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Brighton Rock por Graham Greene
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Brighton Rock (original 1938; edición 2004)

por Graham Greene (Autor)

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A gang war is raging through the dark underworld of Brighton. Pinkie, malign and ruthless, has killed a man. Believing he can escape retribution, he is unprepared for the courageous, life-embracing Ida Arnold, who is determined to avenge a death.
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Título:Brighton Rock
Autores:Graham Greene (Autor)
Info:Vintage Classics (2004), Edition: Centenary Ed, 288 pages
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Brighton, parque de atracciones por Graham Greene (1938)

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I studied this for A Level English and to my shame never finished it. Reading it again as an adult the nuances are clearer and the enormous power of the writing feels almost devastating. A great, great story populated with rich and memorable characters and outstanding prose. Perfect. ( )
  whatmeworry | Apr 9, 2022 |
This has one of the most despicable villains I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Never have I come across a character that I responded to so viscerally. The rest of the book is quite brilliant as well. ( )
  invisiblecityzen | Mar 13, 2022 |
This has one of the most despicable villains I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Never have I come across a character that I responded to so viscerally. The rest of the book is quite brilliant as well. ( )
  invisiblecityzen | Mar 13, 2022 |
Brighton Rock has great characters, but the plot set up was rather vague and/or hard to follow. Charles 'Fred' Hale is a journalist visiting Brighton to drop off cards at certain points - and if members of the public find these cards and say what the Kolley Kibber (the man who drops the cards off) looks like they get a cash prize. Have I got that right?

Fred has annoyed local mobsters by writing about one of their scams and so the seventeen-year-old gang leader Pinkie, murders him. At the inquest Fred's death is deemed to have been from natural causes. However, a number of people have seen things and Pinkie must deal with them. He's not a likable young man, he's violent and selfish despite being a tee-totaling Catholic. Ida, a woman of about forty with often mentioned large breasts, is with Fred just before he dies. She knows something is up and aims to get to the bottom of things. A young waitress, Rose has also seen something she shouldn't have but she falls in love with the sex-averse Pinkie. Rose is as ignorant of the larger world as they come but she has courage. This being Greene there is a lot of talk of hell and damnation from Pinkie and Rose, while Ida believes in none of it. Ida represents common sense and the enjoyment of simple pleasures like drink and, by the number of affairs she is having, sex. Rose and Ida are the most interesting and certainly most sympathetic characters in the book. Each of the three main members of Pinkie's gang has their moment in the story - none of them is as ruthless as the young leader.

Colleoni, the big mob boss won't take rival Pinkie seriously as a leader because of his youth and this, like most things, sparks immense anger and hatred in Pinkie. There is a fight between the rival gangs at the horse races with people slashing each other with razors. The writers of the "Peaky Blinders" TV series must have been fans of Brighton Rock.

Pinkie - I don't think I spoil things for you here - will come to a bad end, which wasn't as hard to take as in "The Heart of the Matter", Greene's novel that I read just before this one, in which I really liked Scobie, the doomed protagonist.

Seaside Brighton comes alive in the book, the foreshore, the fairs, the pubs and the doss houses. ‘Frank’s’ the boarding house, where Pinkie and his mobsters live is a particular highlight. Greene doesn’t give too much description of the place, just the odd telling detail: the crumbs on the bed, the stove which hasn’t been lit in weeks. This was an enjoyable read but I’m still on a mission to find my favourite Greene novel. I would advise reading J.M Coetzee's introduction to Brighton Rock AFTER reading the book as it includes a surprising amount of plot spoilers. (Much more than in this review!) ( )
  FEBeyer | Oct 25, 2021 |
Books like this miserable effort are not helping me out of my current reading slump. And I'm sure I remember being forced to study Graham Greene's 'classic' at school, which would make sense - there is no story as such, just literary devices and themes to discuss, like Catholicism (I wish authors would stop harping on about religion - Greene and Waugh, I'm looking at you).

The characters are all hateful and pathetic too, which is a bit of a struggle for readers who value characterisation over action. 'Pinkie' Brown, the teenage oik at the centre of the story who is only ever referred to as 'The Boy', is supposed to be reprehensible - although I'm not sure if Greene also wanted his readers to sympathise with the little idiot - but Rose, the still younger and dumber twittery waitress Pinkie marries to shut her up, is beyond ridiculous. I only continued reading to test the ending against my imagination - he dies laughably, but I wanted them both to suffer for making me read 300 pages of cod theological bilge. Greene even ruins the one moderately likeable character in the whole novel, Ida Arnold, by repeatedly telling and not showing how good and brave and honest she is.

I'm tempted to watch the 2010 adaptation out of spite, just because of the changes made to the characters, settings and story! ( )
  AdonisGuilfoyle | Sep 18, 2021 |
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This is no book for those who would turn delicate noses away from the gutters and sewers of life; but there is nothing that could give the faintest gratification to snickerers. If it is as downright as surgery, it is, also, as clean as a clinic. There is not an entirely admirable character in it; but there is not one that can, by any chance, be forgotten nor one that could be set aside as untrue to life.
 
Why does this bleak, seething and anarchic novel still resonate? Its energy and power is that of the rebellious adolescent, foreshadowing the rise of the cult of youth in the latter part of the 20th century. And while Catholicism may have given way to secularism, Pinkie ultimately realises that hell isn't located in some distant realm: it's right here, present on earth, all around us.
 
Greene's entertainments look better now than most of his pretentious and overpraised 'serious novels'. One of the few British crime novels of the time which matched the modernist tone of the Americans, while remaining completely authentic.
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Greene, Grahamautor principaltodas las edicionesconfirmado
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Carey, JohnIntroducciónautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Coetzee, J.M.Introducciónautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
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