The Book(s) of Love No. 4: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

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“In the taxi I let my hand lie on her leg like a promise, but I had no intention of keeping my promise.”

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If any book in this series will make you hate love and never want to ever be in a relationship again, it’s this one.  Don’t let that happy, colorful picture up there fool you, Graham Greene makes 1950’s London feel like a Siberian work camp.  Or, should I say, Maurice Bendrix makes it feel that way for himself?  As you may have guessed from the title, this novel’s about adultery, but it’s also about religion, depression, betrayal, duty (how English!), and how we can shape our world via emotions.  You’ll hate Maurice Bendrix and you’ll hate Sarah Miles, but you’ll also feel sympathy for them, especially if you’ve ever been in love and had it turn sour.

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