Ways of Escape
With superb skill and feeling, Graham greene retraces the experiences and encounters of a long and extraordinary life. His restlessness is legendary; he has travelled like an explorer seeking our people and political situations. 'at the dangerous edge of things' - Haiti during the nightmare rule of Papa Doc, Vietnam in the last days - of the French. , Cuba, Prague, Paraguay, Kenya during the Mau Mau rebellion. With ironic delight he recalls his time in the British Secret Service in Africa, and his brief involvement in Hollywood. He writes, as only he can about people and places, about faith, doubt, fear and, not least, the trials and craft of writing.

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  • Ana Esteban
    Jan 23, 2017

    Ana Esteban

    Bien escrito pero como no he leído muchos libros suyos no lo disfruto y me pierdo. Pero reconozco que es un buen escritor. ...

  • Jonfaith
    Jun 10, 2016


    The view of an outsider at a revolution is an odd and slanting one, rather lie a pretentious camera angle; he may sometimes even be unaware that anything is happening around him at all. A most curious color of memoir, Ways of Escape plumbs and exposes Greene and his project. For myself...

  • Dymbula
    Jun 10, 2016


    O životě, o cestování, o tajných službách, O Kubě, o psaní, o psaní o psaní. Skvělá knížka. ...

  • Russio
    Dec 3, 2015


    Part two of the "sort of" autobiography from the British 20th Century master novellist. This chronicles Greene's writing career and dwells upon later, more interesting works with detail. Greene was a perennially fascinating writer and to get inside his working methods and experiences i...

  • Dane Cobain
    Sep 7, 2015

    Dane Cobain

    I’m usually a fan of Graham Greene’s work, but this one didn’t really catch my imagination – perhaps that’s because it tells the story of a series of real events, and so there’s not much for you to imagine. Whatever the reason, I just struggled to get as a...

  • David
    Aug 30, 2015


    Please see my review of "A Sort of Life". ...

  • Kitty
    Jun 22, 2015


    A fascinating and adventurous literary autobiography (part two) told with wit and insight. The emphasis is on his writing and what inspired it, so having not read all of his work some analyses were less interesting than others; he introduced the book with a caveat that there would be n...

  • Lisa
    May 12, 2014


    I read this as it was on the 501 Must read book list, I only read one other Graham Greene (which was also on the list). Because of this I don't think I was the target audience for this memoir. He goes into some detail of characters and plot of his novels and I got a bit bored. However ...

  • Barbara
    Dec 28, 2013


    Well written and interesting. There was a lot about his writing methods and motivations. Also quite a bit about his Catholicism and his many travels. I really enjoyed it. ...

  • Patrick McCoy
    Aug 12, 2013

    Patrick McCoy

    Ways of Escape (1980) is the fascinating second volume of Graham Greene’s autobiography. Since I am a huge fan of Greene’s writing it gives great insight into how he created his novels, stories, plays, and other writings. However, it also gives insight into Greene’s obse...