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Agatha Christie – The Big Four | Review

Title: The Big Four

Author: Agatha Christie

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 160

Rating: 4/5

This is a Hercule Poirot book in which the great detective comes up against a criminal network called The Big Four, which is hell-bent on world domination. It’s arguably one of the books in which the stakes are the highest, and I think that in itself makes it interesting.

But I also thought that the story line was pretty good, and I think that it would even be a decent one to go to if you’re relatively new to Poirot. It would make a good movie too, especially if you could get an ensemble cast, and so I’m kind of surprised that it’s not more popular than it is.

Still, there was at least something about it that stopped it from making its way into my top tier of Agatha Christie books. It was good but not great, I guess.

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Graham Greene – Brighton Rock | Review

Title: Brighton Rock

Author: Graham Greene

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 269

Rating: 8/10

 

Graham Greene - Brighton Rock

Graham Greene – Brighton Rock

 

Brighton Rock is probably Graham Greene’s most well-known novel, and it’s well-known for a good reason – it’s one of his better works, although I feel like I say that every time I read one of his books. It’s also one of several novels which were adapted for the silver screen.

The classic tale follows a gangster called Pinkie, the anti-hero who’s more of a criminal. He’s kind of like Holden Caulfield, only a little more sinister, a man who runs a mob at the tender age of seventeen. Interestingly, it’s also a self-referential piece of work – the murder of the previous boss occurs in A Gun for Sale, one of Greene’s earlier novels, and that allows Pinkie to take over the mob in the first place.

Pinkie himself is a fascinating character, and while you might not be able to relate to his way of life, you’ll be able to relate to the human needs and urges that lie beneath his rocky personality. The supporting characters aren’t as memorable, but I suspect that that’s deliberate, to highlight Pinkie for readers.

Brighton Rock is far from Greene’s strongest novel, and I’d recommend checking out some of his entertainments, like Travels with my Aunt, as well as his more serious work like The Heart of the Matter. Brighton Rock can wait, but make sure that you get round to it in the end – it’d be a shame to miss out, and perhaps you’ll see what the fuss is all about.

 

Graham Greene

Graham Greene

 

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