Course Code: 4XGG10B19
Start Date: 09/01/2020Day of the Week:
Length in weeks: 10
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
These days, Graham Greene is rather out of fashion which is a pity; because not only is he an entertaining storyteller but his novels deal with problems that are still current. William Golding described him as ‘the ultimate chronicler of twentieth-century man’s consciousness and anxiety’. His starting point was always the isolation of the individual and he saw the novelist’s task as being ‘devil’s advocate, eliciting sympathy and a measure of understanding for those who lie outside the boundaries of state approval.’ Although he dismissed the idea that he was a Catholic novelist, his faith means that there is always a profound and mysterious spiritual dimension to his writing. Not the least of Greene’s virtues is his clarity. We will be reading three fairly short novels: The Heart of the Matter; The End of the Affair, and Monsignor Quixote.