In Search of a Character: two African Journals

In Search of a Character two African Journals In Search of A Character is a vivid portrait of Greene s Africa and provides a wonderful glimpse of the novelist responding to the raw material of his art Two African notebooks record his travels in

  • Title: In Search of a Character: two African Journals
  • Author: Graham Greene
  • ISBN: 9780140028225
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Search of A Character is a vivid portrait of Greene s Africa and provides a wonderful glimpse of the novelist responding to the raw material of his art Two African notebooks record his travels in 1959, and his stay at the Yonda leper colony in the jungle which inspired the story for A Burnt Out Case Convoy to West Africa describes his voyage in a cargo boat during WW2In Search of A Character is a vivid portrait of Greene s Africa and provides a wonderful glimpse of the novelist responding to the raw material of his art Two African notebooks record his travels in 1959, and his stay at the Yonda leper colony in the jungle which inspired the story for A Burnt Out Case Convoy to West Africa describes his voyage in a cargo boat during WW2, from Liverpool to Freetown, Sierra Leone, the setting for The Heart of the Matter.

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    1. Another one where I am racing to read before the library fines stack up. I think I found this as a mention in Guardian on writer's journals? Unsure, it has been awhile. Also started reading on the bus, a risky proposition, will it captivate or disappoint. Shouldn't have worried, it is Greene and even in working journals not meant for publication he captivates from the off. The language shouldn't matter, as it was only intended for him and yet in places it sings. It has been awhile since I have r [...]

    2. Interesting short book. Works as a travel journal and also in giving an insight into the author's writing process.

    3. If he wrote about trimming his toenails I would give it three stars, so my natural pro-Greene bias does need to be factored in here, suffice to say that reading his diaries/notes as he began to formulate ideas for two of his finest novels is (to me) fascinating. The more extensive section (on A Burnt-out Case) is the more interesting, as you can see the genus of ideas slowly forming. While his methods are quite idiosyncratic there is a little that can be gleaned, such as his strict observance of [...]

    4. I found a beat up little penguin (a paperback, thank goodness, not a bird) which had on its back cover a warning which went something like, “Not to be Printed in the United States.” I’m paraphrasing because the book is now in storage ALONG WITH OVER 2,000 OTHERS AS I’M BETWEEN APARTMENTS AND IT’S DRIVING ME CRAZY – I HAVE 14 – 14! – BOOKS WITH ME AND THEY’RE NOT EVEN IN A BOOK CASE, THEY’RE IN A FRESH DIRECT BOX! – but I digress. I love Graham Greene’s novels; both elegan [...]

    5. I just finished reading Graham Greene’s journals from two separate African journeys in the book In Search of A Character. It contains “The Congo Journal” and “Convoy To West Africa.” Both of these journeys resulted in novels based on his experiences there: A Burnt-Out Case and The Heart of the Matter (one of my personal favorites since it was the first Graham Greene novel I read). I really enjoyed these brief journals. I have always enjoyed Greene’s travel writing in books like Journ [...]

    6. 'Congo Journal,'[1959] and 'Convoy to West Africa'[1941] comprise this book's contents,and are impressively transparent. In the first, Greene has noted bits of novelistic dialogue that came to him during his visit to Leopoldville and Brazzaville, as well as his raw impressions of various people and places. In the second, he has noted events and his responses to same, while on a wartime convoy travelling to West Africa. He seems to have had a role with British intelligence, but this is only vague [...]

    7. This book contains two of Graham Greene's journals, written during research trips for novels. The first was most interesting to me as I loved the novel that grew out of the experiences he's describing - The Burnt Out Case (set in a leprosy mission in the Congo in the early 60's). Reading the two books gives an amazing picture of how Greene's life and work were entwined. I borrowed 'In Search of a Character' but now I'm going to seek a copy out, just to have it on my bookshelf.

    8. Wow, now this is the sort of book that doesn’t come around very often – the journal that Graham Greene kept during his visits to Africa, which was never meant for publication. Greene decided to turn it in to a book because it shows the thought process as he developed characters for two of his novels, A Burnt-Out Case and The Heart of the Matter, and it really makes for interesting reading whether you’ve read the novels or not, particularly for writers.

    9. Quite a revelation. Greene's Congo Journal does not make for the most pleasant reading; it is peppered with opinion and comment that will raise many an eyebrow. Despite the unpleasant excursions made by this journal it is a fascinating insight into the generation of The Burnt Out Case; one of my favourite books from one of my favourite authors.I read the last few pages lying beside the pool at Bamako Radisson Blu on Christmas Day.

    10. I chose this journal on Graham Greene's exploratory trip to the leper colonies of Sierra Leone before writing "A Burnt Out Case" as an introduction to his novels. It's very short but I found his observations on local characters and culture fascinating and moved slowly through it. Then took up "The Quiet American," and appreciate even more, I think, how he achieves such economical storytelling.

    11. A bit of a pot boiler, adds a bit of background to the writing of a Burnt Out Case, and an interesting account of a WW2 convoy. An interesting idea that a book is worth reading if it has one interesting sentence.

    12. These are the hournals that Greene kept on his journies in Africa and what would inspire A Burnt out Case and The Heart of the Matter. Truly inspiring.

    13. From leper colonies in a heart shaped continent to a U Boat haunted voyage, vivid appercus, the smell of Africa, the railleries of priests, the drunkeness of frightened men

    14. Thought this would be more along the lines of Steinbeck's Journal of a Novel. It wasn't, and it was bad. Still, I hope to read more of Mr Greene's stuff.

    15. Fascinating insight into the development of a character and interesting to see the roots of some of the Comedians in here too, specifically the opening sea voyage.

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