J'apprends mes 100 premiers mots hBeware the pity party This is a terribly British terribly colonial novel set in West Africa during WWII You know what I mean by colonial you can see it right Men with manly jobs say like a potential police commissioner are called Tickie by their wives andave a boy who Traitors Among Us Inside the Spy Catcher's World has worked for them for thirteen yearsYou llave to look past all that in all likelihood I I remember a striking image from a previous novel of Graham Greene of vultures settling to roost on the iron rooftops of a nowhere town in a third world country it s the introduction to The Power and the Glory When I came across an identical image in the first pages of the present novel I knew I was letting myself in for another traumatic ride through the maze of a fallible uman mind I knew I would struggle with depression and moral ambivalence and with a loss of faith yet I was also aware that the novel will Les meilleurs rcits de Weird Tales, tome 3 hold me in its thrall until the last page like compulsively watching the grief and destruction left behind by a trainwreck or by a suicide bombing He felt almost intolerably lonely On either side of the school the tin roofs sloped towards the sea and the corrugated iron aboveis ead clanged and clattered as a vulture alighted A mirror image reinforces the tonality of the novel in its final pages They didn t kiss it was too soon for that but they sat in the ollow room Catastrophes holdingands listening to the vultures clambering on the iron roof Between these macabre bookends a man named Scobie will be torn apart in La cuisine des mousquetaires, tome 2 his love inis integrity and in is Catholic faith in a sweltering tropical town on the coast of Sierra Leone during the larger world tempest that was the second world war The setting the istorical period and the damned protagonist made me toy with the idea of drawing parallels between Major Scobie and Geoffrey Firmin from Malcolm Lowry s masterpiece Under the Volcano Both writers taped their inner demons in order to create their memorable expatriates both explore the theme of self destruction in the face of personal failure yet Scobie and Firmin Elles risquent leur vie (ACTUALITE SOCIE) have almost nothing in common when it gets down to the root cause of their misfortune If one knewe wondered the facts would one Cadences have to feel pity even for the planets if one reached what they called theeart of the matter My Le Système Technicien heart went out for the Consul a victim of an excess of love and of misguided faith inis peers a man who would rather drink Dictionnaire du Pays Basque himself to death than live in a world without love Scobie s tribulations rangollow when Data Science : fondamentaux et tudes de cas: Machine Learning avec Python et R his inner good intentions didn t translate in commendable actions There is something rotten inis rationing chain something that will drive Spirou et Fantasio - Tome 7 - DICTATEUR ET CHAMPIGNON him deeper and deeper into a spider s web of lies deceit and betrayals view spoiler culminating in the assassination ofis trusted coloured personal servant ide spoiler This book is a classic colonial novel We are immediately immersed in the British colonial tropics an unnamed British colony in West Africa during World War II Cockroaches rats and diseases abound The British colony shares a border with a Vichy French German allied colonial country so there is much intrigue about industrial diamond smuggling and the sinking of ships off the coast This capital city is a melting pot with Africans and British of course and the n word is freuently tossed around by the latter over gin Germans and Syrian merchants some of whom are Muslim and some CatholicOur protagonist is the chief of police A man devoted to duty e manages to create a totally loveless duty bound relationship with both Armagnac : Les Noces de la vigne, du chne et de l'homme his wife and mistress He grows to dread spending time with either one We watchis gradual and painful descent from stellar civil servant into evilThe Heart of the Matter is a very Catholic novel Unlike Brideshead Revisited also considered a Catholic novel the discussions of Catholicism aren t incidental to the plot and characters but very much in the fore There are discussions of points of Catholic theology with priests the protagonist s wife and mistress and religious discussions at cocktail parties as well as the debates that go on in the police chief s mind But these aren t prolonged discussions the plot moves and it s uite a fascinating book suspenseful to the bitter end Graham Greene s powerful story of morality integrity love betrayal intrigue corruption life changing events and Catholic guilt set in war time Sierra LeoneThis is a
Great Book And Only The book and only the Graham Greene that I Mudlark have read Brighton Rock being the other The Heart of the Matter is a powerful thought provoking and deeply profound novel that works on many different levels Itas at its centre the story of a Scobie a man of integrity and Coffee Castanets and Don uixote honesty a deeply principled police officer andow a series of events changes everything I know that there was a film adaptation starring Trevor Howard which I would be interested to see although fully expect that this may well be the usual sanitised Hollywood version rewrite to which we Eestirahwa ennemuistesed jutud have become all too accustomed toI would recommend this book to anyone and it makes me think that I really must read Graham Greene does anyoneave any recommendationsThe Heart of the Matter is a must read and definitely not to be missed At one time in my life I read a lot of Grahame Greene I don t know precisely when but it must Le nouveau bistrot: Quand les plats bistrot rencontrent la gastronomie have been in late autumn or winter because my memory of so many is dreary rain on the window panes dark action played out in black and white An alien mind with a curious if twisted consistency A feeling of inevitable betrayal and fear of failure in The Confidential Agent Relationshipsere or in The uiet American as promising a particularly dreary doom A decaying post war feeling that suggests a world of defeat in Brighton Rock rather than survival and new opportunityPerhaps if I read them again I d be surprised at bright colours and flashes of optimism closed to the characters but open to the reader 551 The Heart of The Matter Graham GreeneThe Heart of the Matter 1948 is a novel by English author Graham Greene The book details a life changing moral crisis for Henry Scobie Wilson sat on the balcony of the Bedford Hotel with is bald pink knees thrust against The Ironwork Graham Greene S Masterpiece The ironwork Graham Greene s masterpiece The of the matter tells the story of a the Matter tells the story of a man enmeshed in love intrigue and evil in a West African coastal town Scobie is bound by strict integrity to is role as assistant police commissioner and by severe responsibility to Murderers' Row: A Collection Of Shocking True Crime Stories (1) (English Edition) his wife Louise for whome cares with a fatal pity When Scobie falls in love with the young widow Helen La Methode Delavier de Musculation Vol 3 he finds vital passion again yielding to pity integrity giving way to deceit and dishonor a vortex leading directly to murder As Scobie s world crumblesis personal crisis develops the foundation of a story by turns suspenseful fascinating and finally tragic Originally published in 1948 The Heart of the Matter is the unforgettable portrait of one man flawed yet The Last Girls of Pompeii heroic destroyed and redeemed by a terrible conflict of passion and faith 1987 1365 335 1383 328 Very strong Very Greene The comic touch always lurks on the edge ofis major works even Hatiku Di Harajuku here a West African coastal colony town during World War 2 where British officersave regressed into a sort of juvenile madness The novel is stifling claustrophobic and yet lightly rendered as a police officer named Scobie moves along the fixed track of plot toward inevitable disaster Though as the James Wood introduction which is a La Reina del Sur horror of spoilers discusses Scobie is in some ways a confoundingly flat character I enjoyed the way the novel mashedis unfeeling Catholicism against A Night in the Snow; or a Struggle for Life his pit Book Circle Reads 35Rating 4 of fiveThe Publisher Says Graham Greene s masterpiece The Heart of the Matter tells the story of a good man enmeshed in love intrigue and evil in a West African coastal town Scobie is bound by strict integrity tois role as assistant police commissioner and by severe responsibility to Terapia cognitiva de las drogodependencias (Spanish Edition) his wife Louise for whome cares with a fatal pityWhen Scobie falls in love with the young widow Helen The Night Stalker he finds vital passion again yielding to pity integrity giving way to deceit and dishonor a vortex leading directly to murder As Scobie s world crumblesis personal crisis makes for a novel that is suspenseful fascinating and finally tragicOriginally published in 1948 The Heart of the Matter is the unforgettable portrait of one man flawed yet Theorie de la Musique heroic destroyed and redeemed by a terrible conflict of passion and faithMy Review An excellent book Simply magnifi. In a British colony in West Africa Henry Scobie is a pious and righteous man of modest means enlisted with securing borders But whene’s passed over for a promotion as commissioner of police the Quran: A Reformist Translation (Koran, Kuran in Modern English) humiliationits The Revolt Of The Miniature Mutants Sixth Grade Alien hardest foris wife Louise Already oppressed by. ,
They think this intense interest in a stranger s life was merely really creepy Every monologue sooner or later becomes a discussion p242 no it doesn t We are all of us resigned to death it s life we aren t resigned to p242 two on one page and er no I m NOT resigned to death AT ALL where did e get that idea fromPossibly this nugget dropping is an old fashioned fashion which modern writers don t do I Le Gratin des champignons: Portraits mycologiques haven t made a scientific survey But if theyaven t stopped nuggeting they should because it s not big and it s seldom clever Four stars because of the uality of the writing But I am going to disagree with the label that goes with it that of really liked it Because I did not I feel no affection for this book and I doubt that I will ever re read it for many reasons that I will state below But for those just reading this to get a uick glance about whether they should read it or not you should in short It is worth it I just would not expect to fall in loveThe book focuses on Major Scobie a policeman in a British colony of West Africa where Greene Applied Mycology and Biotechnology Agriculture and Food Production himself spent some time It s set during WWII which serves to set up the mood of distrust fragility and vague apprehension that is toaunt the novel and our En finir avec la candidose hero Major Scobie is a Catholic ande is married to a shallow mild Parcours mythologique dans les jardins de Versailles horror of a woman named Louise Inserter unhappiness The Quest for Valhalla (Order of the Black Sun his distance another woman another man and youave your novel right there Those are the basics Okay now I can move forward with thisThe book is essentially a character study of Major Scobie And in that function it is incredibly thorough and makes sure to search into every area of 21st Century New Openings his soul several times over We really do see the man laid naked in front of us Which is appropriate given thate s meant to be Christ figure and casts The Light is the Darkness himself in that role several times Even one of the priests says that when peopleave a problem they go to you not to me and bemoans the fact that priests are not as useful as policemen It s an interesting thought but in any case To me Malin Kundang he was an embodiment of abstract Catholic virtues set out in one man going about life as the Catholic Church wouldave you do This made real sense to me for the first part of the novel where Scobie is deconstructed very well and Greene s conceit was uite effective I thought He shows us the difference between living your life as a man and living your life as an abstract virtue Scobie stays untouched by the animal side of Vectors humans the love the anger all vice ridden emotions found in the world that are not learned but come from within We do not seeim exhibit any of these emotions And Good to Go: The Life and times of a Decorated Member of the U.S. Navy's Elite Seal Team Two honestly you sort of dislikeim for it He is inhuman which drives Navy SEAL Justice Covert Cowboys Inc his wife and everyone who knowsim crazy and Officer and a Gentleman honestly it drove me a little crazy too But I appreciated it as a message about living in the world rather than living apart from it untouched by it Scobie s major motivation is pity and compassion which is exactly what Catholicism would tell you to do But it seems so distant so resigned that its rather awful You end in pitying Scobie as much as you do the clearly inferior characters aroundim Or at least I did Graham Greene peppers this study with a great many insightful observations about death and the attachment that we really The Necromancer's Dilemma have for people and what love really isspoiler alertWhich builds into the secondalf of the novel which annoyed the flying fuck out of me confused me and I m really not sure if I agree with the premise of it at all Essentially Greene A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 has Scobie become involved in an affair with a shipwrecked widow named Helen whoas absolutely no one It s an incredibly sordid affair like one would expect to see in a soap opera and Scobie is meant to seem all wrong for the role He Hume has Scobie motivated by pity forer Nehru's India Select Speeches hasim express that it is the weak the ugly who demand El poder de Lady Wifi! (Miraculous [Prodigiosa Ladybug]. Cmic) his allegiance not the beautiful and the intelligent So this is what makesim succumb to Helen And then on top of that was it love he says thate stays with A Very Private Gentleman her out of pity That it was love in the beginning which I don t believe as they never show it at all but skip forward to the part wheree is lamenting Processing Syntax and Morphology how love is over and then it is about duty and responsibility and keepinger His Girl from Nowhere happy because ife left then she would be in pain and A DIY Guide for All Things Natural Hair: Discover Homemade Conditioner and Hair Rinse Recipes for Your Crowning Glory he doesn t want to cause anybody pain And thenis wife comes back and everyone tells er about the affair and then she
s in pain And e can t leave either of them because they need imin pain And e can t leave either of them because they need Hired Gun Hired Gun him God does That s a direct uote fromim Which is Second Edition of a Report on the Geology and Natural Resources of the Area Included by the Nipissing and Timiskaming Map Sheets howe suares it With His Sinning Conscience Carrying his sinning conscience carrying with the whole thing And then Kid Paddle - tome 11 - Le retour de la momie qui pue qui tue he killsimself because people who love you forget you the second you die and then nobody will be in pain any and so Diary Journal of David Brainerd he s sacrificingimself for them I just cannot agree with the whole premise and excuse that Scobie makes for Cyril Lignac Coffret en 2 volumes : Tome 1, Cuisine attitude ; Tome 2, Gnration chef his conduct there I don t believee ever knew what love was I don t believe in Anatomie de l'horreur 2 his reasoning for whye would True Crime Addict have succumbed to Helen in all noble motivations As a Catholic and a girl who s done it beforeerself I can certainly see why you would be attracted to someone out of pity Why you would feel love for people who need you Fine But there were many other ways to Business Networks in Syria help Helen other than screwinger sir I don t buy that such a distant guy would Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality have fallen in love due to pity I buy thate stays with Sheltie at the Funfair his wife out of pity and responsibility I don t buy the whole affair so I can t believe inis moral dilemma Helen is painted as such an awful whore character I cannot believe why Problems and Solutions for Undergraduate Analysis Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics he wouldave been there at all We ll get to that in a second Then Les Celtes aux racines de l'Europe : Actes du colloque tenu au Parlement de la Communaut franaise de Belgique et au Muse royal de Mariemont les 20 et 21 octobre 2006 he goes screaming to God over and over again I get the penchant for drama I m Catholic Yes it was interesting to try to see a man live exactly as the Church would tellim and still to be a Beyond Buds: Marijuana ExtractsHash, Vaping, Dabbing, Edibles and Medicines human being But I don t buy that itappened to Scobie I just Dannemora hate the whole sordid interlude I know I m supposed toate that its so sordid But I just think that The Horror Chambers of Jules De Grandin he made Scobie a much less interesting character throughout it and everyone else involved were mere representations of whate needed to progress along Nuclear Power: A Very Short Introduction his moral dilemma not real peopleBut Given that The last few chapters wheree methodically plans Nymph Fly Tying Techniues his suicide tries to save everyone the pain aroundim uietly goes about The Great Pianists: From Mozart to the Present his business and the meditation on what it is like to know that you are leaving the world that was good That waseartbreaking It was that effective uiet whisper of endless pain that I just thought was incredibly skillful and well doneOkay I really need to talk about what really offended me in this book though the terrible misogyny The characters in this book are Les derniers jours : La fin de l'empire romain d'Occident horrific There is an extremely strong Madonnawhore complex that runs throughout it and is represented by the cardboard cutouts that are Louise and Helen These women are represented exactly as a man who knew nothing about women but whate read in books would represent them as Grasping shallow bitter angry small but with amazing flashes of insight that awe men and yet they are so childish at the same time so fragile and then they are so stupid the next second I Loveland hated all the women in this book and I m pretty sure Graham Greene did too Iated that Louise and Helen weren t women weren t people but were mere representations of Little Tree his moral dilemmas one dimensionalarpies who enacted Aliran Politik Dan Aidah Dalam Islam him scenesad emotional fits and generally made Guide de l'employeur culturel his life a livingell Poor baby man who only wanted peace but no no these screeching women just insist upon ruining is life Women are the root of all evil If it weren "t for them Scobie would be a perfect Christ angel No wonder Greene converted to Catholicism if " for them Scobie would be a perfect Christ angel No wonder Greene converted to Catholicism if was is opinion of women The Church agrees wholeheartedly Women must be madonnas who look after your Science and Democracy home to be worshipped who look after your spiritual well being and stick by their men when they are unfaithful ie Louise Or they are lost souls who are ready to fuck the first man who comes by when theirero does not support them like Helen They Strength Training for Basketball (Strength Training for Sport) have no inner strength of their own except in those first meetings that drew ourero to them before they became Megalodon: Fact or Fiction? harpies like all the rest of women are The two girls were virtually indistinguishable in their manner sometimes Maybe that s why I just couldn t get into Scobie s dilemma The women involved made me want to barf andis bad taste in them and (Becoming Orgasmic: A Sexual and Personal Growth Programme for Women) By Julia R. Heiman (Author) Paperback on (Dec , 2008) his opinions of them as people just revolted me just as much End opinion Graham Greene s writing good elegant with uiet insight Graham Greene s misogyny godawful. ??s passage It’s just a single indiscretion yet for Henry it precipitates a rapid fall from grace as one moral compromise after another leadsim into a web of blackmail adultery and murder And for a devout man like Henry there may be nothing left but damnation. Cent writing as always but than that the story is perfectly paced a thing Greene s stories aren t always eg The Power and the Glory and deeply emotional another thing Greene s stories aren t always eg Travels With My AuntGreene Je viens d'Alep. Itinraire d'un rfugi ordinaire himself didn t like the book which was a species of roman clef I suspect though I don tave proof that John Ormond, Emyr Humphreys, John Tripp (Penguin Modern Poets, he was simply uncomfortable atow much of is inner life e revealed in the book Scobie s infidelity and Des Souris et des hommes eBook: John Steinbeck, Maurice-Edgar Coindreau: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EUS.à r.l. his fraught relationship with the wifee s saddled with must Black Women in White America A Documentary History have been bad reading for Mrs Greene But the essential conflict of the book is man versus church the giant looming monster of judgment andatred that is Catholicism Greene s convert s zeal for the idiotic strictures rules and overarching dumb philosophy of the religion are tested Leggiamo l'ora. Gioco e imparo. Ediz. a colori here and ultimately upheld though the price of the struggle and the upholding aren t scanted in the textStories reuire conflicts to make them interesting and the essential uestion an author must address is what s at stakeere The intense and vivid the answer to that uestion is the of an impact the story is able to make Greene was fond of the story Le guide Ornitho he tellsere that of an individual against Je voudrais que quelqu'un m'attende quelque part his individuality He told and retold the story The state the colonial power whose interests ScobieGreene serves is revealed in the text to be an uncaring and ungrateful master the rules of the state are broken with remarkably few ualms when the stakes getigh enough It is the monolith of the oppressive church admonishing Scobie of Pour l'harmonisation orthographique des dictionnaires his moral failings and withholding absolution ofis sins that Des femmes qui tombent he is in full rebellion againstand in the end it is the church that causes all parties the most trouble and painGreene remained a or less believing Catholic I read this book and was stumped as to why The vileness of theierarchy was so clear to me I couldn t imagine why anyone would read it and not drop christianity on the spot But no matter one s stance on the religion Illustrated Pocket Guide to Clinical Medicine herein portrayed there s no denying the power of the tension between authority and self in creating an engaging and passionate story A must read THE FIRST FACETIOUS REVIEW BASED MAINLY ON FRANKIE VALLI AND SUPREMES SINGLES Spoilers ahoy but we re all friends aren t we As our tale opens Major Henry Scobie is stuck in a you never close your eyes any when you kiss my lips type situation with Mrs Major Henry Scobie aka Louise and there s a big thought bubble coming out of both theireads which says Where did our love go Well after 15 years what do you expect darlin Then this new character strolls in called Wilson and Petit manuel pour comprendre le Syndrome de Tachycardie Orthostatique Posturale he clocks Louise ande s all there she was just a walkin down the African colony singin doo wah diddy diddy she looked good she looked fine and I nearly lost my mind and before you can say another pink gin dahling Kiss That Frog he s tellinger Mrs Major Scobie my world is empty without you and she s now then Wilson you cahn t The Seneca Scourge hurry lohve no you just got to wait Dahling So she decides she wants to visit South Africa as you do in the middle of World War Two because it s automatically sunshine there So then the Major s like what No Love isere and now you re gone what a bitch but then this shipwreck Caleo Leech happened not a metaphor a real one and the young Keira Knightley I think we could get Keira couldn t we winds up widowed and prostrate in front ofim and it s oh what a night late September in 42 what a laydee what a night and Vibrational Medicine The he s a bit Dawn Go Away I m No Good For You but she propserself up on Kade (Alien Adoption Agency her one good elbow and says stayjust a little bit alongerrrr another pink gin Major And as soon as she s vertical again love is like an itching iner Scandalous Acts 7 heart tearin it apart and she gets Major Henry to scratch it whiche does with aplomb And the pink gin rains down for forty days and forty nights But even though tourism must The Children Money Can Buy have been discouraged during a period of total war Louise aka Mrs Major Henry Scobie sails back from South Africa and she s all let sang on to what we ve got and The Burning Girls his mind gets all messed up every daye s falling in and out of love with the one or the other but because of the big religious thing The Outlandish Companion (Revised and Updated): Companion to Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn heas going on I should Transgalactic Antics Carrie Hatchett Space Adventurer have mentioned thate s living in shame He s careful but Outmove (Inner Movement, he s waiting for that moment when Mrs Major Louise will tellim as The Removed he donsis solar topee and Wildflower An Extraordinary Life and Untimely Death in Africa heads off towards the nissenuts baby baby I m aware of where you go each time you leave MY DOOR I WATCH YOU WALK DOWN THE AFRICAN door I watch you walk down the African knowing your other love you ll meet and so forth He knows it s in the post then there s Keira feeling like a rag doll telling The Elixir and the Stone him one minute go on get outta my life you don t really love me you just keep meanging on then the
minute ooooh dob me Major I Ancient Agriculture: From Foraging to Farming (Ancient Technology) hear a symphony coming out of your fleshly parts you knows I do Poor guy doesn t know ife s on Black Columbiad: Defining Moments in African American Literature and Culture (Harvard English Studies) his elbow oris arse and the religion appears to be no Black Noir help Anywaye decides to walk like a man for a change and take drastic action I shan t give the ending away but I will say this much it turns out that big girls don t cry much If at allI got to feeling a bit guilty about the above review thinking well maybe Graham Greene deserves to be taken just a little seriously because God knows The Bad Guys his books are serious stuff So I must say that this novel is pretty good stuff and even uite compelling but Iad a crucial problem with it The central crisis the Yce (Captured by Aliens horrible dilemmae contrives for African Literature, Animism and Politics his man Scobie to findimself in is religious I can t discuss it without giving the whole show away so big fat spoiler warning in dazzly orange lights Scobie believes to the core of Promise Lords of Action his very self that ife takes Communion without Familiar Stranger A Year Of Loving Dangerously Silhouette Intimate Moments No 1082 having confessedis sins and received absolution and crucially without a genuine desire not to commit the said sin again then Out of the Shadows he will be damned toell for eternity Ironical twists abound as you may well expect the woman Black Gotham he s committingis adulterous sins with and with whom Addiction he fully intends to continue becausee loves The Adventurer's Handbook Life Lessons from History's Great Explorers her is a non believer and thinksis convictions are uaint He doesn t love er less for thatNext Minute Ooooh Dob Me
In His Eyes God Hasn T For Inscrutable Reasons Givenhis eyes God asn t for inscrutable reasons given the grace to see the truth So Madisons War he s driven to go to Mass withis wife to avoid Manual do guerreiro da luz her being suspicious And goe does and gets Creative Alcohol Inks his soul damned toell as far as Fallin For His Thug Passion 2 he s concerned For all eternity He says What I ve done is far worse than murder that s an act a blow a stab a shot it s over and it s done but I m carrying my corruption around with me I mean really Is GG seriously saying that going to Mass and taking communion if you re still intending to carry on sleeping with your mistress is far worse than murder Really That s crazy you know So if I can t take that very serious point in this serious book seriously then maybe I the Non Believerave to turn away muttering It s Chinatown Jack leave it like a gumshoe too far over Carrot City hisead in other people s business Of course it turns out See What You Made Me Do his wife pretty much knew all about the affair so this abandoned act was really not needed So there was the irony There was I say plenty of that sloshing around However I could read it as a novel which was an intensely observed case of mental illness and gross self delusion Scobie is about as wrong as a person could be about the situatione finds Java 8 in Action himself in so maybe GG is implying thate s wrong about God too that the ugly version of God Scobie appears to believe in which God is Weaving a Family Untangling Race and Adoption half cruel puppetmaster andalf lascivious voyeur of uman pleasures and sins and repentances a very repulsive version is as wrong as is presumptions that both Principles of Agricultural Engineering Volume-1 (Farm Power, farm Machinery, Farm Buildings, Post Harvest-Technology) his wife andis mistress actually care about The Special Undercover Delivery (The Little Ad (The Little Ad(option) Agency Book 1) him The speed with which they drape replacement male companions about their persons after Scobie s demise appears to give the lie to that one This novelangs in the air like cordite after you ve finished it with its awful pathetic denouement So it s pretty good A GENERAL COMPLAINT ABOUT A THING NOVELISTS DO While I was reading it something bugged me which is a general point about novels Authors like to drop nuggets of wisdom into their prose and sometimes I think they should be told to stop because their nuggets aren t actually wise at all Examples from this book these are from the narrative not from dialogue so they re as it were spoken by GG The Black Academic's Guide to Winning Tenure--Without Losing Your Soul himself Happiness is never really so welcome as changelessness p87 who says it is I don t do you He listened with the intense interest one feels in a stranger s life the interest the young mistake for love p126 oh yeah do the young mistake it like you say or would. The appalling climate frustrated in a loveless marriage and belittled by the wives of privileged officers Louise wants out Feeling responsible forer unhappiness Henry decides against is better judgment to accept a loan from a black marketeer to secure Louise?.