The End of the Affair

Graham Greene, Monica Ali

fiction Classics Romance
emotional reflective slow-paced

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"A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses a moment of experience from which to look ahead..."

"This is a record of hate far more than of love," writes Maurice Bendrix in the opening passages of The End of the Affair, and it is a strange hate indeed that compels him to set down the retrospective account of his adulterous affair with Sarah Miles.

Now, a year after Sarah's death, Bendrix seeks to exorcise the persistence of his passion by retracing its course from obsessive love to love-hate. At first, he believes he hates Sarah and her husband, Henry. Yet as he delves deeper into his emotional outlook, Bendrix's hatred shifts to the God he feels has broken his life, but whose existence at last comes to recognize.

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summary of 516 ratings (see reviews)

Moods

reflective 100%
emotional 80%
dark 40%
sad 40%
challenging 20%
mysterious 20%

Pace

slow 80%
medium 20%

Strong character development?

No: 50% | Yes: 50%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 50% | No: 25% | Yes: 25%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 100%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 100%

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