The End of the Affair Background

The End of the Affair Background

The End of the Affair is one of the best novels written by Graham Greene. The novel about human love, which God has invaded into, was written in 1951. This Greene's novel is considered to be the best of his Christian books - the combination of deep sadness and direct, childish, almost fairy tale faith in miracles is amazing. It is this writer, who was often considered to be almost a heretic, he was able to portray the double-sided world - the kingdom of self-love and vanity, and the kingdom of grace and truth, where evil is defeated.

The main character, Maurice Bendrix, who is actually the writer, tells us about his mad love. The history dates back two years after the end of the love affair between Maurice and Sarah, who was the wife of his friend, Henry Miles. And this end seemed to be absolutely incomprehensible to Bendrix, because his lover, Sarah, before breaking everything that could connect them, said no word. For this reason, any thought could not appear in his mind, except for the fact that she had gone to another man and she did not need Maurice anymore (despite the fact that this heroine was married and it would be quite logical if she thought of her husband). After this event, Maurice calls to his mind about his chance meeting with Henry, in which the latter suspected his faithful treason for some reason and wanted to hire a detective, but decided to tell a friend of his wife about it, and ask him to do it (‘cause a lover suspected of betrayal is not so suspicious as a jealous husband, is not it?), but Miles does not dare to do it, and sees this idea as incredibly stupid. Actually, these remembrances push our protagonist to turn to the detective, in order to end his suffering and finally find out what has happened to Sarah.

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