Travels With My Aunt
Described by Graham Greene as "the only book I have written just for the fun of it." Travels with My Aunt is the story of Hanry Pulling, a retired and complacent bank manager, who meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time at what he supposes to be his mother's funeral. She soon... show more
Described by Graham Greene as "the only book I have written just for the fun of it." Travels with My Aunt is the story of Hanry Pulling, a retired and complacent bank manager, who meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time at what he supposes to be his mother's funeral. She soon persuades Henry to abandon his dull suburban existence to travel her way—to Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, Paraguay. Through Aunt Augusta, one of Greene's greatest comic creations, Henry joins a shiftless, twilight society; mixes with hippies, war criminals, and CIA men; smokes pot; and breaks all currency regulations. Originally published in 1970, Travels with My Aunt gives us an intoxicating entertainment yet also confronts us with some of the most perplexing of human dilemmas.
Publish date: September 28th 2004
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 254
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, English Literature
My wife and I both had vague but positive memories of having read "Travels With My Aunt" way back in the last century so we decided to give the audiobook version a try and refresh our memories. Tim Pigott-Smith is the narrator and he gives a wonderful performance, providing just the right voices ...
Travels with my Aunt is a fun and enjoyable read about Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager somewhere in his fifties, and how his life gets turned upside down when he meets his Aunt Augusta at his moher´s funeral. All of a sudden Henry´s boring dahlia-filled suburban life is turned into a life of t...
bookshelves: published-1969, summer-2010, amusing Read on August 15, 2010 Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager, meets his old aunt for the first time in over 50 years. She persuades him to travel with her. Through his aunt, a veteran of Europe's hotel bedrooms, Henry joins a shiftless, twilight ...
I laughed out loud so many times reading this book. It is sublime and it is subversive, and the dialogue between Aunt Augusta and Henry actually reminds me of some conversations I have had with my great-uncle, whose stories have influenced me in a similar way that Henry has been affected by his Aunt...
I was very happy with this one, as middle aged banker Harry Pullings is yanked out of his dull, complacent retirement by his Aunt Augusta. Forced to travel with her across Europe and eventually Paraguay, he finds a world full of adventure and absurdity with all sorts of strange encounters, and shame...