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by Graham Greene

eBook May We Borrow Your Husband?: And Other Comedies of the Sexual Life (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) epub
  • ISBN: 0140185372
  • Author: Graham Greene
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (July 7, 1992)
  • ePUB size: 1684 kb
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Also by Graham Greene. May We Borrow Your Husband? Beauty. Chagrin in Three Parts. May we borrow your husband? Graham Greene was born in 1904.

Also by Graham Greene. He established his reputation with his fourth novel, Stamboul Train. In 1935 he made a journey across Liberia, described in Journey Without Maps, and on his return was appointed film critic of the Spectator. In 1926 he had been received into the Roman Catholic Church and visited Mexico in 1938 to report on the religious persecution there.

Start by marking May We Borrow Your Husband . However, Greene is much more serious than Dahl and the mood of the book is autumnal. The Swinging Sixties gave us a Graham Greene who would have fit into a Pink Panther movie.

Start by marking May We Borrow Your Husband? & Other Comedies of the Sexual Life (20th-Century Classics) as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. The last tale of a fleeting moment between two strangers in Paris is the key story in this book of bittersweet stories about the realization of life's disappointments by an Englishman abroad. The characters in these stories tend to move from hotel to hotel, sharing drinks on patios overlooking grand staircases by the sea.

The best stories - May We Borrow Your Husband, Mortmain, Two Gentle People -combine the light touch of books like Travels With My Aunt with the darker side seen in Greene's novella Dr Fischer of Geneva. The title story foreshadows Dr Fischer, published in 1980, and is a narrative by an older man who falls for a woman who is much younger than him. In Dr Fischer, the narrator marries the girl but she conveniently dies leaving him to melancholy and sad musings.

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Graham Greene (1904–1991) is recognized as one of the most important writers of the twentieth century, achieving both literary acclaim and popular success. His best known works include Brighton Rock, The Heart of the Matter, The Quiet American, and The Power and the Glory. After leaving Oxford, Greene first pursued a career in journalism before dedicating himself full-time to writing with his first big success, Stamboul Train. He became involved in screenwriting and wrote adaptations for the cinema as well as original screenplays, the most successful being The Third Man.

The sense of the author at play dominates Graham Greene’s entertaining .

The sense of the author at play dominates Graham Greene’s entertaining anthology as the masterful British author looks at love, lies, vanity, mortality, romantic obsessions, and seduction from a dozen sharply observed perspectives (The New York Times). I had been at Antibes working on a book of mine, a biography of the seventeenth-century poet the Earl of Rochester, for more than a month before Poopy and her husband arrived. The balcony where I worked every morning on my life of Rochester overhung the terrace where the interior-decorators took their coffee, and even when they occupied a table out of sight those clear elocutionary voices mounted up to me.

ISBN 13: 9780140185379. May We Borrow Your Husband?: And Other Comedies of the Sexual Life (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics).

May We Borrow Your Husband? and Other Comedies of the Sexual Life is a collection of short stories by British writer Graham Greene, first published in 1967. The stories are quite diverse, ranging as they do in gender, location and era and in genre, from farce to melodrama to tragedy and occasionally all of those genres at once.

Pouvez-vous nous prêter votre mari?: et autres scènes de la vie sexuelle May we borrow your husband.

And Other Comedies Of The Sexual Life (penguin Twentieth-century Classics) . This is Graham Greene's third collection of catchy, sketchy short stories, one or two miniaturized to not more than five or six pages. They are subtitled And Other Comedies of the Sexual Life which connotes a little of their trifling sophistication.

Affairs, obsessions, grand passions and tiny ardours are illuminated in this collection of 12 wryly humorous tales of love. Whether depicting the innocence and corruption of a honeymoon couple or the frustration of missed sexual opportunities, the stories expose a range of human frailties.
Comments: (7)
Vivados
Relationships are never all that straight, by the rules. This is a wonderful little book, both witty and wise. In one story an older woman comforts a young bride, gets her drunk and ... In another a woman goes on holiday looking for love, but only meets an old, fat man ... And the title story is hilarious!

This is the kind of book whose stories wil make you laugh ... and think. The ideas Greene presents will stick with you to be contemplated and savored long after you've set the book aside.
Tekasa
Oh, please!!! You cannot go wrong with a Graham Greene read.
Excellent,,,,funny,,, Mr. Greene gives you a look at
another side ,,,,
Mazuzahn
Greene.....very funny and lighter than many of his longer writings....the other stories in the collection are good but the title story is by far the best and worth the price by itself....
Pumpit
More of a tragic comedy than anything. A series of short stories all with a twist into the lives of humanity.
Kata
The main story giving the title to the collection is absolutely exquisite. The narrator (Greene?) a writer who lingers in an Antibes hotel at the end of the summer to work quietly finds his peace unsettled by the arrival of a young newlyweds couple, whose male component is coveted by a couple of gay seducers. We see their unrelenting siege with the resigned eyes of the narrator, who tries to face the wolves with lame results.The characters are superbly depicted, but it's interesting to note that's one tale of seduction where we never see or hear the POV of the seduced.
Dammy
When two gay men set their sights on an unhappy honeymooner in Italy, a disturbingly funny series of events take place. The story ends on a similar note, hilarious, and yet somewhat frightening.
Fenrikree
This collection of a dozen stories which focuses on relationships between couples was first published in 1967 and is a mixed bag that highlights Greene's strengths and weaknesses as a writer.

The best stories - May We Borrow Your Husband, Mortmain, Two Gentle People -combine the light touch of books like Travels With My Aunt with the darker side seen in Greene's novella Dr Fischer of Geneva.

The title story foreshadows Dr Fischer, published in 1980, and is a narrative by an older man who falls for a woman who is much younger than him.

In Dr Fischer, the narrator marries the girl but she conveniently dies leaving him to melancholy and sad musings.

In May We Borrow Your Husband, the narrator "loses" the girl he barely knows as she heads off to a life of domestic misery with a husband she does not realize is a homosexual.

The story is set in a hotel in Antibes and Greene skillfully portrays the cast of English characters - the plodding narrator whose own marriages have failed, the predatory caricature homosexual interior designers stalking the young man and the innocent lovebirds on their honeymoon.

Greene resists the temptation to turn the situation into a farce and the ending is abrupt and unsentimental.

The final story - Two Gentle People - is even bleaker. It also features a woman whose husband is a homosexual and a man whose wife is a drug addict. The couple meet, are attracted to each other but in the end know they must resist the temptation to start an affair and return to their partners and their loveless domestic lives.

Unfortunately, about half the stories are second rate farcical attempts at humor - The Over-Night Bag, A Shocking Accident, The Invisible Japanese Gentlemen. I am surprised that Greene even allowed them to be published.
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