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Human Factor von Graham Greene
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Human Factor (Original 1978; 1979. Auflage)

von Graham Greene (Autor)

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(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed) Graham Greene's passion for moral complexity and his stylistic aplomb were perfectly suited to the cat-and mouse game of the spy novel, a genre he practically invented and to which he periodically returned while fashioning one of the twentieth century's longest, most triumphant literary careers. Written late in his life, "The Human Factor" displays his gift for suspense at its most refined level, and his understanding of the physical and spiritual vulnerability of the individual at its deepest.… (mehr)
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Titel:Human Factor
Autoren:Graham Greene (Autor)
Info:Penguin UK (1979), Edition: New Ed, 272 pages
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Der menschliche Faktor von Graham Greene (1978)

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  Murtra | Apr 6, 2021 |
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  Murtra | Nov 25, 2020 |
In this novel, it seems that Greene emphasizes its protagonist's (Castle) ever building frustration with confinement. This is true whether it be his past, his childhood or time in South Africa, his marriage, his mother, or his sense of debt to someone who once helped his African wife escape the apartheid authorities. But wherever he run, the walls simply close in further. Finally, at the end, in Moscow, his world has become so small and barren that he is only left to face himself in the mirror. Alone and defeated.

On one side note: the fate of Buller was immensely satisfying. ( )
  PaulCornelius | Apr 12, 2020 |
Castle is approaching retirement from MI6 where he has been an officer in the Africa section for a number of years following active service in the continent. He is married to a black South African lady who he helped escape from the apartheid regime. He is enjoying his quiet and uneventful life, when him and his assistant, Davis, are interviewed following the discovery of a leak in the service that has been traced back to his department. The investigation concludes that Davis is the source of the leak and action is taken, but the cloud of suspicion still hangs over Castle and he realises that he may have to make a greater sacrifice to save all that he cherishes.

To write this tense thriller Green drew on all his experience and knowledge from his time at MI6 during the Second World War. It is a bleak story, that is very cleverly written too, as he has managed to get across the mundaneness of the bureaucrat’s job in the service, whilst examining the larger question of loyalty to family or to country. I really liked the subtlety of the writing too. It doesn’t have the glamour and excitement of some spy fiction, but it does have the drama. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
Graham Greene expanded my view of the world beyond America. The reader is invited in through the very british/ambivelent catholic soul of the main character and then taken to exotic South Africa where his love crosses racial and political boundaries. My introduction to apartheid which is only one of the political dead ends faced by this secret service bureaucrat as he faces the usual Graham Greene conflicts of faith, loyalty and conscience. Gripping all the way through with the spy intrigue deepened by trying to live with your own soul. ( )
  KurtWombat | Sep 15, 2019 |
Greene builds the story slowly and methodically, ratcheting up the tension by careful and agonising degrees as Castle gradually realises the depth of the trap he has laid for himself. The climax culminates in a sickening plot twist that somehow manages to be both unexpected and oddly inevitable, and gives The Human Factor a frustrating but nonetheless realistic ending.
hinzugefügt von John_Vaughan | bearbeitenLondon Review of Books (Jul 9, 2011)
 
... Greene has returned ... [in The Human Factor] ... to his earliest style, has pared down his moral patterns to the barest essential, has abandoned his penchants for exotica and skirmishes. What remains is a story as apparently plain as Greene's perfect prose -- an open-hearted, tight-lipped pavane of conscience and sentiment that can be watched and enjoyed for all the wrong, and all the right, reasons.
hinzugefügt von Roycrofter | bearbeitenKirkus' Reviews (Mar 1, 1978)
 
I know this is impudent to say- because Mr. Greene taught John Le Carre to write such novels, as Joseph Conrad taught Mr. Greene to write such novels- but Mr. La Carre now does the same thing better.
 

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(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed) Graham Greene's passion for moral complexity and his stylistic aplomb were perfectly suited to the cat-and mouse game of the spy novel, a genre he practically invented and to which he periodically returned while fashioning one of the twentieth century's longest, most triumphant literary careers. Written late in his life, "The Human Factor" displays his gift for suspense at its most refined level, and his understanding of the physical and spiritual vulnerability of the individual at its deepest.

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