The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

About the book

“A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses a moment of experience from which to look ahead…”
“This is a record of hate far more than of love,” writes Maurice Bendrix in the opening passages of The End of the Affair, and it is a strange hate indeed that compels him to set down the retrospective account of his adulterous affair with Sarah Miles. Now, a year after Sarah’s death, Bendrix seeks to exorcise the persistence of his passion by retracing its course from obsessive love to love-hate. At first, he believes he hates Sarah and her husband, Henry. Yet as he delves further into his emotional outlook, Bendrix’s hatred shifts to the God he feels has broken his life, but whose existence at last comes to recognize.

Reviewed by  King’s Somborne Reading Group:

Brilliantly written with clever insightful style. Intense emotions covering the themes of love, hate, jealousy, obsession, faith, doubt. Not a cheerful read and main characters are totally unlikeable although there are touches of humour from minor characters. Religious aspect dificult to relate to, especially the miracles at the end.

Rating: 4 Stars

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3 thoughts on “The End of the Affair by Graham Greene”

  1. Review by Between the leaves Reading Group
    Interesting but uncomfortable insight into the wranglings of the male psyche. A battle between morality and love/hate.
    Rating: **


  2. Review by Milford Reading Group
    We were all disappointed in the storyline. It indulged in much self gratification and loathing. There were paragraphs which showed brilliance of other books written by Graham Greene.
    Rating: none given


  3. Review by Colden Common Readers
    The two extremes of opinion were expressed – “boring” and “totally absorbing”. Interesting analysis of love and hate and the relationship with God. Lack of humour. Points out how life and attitudes have changed in the last 60 years.
    Star rating: ***


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