Talking About Books
4.00pm Tuesday 30 January
Greene, a great literary giant of the twentieth century, wrote
this masterpiece Brighton Rock in 1938. It’s a murder
thriller as well as a classic study of good and evil. (Greene, a
Catholic convert, explores the concept of eternal damnation.) The book
exposes the murky world behind Brighton’s pre-war tourist attractions:
brutal gangland with its menace and blackmail.
The plot centers on the criminal life of
17–year old Pinkie Brown (portrayed by a young Richard Attenborough in
the original 1947 film).
Two women form counterparts in the action:
Pinkie’s innocent and vulnerable young girlfriend, Rose, and generously
proportioned, mature, good-hearted Ida who struggles to save her from a
terrible fate. Greene gives us a huge amount to discuss and argue about
here – class consciousness, a scathing critique of popular culture, a
study of the criminal mind. Most of all, we will examine his brilliant
skills as a master storyteller.
As with all our book choices, a copy is
available from the Gura Family Memorial Library but you might also enjoy
reading it on your iPad or Kindle. Our Talking about Books group is led
by Judy Frankel and you’re welcome to come whether or not you’ve read
the book. There’s no book club membership but please let us know if you
would like to be on the Talking About Books mailing list.
COMING UP (all meetings begin at 4.00pm):
Tuesday 27 February
Exposure Helen Dunmore
Tuesday 24 April
The Tobacconist Robert Seethaler
Tuesday 29 May
The Children Act Ian McEwan
Tuesday 26 June
A Gentleman in Moscow Amor Towles