Travels Without My Aunt: In the Footsteps of Graham Greene

Travels Without My Aunt: In the Footsteps of Graham Greene❴KINDLE❵ ✽ Travels Without My Aunt: In the Footsteps of Graham Greene Author Julia Llewellyn Smith – Fascinated by depravity and unpredictability horrified by the prospect of family life Graham Greene's travels took him to some of the most neglected and dangerous parts of the world Julia Llewellyn Sm Fascinated by depravity and unpredictability horrified by the My Aunt: PDF/EPUB Ã prospect of family life Graham Greene's travels took him to some of the most neglected and dangerous parts of the world Julia Llewellyn Smith catalogs Greene's destinations with political insight as well as humor and finds herself attracted to the places where Greene had found himself at particularly dark times Argentina at war Mexico during religious persecutions Vietnam on the brink of war and Cuba just before the revolution Traveling to these countries Julia Llewellyn Smith comes to understand them through Greene's accounts and writes about their contemporary color and Travels Without eBook ¶ depth with a discerning perspective all her own.


Travels Without My Aunt: In the Footsteps of Graham Greene
  • Travels Without My Aunt: In the Footsteps of Graham Greene
  • Julia Llewellyn Smith
  • 12 January 2014
  • 9780140271010

10 thoughts on “Travels Without My Aunt: In the Footsteps of Graham Greene

  1. Patrick McCoy says:

    Now that I have read all of Graham Greene's novels I am reduced to reading books about the author and his books which isn't necessarily a bad thing Julia Llewellyn Smith's book Travels Without My Aunt In the Footsteps of Graham Greene 2000 is satisfying on two levels it does a good job of summing up the settings of Greeneland novels and the state they were in circa the late 1990s as well as illuminating the the sources and inspirations for said novels I like how she interweaves the history and recent political highlights to give a background to her journeys as well Greene's memoir Ways Of Escape is freuently referred to as Smith recounts Greene's inspirations Smith begins with an introduction set in Brighton the site of Greene's first really successful novel commercially and critically Smith is English so it is fitting that her book begins and ends in England even though it is about the far flung unstable locales that Greene was drawn to and wrote about The first section is set in Mexico and specifically Chiapas where he traveled following the antic clerical campaign that was taking place This trip would be the inspiration for two books arguably he greatest novel The Power and the Glory and his fascinating travel book The Lawless Roads I was surprised and amused to find that Greene has so detested Mexico Of the tow I had most recently read The Lawless Roads which I remember mostly for elegant prose descriptions of the arid and barren countryside as well as his musings on religion and life of priests among these people Somehow I missed the venomous declarations of the place and people that Smith constantly brought out in this section I feel as though I ought to re read it Perhaps for my next Mexico visit I got the feeling that Smith also didn't have such a liking for the country eitherSurprisingly the chaotic and decrepit African location Sierra Leone the setting for the first Graham Greene novel I read The Heart of the Matter was one of Smith's favorite places In the late 90s it was torn apart with civil war 1991 2002 with rebels with a child army committing unspeakable atrocities as the infrastructure of the county continued to erode Smith explains this due to the beauty of the country and the nature of its inhabitants who can always find something to smile about It was and remains one of the poorest and un developed countries in the world topping most lists of infant mortality and shortest life spans while having among the lowest income per capita in the world 70% of the population lives in poverty Smith has almost convinced me that I need to visit itThe third section is concerned with a country that I have been to fours times and first visited about the same time as Smith 1999 2000 Vietnam Again Smith has found much to like about this location for one of my favorite Greene novels The uiet American She didn't seems as impressed with Hanoi as I had been but I traveled there much later However I can attest to the charm that Vietnam exuded before the China like liberalization of the economy that has so changed present day Vietnam It is curious that Greene has a thing against the American government throughout his life and that attitude was probably born through his observations in Vietnam in the 50sIn between England and America lies the Caribbean that would be the setting for several novels and in sections three and four Smith visits Cuba and Haiti In regards to Cuba Smith makes the same assessment of the beleaguered communist country and capital city of Havana of Fidel Castro as that of Greene's hero of Our Man in Havana Wormold that it was a city to visit not a city to live This novel was another favorite that was co opted into another fine book with homage by John LeCarre with The Tailor of Panama Haiti the setting of The Comediennes is another place that Smith cam to love despite the wretchedness of the uality of life of the inhabitants It rivals Sierra Leone in poverty and uality of life but like that country the people are presented as happy go lucky in their approach to life It too has a sort of natural beauty It is a fascinating place with a eually fascinating history as the first free slave republic and the birthplace of voodoo It is probably at the top of the list of Greene novel settings that I want to visit as wellSmith travels to South America for the location of another favorite The Honorary Counsal in the fifth section about Argentina and Paraguay Last year I traveled to Argentina and thoroughly enjoyed but found it less exotic than Peru and Brazil I had forgotten the role Paraguay played in the novel but it is apparently a cesspool of crime greed and corruption where criminals terrorists and fugitives gather It is the location for major smuggling operations It sounds terribly interesting to me and goes on the list of places from Greene novels to visit In the epilogue Smith returns to England and Berhamsted the birthplace of Greene and the setting for The Human Factor It is a fitting way to put Greene's life and travels in perspective All in all I uite enjoyed the investigations of Green locations occasionally I found the author a bit off putting with her editorial comments about her opinions of people and incidents but Smith was mostly objective in her opinions

  2. Bill Ibelle says:

    An interesting read for Graham Greene fans A female journalist travels to the settings of his most famous books to report on both the place and the man

  3. Rajiv Chopra says:

    While I like the book I can't give it than three stars The book has been well researched and meticulously written Since I strangely have not read any books by Graham Greene it was sometimes a bit difficult to get the contextI was impressed with her assessment of Graham Greene as a writer and as a person It is not often that a writer will mention the warts of the person heshe is writing about and for this I congratulate herI like the fact that she has gone to the places he visited and mentioned the change in these places this is impressiveThe writing is meticulous and her writings of some of her companions is funWhat I missed was the grand emotion That is why the book falls short of 4 starsStill read the book It is worth it

  4. says:

    This book was so much fun to read Graham Green's book are usually so dark I love thembut this one was funny It's about a very stuffy older bacholor that works at a bank and takes care of his flower gardens His Aunt comes to visit and turns his world upside down Although he doesn't like it at first I think in the end he changes his mind

  5. Alison Smith says:

    This woman gets my gold medal for intrepid travel; not a comfortable book to readI learnt uite a bit about Graham Greene she replicated his travels and I'm very glad I don't live in Sierra Leone Haiti or Mexico You can keep them

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  7. John says:

    Read this one a few years ago and recall liking it uite a lot

  8. Jared says:

    Got bored stopped reading etc

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