Brighton Rock
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By Graham Greene

fiction | 297 pages | Published in 2018

A teenage sociopath rises to power in Britain’s criminal underworld in this “brilliant and uncompromising” thriller (The New York Times). Seventeen-year-old Pinkie Brown, raised amid the casual violence and corruption in the dire prewar Brighton slums, has left his final judgment in the hands of God. On the streets, impelled by his own twisted moral doctrine, he leads a motley pack of gangsters whose sleazy little rackets have most recently erupted in the murder of an informant. Pinkie’s attempts to cover their tracks have led him into the bed of a timid and lovestruck young waitress named Rose—his new wife, the key witness to his crimes, and, should she live long enough, his alibi. But loitering in the shadows is another woman, Ida Arnold—an avenging angel determined to do right by Pinkie’s latest victim. Adapted for film in both 1948 and 2010 and for the stage as both a drama and musical, and serving as an inspiration to such disparate artists as Morrissey, John Barry, and Queen, “this bleak, seething and anarchic novel still resonate[s]” (The Guardian).

ISBN_13:9781504052498
ISBN_10:1504052498

Quotes

You can't conceive, my child, nor can I or anyone the … cruelty and … compassion of a time when the difference between the living and the dead was only a crowd.

Graham Greene

You mustn't be any more scared to die than he is to kill you.

Graham Greene

People change, you know. It's just something to see at Brighton.

Graham Greene

It's easy to do, to kill, if you're prepared to be killed yourself!

Graham Greene

It's all right, Pinkie. I love you deeply. I'm not just … like lightly fond of you.

Graham Greene

Hate is a feeling that can only exist where there is no understanding.

Graham Greene

You might be fit to blow yourself to bits, then!

Graham Greene

Good and evil. It's as simple as that.

Graham Greene

You know him, I see. But he doesn't know you.

Graham Greene

They would have gone on hating if there hadn't been wisdom in turning hate off.

Graham Greene