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Travels with My Aunt (Vintage Classics) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Graham Greene
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13. Juni 2000 0099282585 978-0099282587 New Ed
With Aunt Augusta, a veteran of Europe’s hotel bedrooms, dull, suburban Henry travels her way through Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, Paraguay and finds himself in a shiftless, twilight society: mixing with hippies, war criminals, CIA men; smoking pot, breaking all currency regulations and eventually coming alive. Greene not only gives us intoxicating entertainment but also confronts us with some of the most perplexing human dilemmas.

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  • Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vintage Classics; Auflage: New Ed (13. Juni 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0099282585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099282587
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 1,7 x 19,8 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.7 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (7 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 393.548 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"Rich in exactly etched and moving portraits of real human beings...the tragic and comic ironies of love, loyalty and belief." - V.S. Pritchett, The Times


A witty, inventive read with anyone for a passion for travel.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A triumphant comedy 9. März 2005
Mr Greene's novel is the story of Henry Pulling, a 50 year old retired bank manager who lives a quiet life in Southwood, passionately looking after his dahlias. Henry meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time at what he supposes to be his mother's funeral. She quickly persuades him to abandon his monotonous suburban life to join her and travel her way. And so they make their way first to Brighton and later to Paris, Istanbul and Paraguay. Through her aunt Henry gets acquainted with a twilight society, hippies, war criminals and CIA agents. He learns to smoke pot and to smuggle large amounts of money from one country to the next.
The character of Aunt Augusta is very witty indeed: she is wicked, selfish, wildly engaging, an old "belle de nuit" who likes men "who have a bit of the hound in them", a quality her nephew obviously lacks, which adds to her bewilderment. It is a feminine character, Aunt Augusta, who takes charge of the story, a rare fact for Mr Greene. She becomes a fierce, bossy and intrusive mother figure for Henry. Indeed he ends up by understanding and calling her "mother" a few lines before the end of the novel as he lays his head on his aunt's breast, feeling like a boy again who has run away from school and will never have to return. Finally Henry is completely transformed by his aunt and, at 50, begins to blossom. He sees her differently and acknowledges that she is not as wicked as he first considered her. In a prison cell in Paraguay, Henry notes: "I would certainly have called her career shady myself nine months ago and yet now there seemed nothing so very wrong in her curriculum vitae, nothing as wrong as 30 years in a bank."
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4.0 von 5 Sternen funny but disturbing 5. Juni 1999
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I enjoyed this book but I found it disturbing in the same way that I find Nabokov's "Lolita" disturbing. Greene divided the chapters into two parts and they are very different in tone. The first is a light narrative of Henry's travels with his picaresque Aunt Augusta, who has many associations with people outside of the law. The second part of the book starts with an encounter by Henry and Augusta with a woman who has shown a long-time devotion to the memory of Henry's dead father.
Augusta's antipathy to this woman sets the dark mood that underlies the remainder of the book. Augusta's unsentimental amoralism is no longer so amusing. Henry's involvement in this world is like Alice trying to establish residency in Wonderland. Henry remarks about how much he has changed and yet in some ways he has not changed at all. He moves from passively drifting in one world to doing the same in another. He is incapable of love or attachment and our sympathy toward him makes us question our own values.
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If your idea of a good novel is something that takes you where you've never been before and leaves you wanting more, consider this one. An English gentleman is forcibly retired from a job as bank branch manager and is looking forward to a quiet end of his life, when into his life bounces his elderly aunt, a world-traveler and bon-vivant. She proceeds to shake up his staid existence, and to make it abundantly clear that he ought either to join her in her reckless and dangerous travels or continue to roll downhill to a certain, but dull end. Lucky for us readers he chooses the former, though not without grave misgivings. The message here is to all of us middle-agers: Do you really want to stop living? A tempting, juicy tale, and Graham Greene is outstandingly good in the telling, at his best, really. The characters we meet along the way are unforgettable. So sink down in your easy chair and relish this breath of fresh air from a master of the form.
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This book is about the re-examination of his life by a staid British middle-aged bank manager. At the beginning Harry accepts the conventional ideas of his day and is headed for a common retired life. His aunt (and something more...) arrives at the scene and promptly drags him to another world, a world where the assumptions Harry lived by are cast by the wayside. With time Harry grows, and is able to achieve the pleasures life offers (the word achieve has been used intentionally with thought). The book ends on a charming note with Harry marrying a younger woman with whom he reads poetry. Greene's message is universal and endures through time. Every age has its assumptions, and the perceptive reader will be able to filter out Greene's message even if the setting looks unfamiliar.
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