A Gun for Sale

A Gun for Sale

by Graham Greene

Raven is an ugly man dedicated to ugly deeds.

His cold-blooded killing of a European Minister of War is an act of violence with chilling repercussions, not just for Raven himself but for the nation as a whole.

The money he receives in payment for the murder is made up of stolen notes and when the first of these is traced, Raven becomes a man on the run.

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  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 3.66
  • Pages: 184
  • Publish Date: August 30th 2005 by Penguin Classics
  • Isbn10: 014303930X
  • Isbn13: 9780143039303

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It was his first book and even he said it was poop.) I shouldn't have waited twenty years between the two! This Gun For Hire is actually A Gun For Sale, but whatever the title it has all the noiry hallmarks that defined the era, formed the Hollywood version of crime noir and thus spread the good word back to the people en masse. A hired killer gets double-crossed and goes after the guy that stiffed him, all while being chased by the coppers.

Quando un libro racconta due storie invece di una sola Amo Graham Greene e possiedo molti dei suoi libri, oltre ai due Meridiani che contengono tutte le sue opere, ma quando mi aggiro tra le bancarelle dell'usato e mi capita di trovare una vecchia edizione dei suoi romanzi non resisto alla tentazione di portarmela a casa.

When a hare-lipped assassin named Raven is paid for a job with stolen cash, he becomes wanted for robbery and goes on the run with a hostage named Anne. I liked the characters of Anne and Raven quite a bit and had high hopes at the start.

The other great pleasure of this novel is the use of location and the manner in which Greene evokes the choking fog and the grey light of a miserable Northern England, it's a little cliche in film circles to say things like the location is the star but in literature only a truly great writer can make that so with just a few seemingly offhand phrases.

One of the reasons is that the story involves a man called Raven hired by Cholmondeley (miraculously pronounced Chumley, only two from its obvious four syllables!) who has been employed by the Jewish steel tycoon, Sir Marcus, to kill an old War Minister by an automatic. So Raven has become the hunter, having Anne as the shield in the midst of fragile friendship, who finally takes his revenge on Mr Davis and Sir Marcus; he himself is gunned down by Saunders. 85 (2), 87 (1) totaling ten times while talking to people or being narrated, probably due to his want of formal education I think it is his habitual way in comforting or encouraging himself due to his seemingly obvious inferiority. The man in the gas-mask spoke and again the muffled coarse voice pricked at Mr Davis's memory. The muffled voice said, 'The money ...' ... There is one more thing I think such a word wouldn't do when I read this paragraph: 'You're mad,' Sir Marcus whispered. In brief, this novel is worth spending our time provided that we take Raven as a fictive character, an unexemplary assassin whose dangerous ideas and deeds should be taken into account with care and wisdom, in other words, justice will finally conquer.

Relatively quick read, entertaining in parts but the tension of the story was not maintained throughout.

The library book I read was This Gun for Hire.

Henry Graham Greene, OM, CH was an English novelist, short story writer, playwright, screenplay writer, travel writer and critic whose works explore the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world.