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Greene, Graham. Journey Without Maps. Garden City. 1936. Doubleday Doran. 310 pages. hardcover. 

 

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His mind crowded with vivid images of Africa, Graham Greene set off in 1935 to discover Liberia, a remote and unfamiliar republic founded for released slaves. JOURNEY WITHOUT MAPS is the spellbinding record of Greene's journey. Crossing the red-clay terrain from Sierra Leone to the coast of Grand Bassa with a chain of porters, he came to know one of the few areas of Africa untouched by colonization. Western civilization had not yet impinged on either the human psyche or the social structure, and neither poverty, disease, nor hunger seemed able to quell the native spirit.

 

 

 

 

For another prespective on that trip:

 

Greene, Barbara. Land Benighted. London. 1938. Geoffrey Bles. 205 pages. hardcover.

 

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At his brother Hugh's wedding in October 1934, Greene had drunkenly persuaded Barbara to go with him on a trip to Liberia. Armed with a copy of Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy, Graham set off with Barbara on a cargo boat from London. Journey Without Maps, his account of their west African adventure, ranks as one of the great travel books of the 20th century. Barbara wrote her own account of their trip, entitled Land Benighted. Many consider it a masterpiece of comic observation and mock-heroic misadventure. Privately, Greene thought Barbara’s account superior to his own.

 

 

 

 

 

Greene Barbara

 

Henry Graham Greene (2 October 1904 – 3 April 1991) was an English novelist and author regarded as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Combining literary acclaim with widespread popularity, Greene had acquired a reputation early in his own lifetime as a great writer, both of serious Catholic novels and of thrillers (or 'entertainments ' as he termed them); however, even though shortlisted in 1967, he was never awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Through 67 years of writings which included over 25 novels, he explored the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world through a Catholic perspective. Although Greene objected strongly to being described as a Roman Catholic novelist rather than as a novelist who happened to be Catholic, Catholic religious themes are at the root of much of his writing, especially the four major Catholic novels: Brighton Rock, The Power and the Glory, The Heart of the Matter and The End of the Affair; which are regarded as 'the gold standard' of the Catholic novel. Several works such as The Confidential Agent, The Third Man, The Quiet American, Our Man in Havana and The Human Factor also show an avid interest in the workings of international politics and espionage. 

 

 

Barbara Greene was born in 1907 into an environment of great affluence, made possible by her millionaire father, a hugely successful commodity broker known as Eppy, who built his fortune trading coffee in Brazil. She did not study at university, instead deciding to become a nurse. Following her trip to Liberia with her cousin Graham, Barbara found herself trapped in Berlin during World War II, as the fiancée of an aristocratic German diplomat. To survive she skivvied as a char, protected by a family friend, Paul Schmidt, who happened to be Hitler’s long-standing interpreter.

 


 

 

 


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