The Human Factor

The Human Factor A leak is traced to a small sub section of SIS sparking off the inevitable security checks tensions and suspicions The sort of atmosphere where mistakes could be made For Maurice Castle it is the en

A leak is traced to a small sub section of SIS, sparking off the inevitable security checks, tensions and suspicions The sort of atmosphere where mistakes could be made For Maurice Castle it is the end of the line anyway and time for him to retire with his African wife, Sarah.The Human Factor is Greene s most extensive attempt to incorporate into fiction what he had learA leak is traced to a small sub section of SIS, sparking off the inevitable security checks, tensions and suspicions The sort of atmosphere where mistakes could be made For Maurice Castle it is the end of the line anyway and time for him to retire with his African wife, Sarah.The Human Factor is Greene s most extensive attempt to incorporate into fiction what he had learned of espionage when recruited by MI6 during World War II What it offers is a veteran excursion into Greene s imaginative world Sometimes seen as a brooding prober into the dark recesses of the soul where sins and scruples alike fester, he is equally at home in sending a narrative careering along at break neck pace Raising the demarcation line between serious fiction and fast plotted entertainment, Greene ensures that components of both jostle energizingly together in his pages from the Introduction by Peter Kemp

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  1. 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 Greene combined serious literary acclaim with wide popularity.Although Greene objected strongly to being described as a Catholic novelist rather than as a novelist who happened to be Catholic, Catholic religious themes are at the root of much of his writing, especially the four major Catholic novels Brighton Rock, The Heart of the Matter, The End of the Affair, and The Power and the Glory Works such as The Quiet American, Our Man in Havana and The Human Factor also show an avid interest in the workings of international politics and espionage Excerpted from

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  1. More than his superior novels, THE HUMAN FACTOR demonstrates Greene s confounding ability to compel readers to turn pages Though nothing much was going on and the plot was nearly entirely predictable, I flew through It shares with John Le Carre than other Greenes that I ve read, save for a few flourishes at the edges when our lead, Castle, enters a Catholic Church toward the end of the novel it was a bit like McCartney playing the opening of Hey Jude.What we have a spycraft novel with extremely [...]


  2. LA VALUTAZIONE DEL RISCHIO Credo che per me si tratti della quinta rilettura, tra lingua originale e traduzione palese che questo libro di Greene mi piace, che lo prendo e riprendo per la certezza che mi far passare qualche ora di buona sana lettura, che mi confermer la sua qualit.Il film diretto da Otto Preminger del 1979 Nel cast anche tre Sir titolo onorifico assegnato dalla Corona , i primi due ormai defunti Richard Attenborough, John Gielgud, Derek Jacobi.Una spy story ambientata all intern [...]


  3. It took me about 80 pages to realize I was right to continue to read this If I wasn t already familiar with Greene, I probably would ve put it down at some point before those 80 pages, thinking this book was not my kind of thing But it deserves patience, as Greene is setting you up necessary for the story and by the time you re set up, you re hooked.This novel is a mastery of dialogue I can t remember the last time a book told me so much, and did it so well, with dialogue, not just in advancing [...]


  4. a novel of spies and of pawns and of the interchangeability of those roles the tale is deceptively simple and straightforward the mixed loyalties of the protagonist and the portrait of his relationship with his african wife are sweetly affecting and pleasingly non dramatic.but all of this is, in a way, a cover for the bleakly mordant commentary on betrayal that lies at the novel s heart reading Human Factor made me understand how the works of le carre will always be superior to the works of flem [...]


  5. Ora lo so dopo avere letto tre libri di Greene mi sembra un numero sufficiente posso affermare con certezza che diventato uno dei miei autori preferiti, lo amo.Amo soprattutto i suoi personaggi quelli maschili, perch le donne rimangono sempre un po pi sullo sfondo delle sue storie.I suoi personaggi sono uomini virili, non nel senso sessuale, ma virili perch fermi nei loro propositi, inflessibili, rocce ma con un cuore di burro dolcissimo che nasconde il loro tormento interiore, che sia sentiment [...]


  6. Surprisingly this espionage fiction set presumably amid the Cold War has proved itself as one of Mr Greene s enjoyable works, it was my misunderstanding with insufficient motive and information that kept me stay put for years till a few months ago when I decided to resume reading his The Confidential Agent as well as Our Man in Havana in which his writing style, tragedy episodes, sense of humor, etc have since served me as some essential backgrounds before premature decidedly plunging in to enjo [...]


  7. When Graham Greene wrote this book he was 74 years old and had published his first novel 49 years earlier These are two facts that show how extraordinarily long lived the literary career of this man has been But those who may look for decay or incipient senility in The Human Factor will be disappointed Among the 6 novels of Mr Greene I read so far, this is among the best ones even considering the usual high quality standards of this author The Human Factor is a novel of apparent stillness and th [...]


  8. I read this for a book club discussion, and was completely blown away The story deals with MI5 and MI6 intelligence officials during the Cold War, and is of a realistic look at life in secret intelligence than the action packed spy books and movies we re used to It s slow in starting, but really takes off halfway through There is so much subtly building up as the story moves along Once I saw where it was going, I really appreciated the pacing of the beginning and the way information was reveale [...]


  9. Castle is approaching retirement from MI6 where he has been an officer in the Africa section for a number of years following active service in the continent He is married to a black South African lady who he helped escape from the apartheid regime He is enjoying his quiet and uneventful life, when him and his assistant, Davis, are interviewed following the discovery of a leak in the service that has been traced back to his department The investigation concludes that Davis is the source of the le [...]


  10. Love the way Graham Greene talks about human frailties without being preachy or overbearing His writing tugs at your heart just that wee bit, but leaves you thinking long after you ve finished reading



  11. Castle is only a pawnI m not a fan of spy novels Our Man in Havana and a couple by Le Carr and you re already at the bottom of the list Still, as a tersely written thriller read on an interminable airplane flight, THE HUMAN FACTOR stands out The characters Castle, Davis, Daintry, Percival, Hargreaves, and Boris are very well drawn, their all too human motives revealed one by one as are their reactions to events Sarah, the African wife of double agent Castle, remains something of a stick figure E [...]


  12. Review first posted on BookLikes brokentuneoklikes post It s possible, of course, just possible, C said, that the leak came from abroad and that the evidence has been planted here They would like to disrupt us, damage morale and hurt us with the Americans The knowledge that there was a leak, if it became public, could be damaging than the leak itself That s what I was thinking, Percival said Questions in Parliament All the old names thrown up Vassall, the Portland affair, Philby But if they re [...]


  13. I ve read two other Greene novels besides this one, The End of the Affair and The Captain and the Enemy, and I m still not entirely sure what I m going to get when I pick up one of his books, but I know I love his writing This is one of his later novels in an incredible career that began in the 20s and lasted until the late 80s I always think of him as a classic author, but it seems odd to include anything written in my lifetime, so I tend to fall back on the arbitrary fifty year rule with him A [...]


  14. Some years ago I read the Tenth Man, and I enjoyed it for its irony The plot was remarkable to me because it diverged from the other British Spy novels I have read Though I admit I ve not read too many It has been my impression the Brit spy novel was always centered around a mole embedded in a British intelligence agency I happened to read somewhere about what a great spy novelist Graham Green was, and I decided I would give this one a try The Human Factor does concern a mole, but I decided to r [...]


  15. Greene started writing this novel some time in the late 1960s, and unfortunately took too long He was pipped at the post by someone who wrote a much better traitorous espionage novel namely Le Carre s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy It s a shame because this is a great Greeneland novel with all the usual themes splashed around fidelity, temptation, redemption, betrayal and .It is interesting to see that Greene s experiences in the secret service mirrors those of LeCarre in the grey, grimy espionage [...]


  16. If a chain is as strong as its weakest link, is a novel as strong as its tackiest passages This is my clueless and somewhat arrogant rant As I always heard Greene being pictured as respected, I was very disapointed at this novel More specifically, at its style.This is what first raised my ears A couple discuss in bed She asks him if he doesn t want a kid of his own, since he is raising Sam, her son with another man.And he responds something like this I love Sam because he isn t mine Because I do [...]


  17. Uma narrativa tipica sobre espi es que escapa ao t pico a perfeita ant tese das encantadas e pouco realistas hist rias do nosso amigo Bond James Bond.



  18. Particolare pur essendo ambientato all interno del MI6 agenzia di spionaggio inglese , costruito in maniera molto diversa dai soliti thriller dai capitoli brevissimi e dai periodi lampo La trama tutta incernierata sui personaggi GG che davvero un gran bravo scrittore pulito, elegante, lineare ne tratteggia e mostra le debolezze, l imperfezione il fattore umano , appunto su cui viene costruita la trama, nonch gli immancabili, seppur pochi, colpi di scena Libro piacevole, seppur nel profondo cinic [...]


  19. Un libro que te engancha, se van revelando giros e historias, ideal para vacacionesNo estoy muy inspirada para hacer review hoy.


  20. The Human Factor highlights a man, Maurice Castle, who is driven at times to make choices based on love and an often misplaced sense of moral duty that have some pretty serious consequences for himself and others Castle is an agent in MI6, and as the book opens, a leak has been discovered in his division Suspicion falls on his partner, Davis, who seems to have a lot money than an agent in his position should he bets,he drives a Jag and he s also a pretty heavy drinker Castle is older, near reti [...]


  21. The Human Factor is a novel about a very ordinary, almost nondescript, man who makes his living in the shady world of espionage It s not your typical spy novel however Clandestine meetings, secret messages and code names are not much in evidence nor is the plot of the usual fiendishly complex kind and there s a distinct absence of high octave action scenes What we get instead is a thoughtful novel about loyalty and betrayal.In his 1980 autobiography Ways of Escape, Graham Greene said his intent [...]


  22. The Human Factor is a spy story on a very small canvas, Men from the Ministry than Ian Fleming or John le Carr There is the same well meaning little man who does tremendous harm as in The Quiet American, but The Human Factor sees the situation through the eyes of the little man himself Unlike most popular fiction, where all the right is on one side and all the evil on the other, Graham Greene presents a morally ambiguous situation Here is a loving husband and father, a conscientious employee, a [...]


  23. During the darkest days of Apartheid in South Africa, the protagonist, a British intelligence officer called Maurice Castle, received help from an anti apartheid lawyer and a communist operative to have his black wife and child escape the secret police Some years later, close to retirement, Castle has settled in England with his family and is working in White Hall analyzing intelligence from Africa To pay back his debt of honor to the communists, he has been leaking classified information to the [...]


  24. A realistic version of working for MI6 in the 1960s than Ian Flemming s James Bond stories, based on Graham Greene s own experiences working for the British foreign intelligence service As always I love the way Graham Greene writes and the way he tells a story His characters are especially complex and conflicted And you can understand clearly why they act as they do and the difficulty of the decisions they have had to make You also get a very strong sense of the pervasive loneliness that these [...]


  25. This might not be the best of the spies are people too type of espionage thriller But it s very convincing, and a really thought provoking read Maurice Castle is a spy, moved back to London from South Africa because he married a black woman and broke their apartheid rules In London, he finds his spying agency full of questionable ethics, and there are still South Africans who are out to cause him trouble But through it all he keeps his sense of humanity through the love of his wife, and their so [...]


  26. This was an okay novel, but not up to Graham Greene s best, in my humble opinion Honestly, I never really got fully engaged in the plot or its characters It has been my experience that early Greene novels are such a deep psychological tour de force, and I never felt that this connected with me like that.


  27. This is not my cup of mystery tea.I think it is unfair to rate this book below 3 stars as this is a fairly decent book with a decent story The mundane life of a desk spy and the eventual uncovering of the mystery is all well written The story is character driven and lot of time is spent on giving certain degree of dimensions to the characters particularly Castle Graham Greene is writing characters who are all good and devoid of morality and are completely blind to this hypocrisy except Castle.Is [...]


  28. Mi colpisce nelle opere di Greene la variet delle trame, anche se quasi sempre c un filo rosso che le cuce, il mondo infido dei servizi segreti, e dei complotti agiti da essi o contro di essi All interno di questa cornice, per , si allarga nei suoi romanzi un ventaglio di situazioni e di luoghi ampio quanto il mondo, quanto la sua esperienza di vita in tutti i continenti A questa capacit di intrecciare vita personale e creativit , realt e immaginazione, G aggiunge un altro talento, raro negli sc [...]


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