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Graham Greene – Journey Without Maps | Review

Title: Journey Without Maps

Author: Graham Greene

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 250

Rating: 7/10


Graham Greene - Journey Without Maps

Graham Greene – Journey Without Maps


Journey Without Maps is, quite frankly, a piece of travel writing that’s taken on historical significance, the true story of Graham Greene’s first ever journey outside of Europe, across the border of Sierra Leone and in to Africa. It was also first published in 1936, before even the outbreak of the Second World War – as you can imagine, white men were neither common nor welcome in Liberia and the neighbouring areas, and so Greene’s work makes for incredibly interesting reading.

Sure, it can be tedious at times, purely because it’s hard work to imagine what it was actually like to go on that journey of his, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting – it’s just heavy going, and not the type of book you can read without really thinking. That’s probably why it’s just as good for the casual reader as it is for the academic, who wants to learn more about Africa in the 30s. If you fit in either category then it’s definitely worth buying.

In fact, if anything, it’s just as exciting as any of his novels, as if it’s made somehow more real by the fact that Greene himself is the central character, as well as the narrator. Besides, the journey itself would be no longer possible, I’m sure of it – the world has moved on in the last eighty years, for better or worse.


Graham Greene

Graham Greene


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Graham Greene – A Gun for Sale | Review

Title: A Gun for Sale

Author: Graham Greene

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 242

Rating: 8/10


Graham Greene - A Gun for Sale

Graham Greene – A Gun for Sale


Graham Greene had a knack for thrilling writing that left you turning page after page until you reached the end of his work in some sort of whirlwind of emotion and surprise. This book is no different, a fantastic tale of a murderer for hire who goes on the run after being betrayed, the sort of subject matter that Greene had experience with and an area of fiction in which he was more than proficient.

This is actually one of Greene’s earlier novels, released in 1936 only seven years after his debut novel, but he’d already matured in to a fascinating writer with a gift for capturing detail and a unique knack at writing dialogue. The characterisation is fantastic, particularly in the case of Raven (the protagonist), and the locations are believable even when you realise that they’re not necessarily grounded in reality – the closest we get is the fictional town of ‘Nottwich‘, which is clearly modeled on Nottingham.

Overall, it’s tough to find a reason not to recommend A Gun for Sale, but I also know that it isn’t for everyone; however, if you love a good spy thriller every now and then, you should go out and grab a copy at all costs. Otherwise, you can take it or leave it – I heartily recommend that you take it.


Graham Greene

Graham Greene


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