Travels With My Aunt

Travels With My Aunt

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"I met Aunt Augusta for the first time at my mother's funeral..."

Described by Graham Greene as "the only book I have written just for the fun of it," Travels with My Aunt is the story of Hanry Pulling, a retired and complacent bank manager who meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time at what he supposes to be his mother's funeral. She soon persuades Henry to abandon his dull suburban existence to travel her way--winding through Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, and Paraguay. Through Aunt Augusta, one of Greene's greatest comic creations, Henry joins a shiftless, twilight society; mixes with hippies, war criminals, and CIA men; smokes pot; and breaks all currency regulations.

Originally published in 1970, Travels with My Aunt offers intoxicating entertainment, yet also confronts some of the most perplexing human dilemmas. This Penguin Deluxe Edition features an introduction by Gloria Emerson.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2004, c1969.
Edition: Deluxe edition
ISBN: 9780143039006
0143039008
Branch Call Number: GREENE G 2004
Characteristics: xvi, 254 pages ; 22 cm.

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lukasevansherman
Apr 19, 2014

British author Graham Greene was incredibly prolific, writing novels, short stories, plays and film reviews over the course of his long, distinguished career. He often split his books up into "entertainments" (his espionage tales) and more serious works, like "The Power and the Glory." But his best books are both entertaining and serious and this is a good example. The irrepressible Aunt Augusta is one of his greatest creations and she's such a good character that there's a noticeable lack of energy when she's offstage. I agree that the ending wraps up too neatly, but it's the travels that matter.

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donnamo
Dec 08, 2013

A surprising tale, not what I was expecting. Story of how the people we encounter can change our lives if we allow them to.

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GuyN
Sep 22, 2012

It is hard for me to describe this book because it doesn't fit into any genre. A reclusive middle aged bank manager set free by his bank joins his libertine aunt and is bit by bit drawn into a world of political intrigue, international smuggling, and recreational drug use. Feasting on dry British humour and elegant prose the reader enjoys understanding more of what is going on than our hero but a good deal less than his aunt. Locales range from Paris to Uruguay.

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straitgate
Jun 26, 2012

a lot of people don't really care for this work of Greene but it's one of my favorites. It's a joy to accompany the eccentric Aunt Augusta and to vicariously experience Henry's slow awakening. I especially liked Augusta's metaphor of "the wall" that is closing in. Very Auntie Mame.

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AJ_in_CoMo
Mar 21, 2011

The story was intriguing and unpredictable, but I didn't care for the ending, which seemed to suddenly tie everything up neatly. It was too convenient and didn't follow the mood of the rest of the book. Overall, though, it was enjoyable to read.

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