• Title: Brighton Rock
  • Author: Graham Greene
  • ISBN: 0780099478478
  • Page: 395
  • Format: Paperback
  • Brighton Rock A gang war is raging through the dark underworld of Brighton Pinkie malign and ruthless has killed a man Believing he can escape retribution he is unprepared for the courageous Ida Arnold who is d
    A gang war is raging through the dark underworld of Brighton Pinkie, malign and ruthless, has killed a man Believing he can escape retribution, he is unprepared for the courageous Ida Arnold, who is determined to avenge a death.

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    1. A great story! Fine writing!Let me begin by saying that this novel draws some materials from Greene's A Gun for Sale. Since I have not read this novel, I do not know the exact relationship between the two books, but I can tell you that this book can be read as a standalone.The edition I read featured an introduction by Jim Coetzee - the introduction though insightful about Greene's writing and religious beliefs, revealed a bit too much about the plot. I would suggest that you read the story and [...]

    2. Rating: 4.25* of fiveThe Publisher Says: In this classic novel of murder and menace, Graham Greene lays bare the soul of a boy of seventeen who stalks Brighton's tawdry boardwalk with apathy on his face and murder in his heart. Pinkie, the boy with death at his fingertips, is not just bad, he worships in the temple of evil, just as his parents worshipped in the house of God. Crime, in his dark mind, is a release so deep and satisfying that he has no need for drink or women or the love of his fel [...]

    3. Book Circle Reads 144Rating: 4.25* of fiveThe Book Report: Charles "Fred" Hale, aka newspaper columnist "Kolley Kibber," is in Brighton to hand out paper-chase prizes to loyal readers of his paper. He's also running as fast as he can from someone who means to kill him. Why? We aren't told. Who? That's made very plain within the first thirty pages. Well, there goes the suspense, right? Not right.In a vain effort to live to fight another day, Hale hooks up with Ida, a blowsy pub-crawling broad wit [...]

    4. A lurid, compelling, and profound look at a small-time criminal enthralled with evil, the young woman he deceives, and the detective who hunts him down. Wonderfully chilling.

    5. 605. Brighton Rock, Graham GreeneBrighton Rock is a novel by Graham Greene, published in 1938.تاریخ نخستین خوانش: هشتم ماه دسامبر سال 2002 میلادیعنوان: صخره برایتون؛ نویسنده: گراهام گرین؛ مترجم: مریم مشرف؛ تهران، ثالث؛ روایت، 1380؛ در 404 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1388؛ شابک: 9789646404151؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی، قرن 20 مپسر هفده سال [...]

    6. I'd just finished a book about 1940s/50s Cuba, in which Graham Greene is mentioned as having visited and enjoyed a place where "one could obtain anything at will, whether drugs, or women, or goats". Since I've been meaning to read more Greene, I figured now would be a good time for Our Man in Havana. A couple days pass, things come up, apparently my memory is shit, and for some reason I start reading Brighton Rock. Hey, why the fuck not?! I'm an idiotThis book has very little to do with Cuba. Ze [...]

    7. A near perfect noir. The Cohen bros. looked at this type of literature for the basis for "Fargo." Just like that movie, this book takes you inside a world of misfits and fragmented members of a clandestine group: very disorganized mobsters. The bad guys are protagonists & the heroine is (unlike the Frances McDormand character) a cross between Ignacious from "Confederacy of Dunces" and the Wife of Bath! Her old style dogma of enjoying life, no matter how bad a "Christian" this might make you, [...]

    8. This book is a multi-layered and rather startling portrayal of gangster life in the thirties in Brighton, England. This is not a cheery read so be prepared to feel out of sorts.It starts with 'Fred' Hale who knows he's to be killed but tries to keep someone by his side to prevent it happening - his chosen mate to this end is Ida who is a brassy sort but with a good sense of right and wrong.When she discovers that the date she thought had stood her up has been found dead she suspects foul play an [...]

    9. "I know one thing you don't. I know the difference between Right and Wrong. They didn't teach you that at school."Rose didn't answer; the woman was quite right: the two words meant nothing to her. Their taste was extinguished by stronger foods- Good and Evil. The woman could tell her nothing she didn't know about these- she knew by tests as clear as mathematics that Pinkie was evil- what did it matter in that case whether he was right or wrong?That's pretty much the book right there. This is a f [...]

    10. “A Catholic is more capable of evil than anyone.” Brighton RockI signed this paper saying I would sleep with a writer. Actually, the document in question wasn’t profession specific, but name specific. I swirled my J and ‘en’ and ‘nifer’ next to a guy named Christopher. But, as it turned out, the guy I agreed to sleep with for pretty much life became an editor and a writer. And ever since he started writing at night instead of sleeping adequately, I’ve had this problem. The proble [...]

    11. Graham Greene's Brighton Rock tells the story of a young leader of one of the infamous razor gangs in 1930s Brighton who murders a journalist and then finds that his attempts to avoid any possibility of arrest lead him into ever-increasing complications and violence. A woman who had befriended the journalist sets out to bring his killer to justice. This is a remarkably dark and pessimistic novel. It’s a crime novel, but Greene has other agendas as well in this book. Greene was a Catholic, but [...]

    12. Between the cover blurb and that amazing first line, I was fully expecting a crime novel here, but it didn't take too long before I discovered that this book goes far beyond the reach of a thriller and deep into the zone of existential and metaphysical complexity, turning it into a novel that I will never, ever forgetadingavidly/2017/11/

    13. A dark, wet & windy day (like today!) is probably the ideal time to stay indoors & listen to this BBC full cast audio version of Graham Greene's classic story Brighton Rock. I must admit that I really like this novel. I've probably read Brighton Rock too many times & I even enjoyed the 1947 & 2010 film versions. This audio adaptation & is well cast, & the only things missing are Greene's prose & one of my favourite closing lines of any novel I've ever read.

    14. Greene's most famous work is a game of two halvesI think it might be fair to say that this one is only as famous as it is because of the excellent film noir starring the old man from Jurassic Park. That was a shocker for me I can tell you, Father Christmas as a stone cold killer. It's a fine book, an early entertainment with an obvious study of the effect of the Catholic church on man. But I was at the midway point when I realised that it was suddeny becoming less enjoyable to read. Greene start [...]

    15. William Gibson wrote something not long ago -- well, tweeted something, actually -- that has haunted me unexpectedly. Speaking of the sea change in American culture brought by World War II, Gibson noted that "WWII Americans looked like us; 1935 Americans seriously didn't." Somehow, this statement is totally accurate. If the past since WWII is a foreign country, the past before WWII is an alien planet.Graham Greene wasn't an American, of course, but the same mysterious principle applied across th [...]

    16. OK, I admit defeat. If I had not chosen to read this whilst ill I imagine I would have got through it, since it is short by modern standards. As it is I just can't stand to spend more time around these characters that I uniformly can't empathise with and mostly find irritating or down-right unpleasant. There is a character one is supposed (I assume) to like and root for but I find her as annoying as the other two major protagonists. Ultimately I just find these people boring. So, I give up havin [...]

    17. Truman Capote calls this, "An incredibly beautiful, perfect novel." Why argue? He then adds, "It has the greatest last four paragraphs of any modern novel I can think of."

    18. ordered this from the library so's I can read it for the Greene group thingie, but have read it back in the 60s (as a teenager). Wonder if my star count will go down (it can't go up)?ed this on Saturday and went straight out to watch the film. Won't file my review until what is it - Feb 20th, but just to saya) my star count has not gone downb) the new film is worth watching but seek out the original, it's better. Rose is very good in the new film howeverFeb 20th - had to go out for a family thin [...]

    19. This was an epilogue to my Graham Greene phase from six months or so ago; I couldn't find a copy until now. And it's weird to read it after having read a bunch of his later, more accomplished work. Brighton Rock isn't as polished; you won't find too many sly jokes or profound philosophical thoughts in it. But it's amazing to see how complex his attitude towards Catholicism was even at that point in his career (or, more accurately, since every Catholic's attitude towards Catholicism is complex, h [...]

    20. Graham Greene's "Brighton Rock" is classified as one of his entertainments as opposed to his more serious works. But make no mistake about it, "Brighton Rock" gives the reader plenty to ponder, if you consider it more than the thriller as many have treated it.Brighton Rock is that stick candy embedded with the letters "Brighton." As the confection diminishes, the letters remain clearly legible. Although the book may bear the name of a popular confection, there's nothing sweet about the story Gre [...]

    21. There are only human beings here. No ghosts, demons, haunted houses, strange creatures, aliens or mysterious apparitions. Just human beings. But I've never read any novel more horrifying than this.Here's a frail-looking boy with a feminine name: Pinkie. He doesn't drink, smoke or gamble. Just seventeen years old and still a virgin. But he is the leader of a small gang and he kills.Then here's a sixteen-year-old, equally frail, waitress, Rose. She loves Pinkie. She knows something which could imp [...]

    22. 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 [...]

    23. One of Greene's better novels, and one that works on multiple levels. If you want a good British thriller, you'll get it. If you want a deep exploration of morality, good and evil, and sin, you'll get that too. He's written such a wide array of books that it's hard not to find one that you'd like.Recommended for those who like good books of all types.

    24. Published in 1938, this novel sadly still retains much that is relevant. Set in Brighton, the novel revolves around Pinky, a young anti hero and his attempts to take control of a criminal gang. When Charles “Fred” Hale visits Brighton, in the guise of ‘Kolley Kibber’, his task is to leave various flyers around the town to allow readers of the “Daily Messenger” to claim prizes; a cash prize can also be won if he is recognised and challenged. Unfortunately, though, Hale is recognised b [...]

    25. Graham Greene sometimes categorized his own novels. He drew a line between the "Entertainments" like Stamboul Train and The Third Man (none of which I've read) and the more serious "Novels." You could break it down further: he wrote some political novels like the Quiet American and Our Man in Havana, and a number of religious (Catholic) ones like Power and the Glory, End of the Affair and Brighton Rock. But they're all entertainment, is the thing with Greene. No matter what weighty matters he is [...]

    26. Greene's Catholic novels are amazing. His prose rips the scabs off humanity and the reader is left at once holding both the pain of sin and the healing of faith all at once. It doesn't matter if you are Catholic, Mormon, agnostic or an atheist Greene's struggles with faith and the ambiguities of existence are about as large a tribute to man as you are likely to find.

    27. I've only read a few of Graham Greene's books, but in many of them, faith (Catholicism in particular) is so intertwined with the conventions of a crime or spy novel that it creates something that's not quite like anything else. In this case, we have a story about the various mobs in Brighton Rock, but the main character is, more than anything, a case study in the kind of nihilism that can fester in belief.Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in policy and enforceme [...]

    28. Brighton Rock é um livro excelente o primeiro que leio de Graham Greene . É um livro que eu achei diferente pois é quase todo escrito sob o ponto de vista de um adolescente delinquente e sanguinário de apenas 17 anos chamado Pinkie . Pinkie com a morte de kite assume o controle de uma gangue na cidade de Brighton e para se vingar da morte de Kite mata o jornalista Hale. Com esse assassinato vários enredos irão se desenvolver no livro: A paixão inocente e diabólica de uma garçonete pelo [...]

    29. Boring story, boring characters. Well written sense of place. The title is apt for the story, just a confection with no nutritional value. Reconsidered reevaluated addition to review.It has been a few months since reading Brighton Rock. This book has stayed with me and I think about it often and I concede it must have qualities that I initially missed in my first reaction when focussing on the elements that I found flawed with the novel. I initially acknowledged the quality of the writing captur [...]

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