Graham Greene’s masterpiece The Heart of the Matter tells the story of a good man enmeshed in love, intrigue, and evil in a West African coastal town. Scobie is bound by strict integrity to his role as assistant police commissioner and by severe responsibility to his wife, Louise, for whom he cares with a fatal pity. When Scobie falls in love with the young widow Helen, he finds vital passion again yielding to pity, integrity giving way to deceit and dishonor — a vortex leading directly to murder. As Scobie’s world crumbles, his personal crisis makes for a novel that is suspenseful, fascinating, and, finally, tragic.
I am failing as a challenge host! This year, I decided to host a Graham Greene Reading Challenge, because I’ve been meaning to read more of his work for a long time. I was so excited about it at the beginning of the year, but I’ve yet to read a single one of his books. Well, hopefully this read-along will help fix that!
No matter which edition of The Heart of the Matter you read, it is roughly around 300 pages. The book is helpfully split into three sections, which makes it easy to divide the book for the read-along. I’ll post the schedule below – I certainly hope some of you will consider joining me! I’ve enjoyed the read-alongs I’ve participated in this year very much; it adds something to the reading experience to know that other people are reading along with you, and will be adding their thoughts to yours in the discussion.
Section two – discussion post on June 22nd: Book two
Section three – final discussion post on June 29th: Book three
That gives you a little over two weeks before the first 100 pages or so should be read; hopefully, that is enough time to get your hands on a copy. Most public libraries will probably have it on their shelves. Each week on the post date, I’ll have my thoughts or questions posted first thing in the morning. If you’re reading along, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section, or else leave a link to a discussion post on your own blog.
Please leave a comment below if you’re going to join in. I’m looking forward to our discussions.