Traveling on the Edge by Julia Llewellyn Smith
Journeys in the Footsteps of Graham Greene

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Fascinated by depravity and unpredictability, horrified by the prospect of family life, Graham Greene's travels took him to some of the most neglected and dangerous parts of the world. Julia Llewellyn Smith catalogs Greene's destinations with political insight as well as humor, and finds herself attracted to the places where Greene had found himself at particularly dark times: Argentina at war, Mexico during religious persecutions, Vietnam on the brink of war, and Cuba just before the revolution. As she travels to these countries herself, Llewellyn Smith comes to understand them through Greene's accounts, and writes about their contemporary color and depth with a discerning perspective all her own.

About Julia Llewellyn Smith

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Julia Llewellyn Smith lives in London. She is a former columnist for The Times, Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Express.
Published December 7, 2001 by St. Martin's Press. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction

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By Smith’s own admission, however, Greene rarely stayed in a place for more than a few weeks and generally showed no interest in the local population other than as foils for his fully developed expatriate protagonists.

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''Since Greene had been to Saigon,'' she writes ''everything had changed, yet nothing had altered.'' In Cuba, whose revolution Greene supported, she is less enthused, observing that ''Havana is as decadent as when Greene knew it.'' She follows Greene and his ''man'' around Havana, but the failure...

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While Smith does not seem to share her subject's excessively pessimistic view of humanity (Greene "never stopped picking at the scab of the human condition"), she finds only a few bright spots, such as the southern part of Vietnam, which impressed her as beautiful and exotic, and Haiti, where she...

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