Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The Greene Blues



Our very own Aussie lass Shirley Hazzard came across Grahame Greene on the island of Capri in the late 60's and managed to strike up a friendship based initially on her superior ability to quote Browning. The interaction lasted over the next 20 odd years despite Greene's erratic and occasionally nasty behaviour, and only faltered when he became too frail and elderly to travel to Italy.

This book documents the interaction, with moderately charming vignettes of other local and not-so-local characters. Worth a look even if you're not that much of a Greeniac.

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