Travels with My Aunt

February 20, 2020 - Comment

Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager, meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time in over 50 years at his mother’s funeral. Soon after, she persuades Henry to abandon South wood, his dahlias and the Major next door to travel through Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, Paraguay… Accompanying his aunt, Henry joins a shiftless, twilight society:

Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager, meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time in over 50 years at his mother’s funeral. Soon after, she persuades Henry to abandon South wood, his dahlias and the Major next door to travel through Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, Paraguay…

Accompanying his aunt, Henry joins a shiftless, twilight society: mixing with hippies, war criminals and CIA men, as well as smoking pot, breaking all the currency regulations and eventually coming alive after a dull suburban life.

Comments

Anonymous says:

A good “holiday” read. Graham Greene alledgedly said this was the only book he ever wrote just for fun. It is quite funny but is not as thought provoking as his “Monsignor Quixote” However in spite of a rather unlikely and far fetched plot and improbable characters it is still worth a read, preferably somewhere sunny and within reach of a G & T.

Anonymous says:

WELL WRITTEN OF COURSE This was our book club choice and an author I’ve not read for many years. I liked the story in general but the end was a little rushed and the one thing most readers might have guessed was simply stated at the end with no real explanation which is why I’ve only awarded it 4 stars. I love the concept of a new and exciting life after the age of retirement and Greene pokes fun at the naivety of a boring man chained to a desk for decades.

Anonymous says:

Around the world in eighty lays Graham Greene claims this to be the only book he wrote “for fun.” No good complaining this isn’t Brighton Rock or any of the author’s novels of relgious introspection, fine though many of them are. This is a romp with little serious intent, though a few sideswipes at the CIA and the church in its various manifestations are not resisted.Henry Pilling, the narrator, is a bank manager in early retirement enjoying cultivating his dahlias. Augusta, his 75-year-old aunt, is a woman…

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