discriminating, brilliantly selective, its underlying melancholy tempered by a genuine inner acrid merriment (he himself would have put it better; but commas would have been as scarce), the texture of his prose and the working of his imagination promise in every second line something a good deal better than brilliance. brings Greene no nearer to that something; but none will deny its brilliance."
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Annotation An account of the author's travels in Africa during the 1930s. Discursive and almost surrealistic in tone, it is as much a portrait of Greene himself as of the regions he passes through: Sierra Leone, Liberia, French Guinea, and the west coast.
Editors Note Details the author's 1935 journey in search of Liberia, a remote and unfamiliar West African republic founded for released slaves, recalling his journey across the red-clay terrain from Sierra Leone to the coast of Grand Bassa with a chain of porters and his discovery of one of the few areas of Africa untouched by Western colonization. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
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Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 18
Number of Pages 0242
Publisher Penguin Books

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