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"I met Aunt Augusta for the first time at my mother's funeral..."

Described by Graham Greene as "the only book I have written just for the fun of it," Travels with My Aunt is the story of Henry Pulling, a retired and complacent bank manager, who meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time at what he supposes to be his mother's funeral. She soon persuades Henry to abandon his dull suburban existence to travel her way — to Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, Paraguay. Through Aunt Augusta, one of Greene's greatest comic creations, Henry joins a shiftless, twilight society; mixes with hippies, war criminals, and CIA men; smokes pot; and breaks all currency regulations.

Originally published in 1970, Travels with My Aunt gives us an intoxicating entertainment yet also confronts us with some of the most perplexing of human dilemmas. This Graham Greene Centennial Edition includes a new introductory essay by Gloria Emerson.

Review:

"A triumphant comedy....The aunt of Graham Greene's novels turns out to be one of those irrepressible souls, who, like the Wife of Bath...is wise in experience and years but gloriously foolish in all things the English traditionally face with severe prudence." Guy Davenport, National Review

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"Travels with My Aunt is solid, mature, amusing, and disturbing." The New Republic

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"The book...wholeheartedly embraces a Bacchic emphasis on the here and now. It is a remarkable change of emphasis to have made, and...Greene makes it with great wit." The New York Times Book Review

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"No serious writer of [the twentieth century] has more thoroughly invaded and shaped the public imagination than Graham Greene." Time

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Described by Graham Greene as "the only book I have written just for the fun of it." Travels with My Aunt is the story of Hanry Pulling, a retired and complacent bank manager, who meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time at what he supposes to be his mother's funeral. She soon persuades Henry to abandon his dull suburban existence to travel her  way—to Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, Paraguay. Through Aunt Augusta, one of Greene's greatest comic creations, Henry joins a shiftless, twilight society; mixes with hippies, war criminals, and CIA men; smokes pot; and breaks all currency regulations.

Originally published in 1970, Travels with My Aunt gives us an intoxicating entertainment yet also confronts us with some of the most perplexing of human dilemmas. 

About the Author

Graham Greene (1904–1991) worked as a journalist and critic, and was later employed by the foreign office. His many books include The Power and the Glory, The Third Man, Our Man in Havana, The Comedians, and Travels with My Aunt. He is the subject of an acclaimed three-volume biography by Norman Sherry.

A former journalist and war correspondent, Gloria Emerson is the author of Winners & Losers, which received the National Book Award, and, most recently, a novel, Loving Graham Greene.

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lukas, April 19, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
British author Graham Greene was incredibly prolific, writing novels, short stories, plays and film reviews over the course of his long, distinguished career. He often split his books up into "entertainments" (his espionage tales) and more serious works, like "The Power and the Glory." But his best books are both entertaining and serious and this is a good example. The irrepressible Aunt Augusta is one of his greatest creations and she's such a good character that there's a noticeable lack of energy when she's offstage. I agree that the ending wraps up too neatly, but it's the travels that matter.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143039006
Introduction by:
Emerson, Gloria
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Introduction by:
Emerson, Gloria
Introduction:
Emerson, Gloria
Author:
Greene, Graham
Author:
Emerson, Gloria
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
British
Subject:
Aunts
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
Publication Date:
October 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.34x5.48x.72 in. .68 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 288 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143039006 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A triumphant comedy....The aunt of Graham Greene's novels turns out to be one of those irrepressible souls, who, like the Wife of Bath...is wise in experience and years but gloriously foolish in all things the English traditionally face with severe prudence."
"Review" by , "Travels with My Aunt is solid, mature, amusing, and disturbing."
"Review" by , "The book...wholeheartedly embraces a Bacchic emphasis on the here and now. It is a remarkable change of emphasis to have made, and...Greene makes it with great wit."
"Review" by , "No serious writer of [the twentieth century] has more thoroughly invaded and shaped the public imagination than Graham Greene."
"Synopsis" by ,

Described by Graham Greene as "the only book I have written just for the fun of it." Travels with My Aunt is the story of Hanry Pulling, a retired and complacent bank manager, who meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time at what he supposes to be his mother's funeral. She soon persuades Henry to abandon his dull suburban existence to travel her  way—to Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, Paraguay. Through Aunt Augusta, one of Greene's greatest comic creations, Henry joins a shiftless, twilight society; mixes with hippies, war criminals, and CIA men; smokes pot; and breaks all currency regulations.

Originally published in 1970, Travels with My Aunt gives us an intoxicating entertainment yet also confronts us with some of the most perplexing of human dilemmas. 

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