Out of all the books I have had standing by as reference while reading Greene’s novels, this one was decidedly “meh”.
West tries to give a lot of background and connect Greene’s books and characters to real-life events and people in Greene’s life, but somehow this neither makes a captivating read nor a convincing analysis of Greene’s work.
The writing seems rather disjointed at times, and at other times the analysis comes across as a best guess.
Maybe this book makes for better reading for someone who has more of an in-depth knowledge of Greene’s biography, but as a stand-by reference to accompany my Greene-land adventures The Quest for Graham Greene raised more questions than it answered.
2.5* (out of 5*)