The Man Within My Head by Pico Iyer

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By the end of the book I was still not sure what drew Iyer to Greene, but I did have a renewed, vivid sense of Greene’s character.
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We all carry people inside our heads—actors, leaders, writers, people out of history or fiction, met or unmet, who sometimes seem closer to us than people we know.
 
In The Man Within My Head, Pico Iyer sets out to unravel the mysterious closeness he has always felt with the English writer Graham Greene; he examines Greene’s obsessions, his elusiveness, his penchant for mystery. Iyer follows Greene’s trail from his first novel, The Man Within, to such later classics as The Quiet American and begins to unpack all he has in common with Greene: an English public school education, a lifelong restlessness and refusal to make a home anywhere, a fascination with the complications of faith. The deeper Iyer plunges into their haunted kinship, the more he begins to wonder whether the man within his head is not Greene but his own father, or perhaps some more shadowy aspect of himself.
 
Drawing upon experiences across the globe, from Cuba to Bhutan, and moving, as Greene would, from Sri Lanka in war to intimate moments of introspection; trying to make sense of his own past, commuting between the cloisters of a fifteenth-century boarding school and California in the 1960s, one of our most resourceful explorers of crossing cultures gives us his most personal and revelatory book.
 

About Pico Iyer

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Pico Iyer has written nonfiction books on globalism, Japan, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, and forgotten places, and novels on Revolutionary Cuba and Islamic mysticism. He regularly writes on literature for The New York Review of Books, on travel for the Financial Times, and on global culture and the news for Time, The New York Times, and magazines around the world.
 
Published January 3, 2012 by Vintage. 255 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Parenting & Relationships, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Samanth Subramanian on Jun 15 2012

Greene's great gift and his fount of despair, Iyer had written in that piece, was his ability to "see the folly and frailty of everyone around him".

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Reviewed by Anthony Sattin on May 19 2012

...one of those hard to categorise books that publishers resist, booksellers puzzle over but readers will surely love.

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WSJ online

Above average
Reviewed by Allan Massie on Jan 07 2012

The man within Mr. Iyer's head is kind and generous.

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LA Times

Below average
Reviewed by Richard Rayner on Jan 22 2012

"The Man Within My Head"...is patchwork rather than a narrative...

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Feb 10 2012

By the end of the book I was still not sure what drew Iyer to Greene, but I did have a renewed, vivid sense of Greene’s character.

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