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eBook Brighton Rock (Greene) epub
  • ISBN: 0370014278
  • Author: Graham Greene
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: THE BODLEY HEAD LTD; Collected Ed edition (April 6, 1970)
  • Pages: 324 pages
  • ePUB size: 1771 kb
  • FB2 size 1855 kb
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Brighton Rock is a novel by Graham Greene, published in 1938 and later adapted for film in 1947 and 2010. The novel is a murder thriller set in 1930s Brighton.

Brighton Rock is a novel by Graham Greene, published in 1938 and later adapted for film in 1947 and 2010. The title refers to a confectionery traditionally sold at seaside resorts, which in the novel is used as a metaphor for the personality of Pinkie, which is the same all the way through.

Graham Greene’s gripping thriller was adapted into a British film noir in 1947 starring Richard Attenborough as the razor-wielding Pinkie. The Little Fire Engine. Graham Greene was born in 1904. He established his reputation with his fourth novel, Stamboul Train.

First published in 1938). Brighton Rock is a form of stick candy as characteristic of English seaside resorts as salt-water taffy is of the American. The word "Brighton" appears on the ends of the stick at no matter what point it is broken off. -ED.

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Graham Greene's malevolent young antihero in this 1938 bestseller still resonates with modern audiences, writes Sophia Martelli. It is the tension between the two faces of Brighton – the illuminated tourist bling and the gritty, mobster-laced industry behind the façade – that sets up the intrigue in Greene's classic 1938 novel of good and evil; and it's the menacing, sinisterly youthful antihero Pinkie who continues to fascinate today

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Interested in participating in the Publishing Partner Program ? Let us know. Brighton Rock, novel of sin and redemption by Graham Greene, published in 1938 and filmed in 1947 and 2010. Greene, Graham Graham Greene.

Written By: Liam Connell. Interested in participating in the Publishing Partner Program ? Let us know. The two main characters in Greene’s gripping reflection on the nature of evil are the amateur detective Ida and the murderous Pinkie, a teenager and Roman Catholic who chooses hell over Heaven. Responsible for two murders, Pinkie is forced to marry the hapless Rose to prevent her from giving evidence that would undercut his alibi.

Originally published in 1938, Graham Greene's chilling expose of violence and gang warfare is a masterpiece of psychological realism and often considered Graham . Only 8 left in stock (more on the way)

Originally published in 1938, Graham Greene's chilling expose of violence and gang warfare is a masterpiece of psychological realism and often considered Graham Greene's best novel. It is a fascinating study of evil. Only 8 left in stock (more on the way). Only 7 left in stock (more on the way).

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This is one of Greene's early novels. One of the main characters, Pinkie, the villain, resembles the main character in This Gun for Hire, another of Greene's mob novels, the movie version of which starred Alan Ladd. The setting in this book is Brighton Rock or Brighton Beach in England. The action centers on the crime mobs that were active there prior to WWII. There are a couple/three mobs working the area, bookie mobs that take illegal bets on the nearby horse races. A newspaperman is murdered at the start. That is the Macguffin (we never learn the reason for the murder), and an Everyman, the main character, is implicated and tracked by the police for the murder, which Pinkie in fact committed. Therein lies the drama: Everyman must clear himself, and Pinkie must conceal his murderous actions.

An interesting aspect to the story is how the seasoned criminals surrounding Pinkie, who are all middle aged men, all cave to Pinkie's orders. And when anyone doesn't do what Pinkie orders, he ends up dead. Pinkie is some kind of pure evil. It's interesting to see how Green portrays this teenager as pure evil. You wonder how Pinkie became such a cold hearted killer. Greene never discloses enough background of Pinkie's childhood to account for why he is so evil, especially at such a young age, so we are left to believe that some people are just born that way. I don't guess I believe that, but I accept it at face value for the plot of the book.

A sixteen-year-old girl, Rose, witnesses an important detail linked to the murder of the newspaperman, so Pinkie perceives her as a threat. So he starts to manipulate her, part wooing her part dominating her, to put her under his dominion. Rose is such an innocent that she doesn't even know she can harm Pinkie. Pinkie pretends an interest in her in order to draw her into his web and prevent her from telling what she knows. She's too naive to understand she has the power to put Pinkie away, and in any case she naively falls in love with him. He pays her just enough attention to get her to his side so she won't be able to squeal on him. However, Pinkie realizes, unhappily, that the only way to seal her lips is to marry her because a wife cannot testify against her husband.

I very much appreciated Greene's nuanced depiction of Pinkie as a repressed gay man. This sixteen year old girl is in love with him, ready to marry him, yet he is repulsed by her available sexuality. Even the name "Pinkie" is somehow emasculating. The novel, written in the 30s, I suppose, could not come out and provide an explicit description of Pinkie as gay, so I think it is remarkable that Greene gets these ideas across without saying it in so many words. Greene does not make an equivalence between Pinkie's being gay and his evilness; "gayness" itself is NOT depicted as bad (it's not clearly depicted at all), but Pinkie's repression of his gayness is connected to his dysfunction as a human being. Greene was good at such complex psychological characteristics of his characters in all his novels. For example, as much as he loathes his girl and the flunky, more experienced criminals that he orders to do his dirty work, Pinkie loathes himself even more without knowing why. Greene is very good at depicting psychological complexity and exploring self-doubts in his characters, even to the point of self-loathing. It seems to me that many of Greene's characters in the many books of his I've read are self-loathing at times.

The book is somewhat dated but that doesn't bother me. I can appreciate stories set in other times and places. If one has never read a Graham Greene novel, this may be a little disorienting, but as you get to know Greene's fascination with the underbelly of society--spies, degenerates, backstabbers, criminal minds, and secretive types--you can appreciate that these types have always lived among us and always will. Greene is often called a major 20-century modernist, but he seems to be neglected in the anthologies of British lit, perhaps in the process of being relegated to a "minor" writer.
I'm still coming to terms with the ending, or last lines of this grim and gritty story. The story is set against the backdrop of Brighton in the early 1930's. The leader of a small and motley razor gang, led by the hard as nails Pinkie Brown is looking to expand his criminal empire.

When he succeeds in taking out a journalist who has some shadowy connections to a rival gang, PinKie's quest for recognition and respect begins to spiral out of control.

It's the character of Pinkie who grabs you and doesn't let go. This was never going to be a pretty story, the characters are too tired and the struggle to survive is too hard. In some ways there couldn't be any doubt as to their path, journey in life.

There is a lot more depth and differing levels of shading to make this more than just a psychological thriller. Rich in characterisation and atmosphere, the theme of "good versus evil", more than worth a look at.
In this early work Graham Greene created the memorable character of Pinkie, a 17 year old street tough, with big ambitions. Set in the seaside resort of Brighton, Pinkie is aspiring to be the leader of a gang involved in gambling and other illegal pursuits. The coldness with which he eliminates people who get in his way drive the story. Pinkie is one of those cold blooded individuals around whom no friend or associate is really safe. He operates on a level of evil that is appalling.
An equally tough woman is drawn into the story early on by her brief association with one of Pinkie's victims. Ida has the insight to see him for what he really is even when others are deceived. When a young innocent waitress gets caught in his orbit and appears to be on the path to being his next victim Ida relentlessly tries to intervene.
Greene's writing is evocative of the place and time , the plot is well developed and the characters are memorable , particularly Pinkie. This is an earlier work than some of Greene's better known and more widely read novels and not quite as strong. Nevertheless a writer of Greene's stature is always interesting and Brighton Rock is a thought provoking short novel well worth reading.
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