Henry Green vs Graham Greene

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Same generation, same name(-ish), different books. Greene seems a bit unfashionable now; Green's always been nearer to cult, but that cult seems bigger (or maybe the bookish world is smaller? Or maybe someone who doesn't look like A Major Author suits us better?)

idk. Voting for Green.

Poll Results

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Henry Green 9
Graham Greene 2


woof, Friday, 8 April 2016 15:30 (three years ago) link

I'm reading "Doting" at the moment! Well, not precisely this moment.

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Friday, 8 April 2016 15:32 (three years ago) link

I'll set up Tom Green vs Green Gartside on one of the other boards and we'll have a green of greens poll when we've found the best Green(e)s.

woof, Friday, 8 April 2016 15:33 (three years ago) link

i've only read Greene. tho i suspect i'd prefer Green, i'm quite partial to Graham's stuff when i'm actually reading it. then i finish the book and don't bother reading any more of him for 3 or 4 years at a go.

disco Polo (Noodle Vague), Friday, 8 April 2016 15:33 (three years ago) link

Yorke all the way

Chicamaw (Ward Fowler), Friday, 8 April 2016 15:35 (three years ago) link

Henry Green is a goddamn master.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 8 April 2016 15:38 (three years ago) link

Greene might be more unfashionable from looking at what people read on the tube as evidence he is still way more read than Green. Plus there was that so so adaptation of Brighton Rock a couple of years ago. Totally didn't care for chasing up on the book.

Green, well, not many wrote better at the time. Rhys, Woolf or Lowry maybe? Lots to read though, just not Greene.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 8 April 2016 15:47 (three years ago) link

Although idk, is Greene funny? Just need some laughter..

xyzzzz__, Friday, 8 April 2016 16:02 (three years ago) link

He's a good dialogue writer.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 8 April 2016 16:03 (three years ago) link

Noir-like?

xyzzzz__, Friday, 8 April 2016 16:05 (three years ago) link

Funny Greene: Our Man in Havana and Travels with My Aunt

not funny in spite of the title: The Comedians

Brad C., Friday, 8 April 2016 16:10 (three years ago) link

can't imagine reading funny Greene, he always comes across as the most po-faced of miserable gits

disco Polo (Noodle Vague), Friday, 8 April 2016 16:11 (three years ago) link

Our Man In Havana is very funny but it's the only one I've read and now I'm kinda bummed out to discover it's not all like that.

Matt DC, Friday, 8 April 2016 18:19 (three years ago) link

i think Monsignor Quixote was wryly amusing but i read it about 30 years ago

disco Polo (Noodle Vague), Friday, 8 April 2016 18:22 (three years ago) link

*shudder*

disco Polo (Noodle Vague), Friday, 8 April 2016 18:22 (three years ago) link

I love them both, can't choose

The writer's-writer's writer ftw.

Yer Blois (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 9 April 2016 01:21 (three years ago) link

loving was a highlight of a very well-selected modern literature course i took as a college freshman, it's stayed with me for a long time.

call all destroyer, Saturday, 9 April 2016 02:20 (three years ago) link

of Greene (I've read) The Third Man and Brighton Rock, both excellent suspense narratives, the latter more comic/'low-mimetic' incl. some brilliantly observed details (the children running around in paper sailors' hats will haunt me) -- The Power & the Glory aimed a bit higher and I don't think entirely hit the mark, though it had its moments

of Green, idk the first thing

bernard snowy, Saturday, 9 April 2016 17:22 (three years ago) link

of greene, the power and the glory was a decent-to-v-good school set text

of green, concluding is a flat-out masterpiece

i shouldn't vote, but i'll vote green

And the cry rang out all o'er the town / Good Heavens! Tay is down (imago), Saturday, 9 April 2016 17:44 (three years ago) link

otm on concluding.

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Saturday, 9 April 2016 17:47 (three years ago) link

Concluding, Blindness, Loving, Party Going -- all masterpieces, even the one that isn't a gerund.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 9 April 2016 17:47 (three years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 14 April 2016 00:01 (three years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 15 April 2016 00:01 (three years ago) link

i actually started re-reading loving today thanks to this thread, i'll probably have more to say about it soon

call all destroyer, Friday, 15 April 2016 00:07 (three years ago) link

read Doting bcz I hadn't and it was lying around. Damn, there's something about him, really - there were stretches where it felt like a fine but nothing-special mid-century English social novel (handled with neat formal tricks) but then these moments where it's utterly bleak and death-ridden, pulls away into into a void staring at the pointlessness of its own action.

woof, Friday, 15 April 2016 18:49 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

I'vve reading Brighton Rock after tearing through Our Man in Havana and The Ministry of Fear.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 23 October 2017 01:47 (one year ago) link

the first sentence and the last of ‘brighton rock’ are among the greatest of my reading life.

estela, Monday, 23 October 2017 01:56 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...

"She's a nice girl I agree yet I also know she's not nearly good enough for you. What are we to do about it, that is the question?"
"To be or not to be Mamma."
"Philip don't dramatise yourself for heaven's sake. This is no time for Richard II."

Alan Alba (Tom D.), Wednesday, 4 July 2018 16:05 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

wow found out last week that Vintage had done 3 collections of his novels.
Looked him up on amazon after seeing a separate single novel on the shelves of the local 2nd hand/remainder shop last week.
Went back in to look at the shelf to see if it was there, or maybe to look at the more current edition stuff. But did go and look at where i saw the book last week and found a collection there instead Loving, Living, P:arty Going and it was teh same price as teh single thing which was gone.
There's lovely for you.

Stevolende, Monday, 3 September 2018 15:38 (eleven months ago) link

There are two three book Green collections, issued by Picador in the UK to begin with - the Living Loving Party Going set seems to be pretty common, the Nothing Doting Blindness one not so much.

https://www.boekenwebsite.nl/files/imagecache/detail/loving-living-party-going.jpg

https://bugeyedmonsters.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/henrygreen001.jpg

Ward Fowler, Monday, 3 September 2018 15:44 (eleven months ago) link

You missed out possibly the best one of the lot...

https://www.penguin.co.uk/content/dam/catalogue/pim/editions/262/9781784871031/cover.jpg.rendition.460.707.png

Scottish Country Twerking (Tom D.), Monday, 3 September 2018 15:50 (eleven months ago) link

Unless Picador didn't publish this?

Scottish Country Twerking (Tom D.), Monday, 3 September 2018 15:52 (eleven months ago) link

Yeah, that's one of the later Vintage issues, don't think Picador ever did that set (if they did, I've never seen one)

Ward Fowler, Monday, 3 September 2018 15:57 (eleven months ago) link

Yes, looks like they didn't, that's weird.

Scottish Country Twerking (Tom D.), Monday, 3 September 2018 15:59 (eleven months ago) link

three months pass...

"Passing through this he shuddered, a sense of foreboding gathered in him. What will they grow up to he thought in mind — they'll work, they'll marry, they'll work harder, have children and go on working, they'll die. He shuddered. Then he forgot all about them and thought about himself".

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christ (Tom D.), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 19:11 (eight months ago) link

Is that LIVING? It's great.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 23:31 (eight months ago) link

among several great novels

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 23:36 (eight months ago) link

Yes, "Living", peerless stuff.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christ (Tom D.), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 23:37 (eight months ago) link


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