Graham Greene's A Burnt-Out Case (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) PDF

By Graham Greene

Querry, a world-famous architect, is the sufferer of a bad assault of indifference: he not reveals that means in artwork or excitement in existence. Arriving anonymously at a Congo leper village, he's clinically determined because the psychological similar of a "burnt-out case", a leper who has undergone a degree of mutilation. notwithstanding, as Querry loses himself in paintings for the lepers his illness of brain slowly techniques a treatment. Then the white neighborhood unearths out who Querry is...

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Liege might be an ugly and brutal city, but there was no hour of the night when a man, lifting his curtain, could not see a light shining on the opposite wall of the street or perhaps a late passer-by going home. Here at ten o'clock, when the dynamos ceased working, it needed an act of faith to know that the forest had not come up to the threshold of the room. Sometimes it seemed to him that he could hear the leaves brushing on the mosquito-wire. He looked at his watch--four minutes to go. He had admitted to the Superior that he was afraid of the dark.

He had felt strangled his last day in the leproscrie; of course he didn't use the word 'strangled', he told me there wasn't enough air, he wanted to dance and shout and run and sing. But, poor fellow, he couldn't run or dance and the fathers would have taken a poor view of the kind of songs he wanted to sing. So he set out to find this place beside the water. " "A lot of people left the leproscrie three nights ago. They've most of them come back. I expect they had some kind of witchcraft going on.

Mercy... " Querry said. "Hasn't he ever known people to kill with love and kill with mercy? " "Does he want us to blame God for love? I'd rather blame man. If there is a God, let him be innocent at least. " They rose and walked past the mutter of the Credo towards the dispensary. "Poor man," Colin said. "It's a hard life, and he doesn't get many thanks. He does his best for everybody. If he believes I'm a crypto-Christian it's convenient for me, isn't it? " "My life is easier than his--I have a routine that fills my day.

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