Twenty-One Stories

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Twenty-One Stories

By Graham Greene

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780140185348, 208pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 1993

In"'The Basement Room'"a small boy witnesses an event that blights his whole life. Like the other stories in this book (written between 1929 and 1954), it hinges on the themes that dominate Graham Greene's novels fear, pity and violence, pursuit, betrayal and man's restless search for salvation. Some of the stories are comic poor Mr Maling's stomach mysteriously broadcasts all sorts of sounds; others are wryly sad a youthful indiscretion catches up with Mr Carter in"'The Blue Film'." They can be deeply shocking: in"'The Destructors'"a gang of children systematically destroys a man's house. Yet others are hauntingly tragic a strange relationship between twins that reaches its climax at a children's party. Whatever the mood, each one is a compelling entertainment and unmistakably the work of one of the finest storytellers of the century.
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About the Author
Graham Greene, the novelist, served with the Secret Intelligence Service during WWII. Greene died in 1991. Hugh Greene came to prominence as a journalist in Nazi Berlin. After being expelled from Germany just before WWII, he served in the RAF as an interrogator. Greene went on to join the BBC and was made Director-General in 1960. He died in 1987.