Graham Greene World Literature Analysis - Essay

Graham Greene World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Greene’s exciting, fast-paced narratives have an illusive transparency about them, as if one can see and hear the characters and visualize their surroundings without the distractions of the author’s presence or stylistic mannerisms. This authorial invisibility may derive from Greene’s experience in writing film scripts and from the many years he spent in reviewing motion pictures. It is interesting to note, in this connection, how few of his novels are written from the first-person point of view, a perspective clearly unsuited to a screenplay.

Although many of his novels are based on topical events—whether in England, Mexico, Vietnam, or Haiti—Greene’s personal involvement in those events as a reporter and...

(The entire section is 3112 words.)