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The End of the Affair  
First edition cover
First edition cover
Author Graham Greene
Country Britain
Language English
Genre(s) Novel
Publisher Heinemann
Publication date 1951
Media type Hardcover (first edition)
Pages 237 p. (first edition)
ISBN NA

The End of the Affair (1951) is a novel by British author Graham Greene, as well as the title of two feature films (released in 1955 and 1999) that were adapted for the screen based on the novel.

Set in London during and just after World War II, the novel examines the obsessions, jealousy and discernments within the relationships between three central characters: writer Maurice Bendrix; Sarah Miles; and her husband, civil servant Henry Miles.

Graham Greene's own affair with Lady Catherine Walston played into the basis for The End of the Affair. The British edition of the novel is dedicated to "C" while the American version is made out to "Catherine." Greene's own house at 14 Clapham Common Northside was bombed during The Blitz.[1]

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Synopsis

The novel focuses on Maurice Bendrix, a rising writer during World War II in London, and Sarah Miles, the wife of an important civil servant. Bendrix is loosely based on Greene himself, and he reflects often on the act of writing a novel. Sarah is based loosely on Greene's mistress at the time, Catherine Walston, to whom the book is dedicated.

Bendrix and Sarah fall in love quickly, but he soon realizes that the affair will end as quickly as it began. The relationship suffers from his overt and admitted jealousy. He is frustrated by her refusal to divorce Henry, her amiable but boring husband. When a bomb blasts Bendrix's flat as he is with Sarah, he is nearly killed. After this, Sarah breaks off the affair with no apparent explanation.

Two years later, Bendrix is still wracked with jealousy when he sees Henry crossing the Common that separates their flats. Henry has finally started to suspect something, and Bendrix decides to go to a private detective to discover Sarah's new lover. Through her diary, he learns that, when she thought he was dead after the bombing, she made a promise to God not to see Bendrix again if God allowed him to live again. Greene describes Sarah's struggles with Catholicism. After her sudden death from pneumonia, several almost-miraculous events occur, advocating for some kind of meaningfulness to Sarah's faith. By the last page of the novel, Bendrix may have come to believe in a God as well, though not to love him.

The End of the Affair is the fourth and last of Greene's explicitly Catholic novels.

Adaptations

In 1955, the book was made into a film, directed by Edward Dmytryk, with the screenplay adaptation by Lenore J. Coffee. David Lewis was the producer and David E. Rose executive producer. It starred Deborah Kerr as Sarah Miles, Van Johnson as Maurice Bendrix, Sir John Mills as Albert Parkis, and Peter Cushing as Henry Miles.

In 1999, the novel was again made into a movie (The End of the Affair), directed by Irish director Neil Jordan. Jordan also wrote the screenplay and produced the film with Stephen Woolley. It starred American actress Julianne Moore as Sarah Miles, English actor Ralph Fiennes as Maurice Bendrix, and Irish actor Stephen Rea as Henry Miles. Julianne Moore was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

In 2004, Jake Heggie composed an opera based on the novel. It premiered at the Houston Grand Opera in March of that year, and was subsequently revised into its final form.

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The End of the Affair  
Author Graham Greene
Country Britain
Language English
Genre(s) Novel
Publisher Heinemann
Publication date 1951
Media type Hardcover (first edition)
Pages 237 p. (first edition)
ISBN NA

The End of the Affair (1951) is a novel by British author Graham Greene, as well as the title of two feature films (released in 1955 and 1999) that were adapted for the screen based on the novel.

Set in London during and just after World War II, the novel examines the obsessions, jealousy and discernments within the relationships between three central characters: writer Maurice Bendrix; Sarah Miles; and her husband, civil servant Henry Miles.

Graham Greene's own affair with Lady Catherine Walston played into the basis for The End of the Affair. The British edition of the novel is dedicated to "C" while the American version is made out to "Catherine." Greene's own house at 14 Clapham Common Northside was bombed during The Blitz.[1]

Contents

Synopsis

The novel focuses on Maurice Bendrix, a rising writer during World War II in London, and Sarah Miles, the wife of an important civil servant. Bendrix is loosely based on Greene himself, and he reflects often on the act of writing a novel. Sarah is based loosely on Greene's mistress at the time, Catherine Walston, to whom the book is dedicated.

Bendrix and Sarah fall in love quickly, but he soon realizes that the affair will end as quickly as it began. The relationship suffers from his overt and admitted jealousy. He is frustrated by her refusal to divorce Henry, her amiable but boring husband. When a bomb blasts Bendrix's flat as he is with Sarah, he is nearly killed. After this, Sarah breaks off the affair with no apparent explanation.

Two years later, Bendrix is still wracked with jealousy when he sees Henry crossing the Common that separates their flats. Henry has finally started to suspect something, and Bendrix decides to go to a private detective to discover Sarah's new lover. Through her diary, he learns that, when she thought he was dead after the bombing, she made a promise to God not to see Bendrix again if God allowed him to live again. Greene describes Sarah's struggles with Catholicism. After her sudden death from pneumonia, several almost-miraculous events occur, advocating for some kind of meaningfulness to Sarah's faith. By the last page of the novel, Bendrix may have come to believe in a God as well, though not to love him.

The End of the Affair is the fourth and last of Greene's explicitly Catholic novels.

Adaptations

In 1955, the book was made into a film, directed by Edward Dmytryk, with the screenplay adaptation by Lenore J. Coffee. David Lewis was the producer and David E. Rose executive producer. It starred Deborah Kerr as Sarah Miles, Van Johnson as Maurice Bendrix, Sir John Mills as Albert Parkis, and Peter Cushing as Henry Miles.

In 1999, the novel was again made into a movie (The End of the Affair), directed by Irish director Neil Jordan. Jordan also wrote the screenplay and produced the film with Stephen Woolley. It starred American actress Julianne Moore as Sarah Miles, English actor Ralph Fiennes as Maurice Bendrix, and Irish actor Stephen Rea as Henry Miles. Julianne Moore was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

In 2004, Jake Heggie composed an opera based on the novel. It premiered at the Houston Grand Opera in March of that year, and was subsequently revised into its final form.

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The End of the Affair is a 1999 film about a novelist who has an affair with his friend's wife and becomes obsessed with her after she suddenly and inexplicably ends their affair.

Directed by Neil Jordan. Screenplay written by Neil Jordan, based on the novel by Graham Greeene.
The end was just the beginning.

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Maurice Bendrix

  • I hate you, God. I hate you as though you existed.
  • To be is to be perceived.
  • I am a jealous man.
  • You have to understand. I'm jealous of everything that moves. I'm jealous of the rain!
  • Pain is easy to write. In pain we're all happily individual. But what can one write about happiness?

Sarah

  • I had tempted fate, and fate had accepted.
  • Tell Him I'm sorry. I'm too human. Too weak. Tell Him I can't keep my promises. I'm tired of being without you.
  • You see I never stopped loving you, even though I couldn't see you.
  • I've only made two promises in my life. One was to marry Henry, the other is to stop seeing you. And I'm too weak to keep either.

Dialogue

Maurice Bendrix : I'm jealous of this stocking.
Sarah Miles : Why?
Maurice Bendrix : Because it does what I can't. Kisses your whole leg. And I'm jealous of this button.
Sarah Miles : Poor, innocent button.
Maurice Bendrix : It's not innocent at all. It's with you all day. I'm not.
Sarah Miles : I suppose you're jealous of my shoes?
Maurice Bendrix : Yes.
Sarah Miles : Why?
Maurice Bendrix : Because they'll take you away from me.

Sarah : Love doesn't end, just because we don't see each other.
Maurice Bendrix : Doesn't it?
Sarah : People go on loving God, don't they? All their lives. Without seeing him.
Maurice Bendrix : That's not my kind of love.
Sarah : Maybe there is no other kind.

Sarah : Are you on a new book?
Maurice Bendrix : Of course.
Sarah : It's not about us, is it? The one you threatened to write?
Maurice Bendrix : A book takes a year to write. It's too hard work for revenge.
Sarah : If only you knew how little you had to revenge.
Maurice Bendrix : I'm joking. We are adults. We knew it had to end some time. Now we can have lunch and talk about your husband.

Taglines

  • The end was just the beginning.

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