A Burnt-Out Case

A Burnt Out Case Querry a world famous architect is the victim of a terrible attack of indifference he no longer finds meaning in art or pleasure in life Arriving anonymously at a Congo leper village he is diagnose

  • Title: A Burnt-Out Case
  • Author: Graham Greene
  • ISBN: 9780140185393
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Paperback
  • Querry, a world famous architect, is the victim of a terrible attack of indifference he no longer finds meaning in art or pleasure in life Arriving anonymously at a Congo leper village, he is diagnosed as the mental equivalent of a burnt out case , a leper who has gone through a stage of mutilation However, as Querry loses himself in work for the lepers his disease ofQuerry, a world famous architect, is the victim of a terrible attack of indifference he no longer finds meaning in art or pleasure in life Arriving anonymously at a Congo leper village, he is diagnosed as the mental equivalent of a burnt out case , a leper who has gone through a stage of mutilation However, as Querry loses himself in work for the lepers his disease of mind slowly approaches a cure Then the white community finds out who Querry isFor than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to date translations by award winning translators.

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    1. Why am I in love with Graham Greene the novels of Graham Greene? So many reasons His deep intelligence and respect for the reader's intelligence. He's passionate; his characters fall deeply in love, into or out of faith. Their concerns are very real; their thoughts and dialogue feel so. Their conversations are engaging and not there just to "move the plot along." Greene loves women. You can tell. His female characters feel real, not idealized, not just versions of the same woman. I don't always [...]

    2. Greene writes books which require thought, because he puts his own struggles with faith and philosophy into his novels. The principal character is Querry, a famous architect who is disillusioned with his work, his faith, relationships and life in general. He travels to the Congo, to a leper colony deep in the interior and run by a Catholic monastic order. Here he makes himself useful and even safes the life of one particular resident, by rescuing him when lost at night. Querry has travelled to w [...]

    3. Losing Yourself in the ColoniesGraham Greene wrote a number of first class novels like "The Comedians", "The Power and the Glory", "The Quiet American", and the comic "Our Man in Havana", to name a few. He wrote others, of course, which did not quite reach the same level. I would say that this novel, which takes place at a leprosarium in the (former) Belgian Congo is one of them. Still, Greene was probably incapable of writing a complete clunker. When you criticize a novel of his, you are basica [...]

    4. Do you ever start to read books that you know are really good but you can't get into them? I've been trying to read A Burnt Out Case for days. It didn't work for in print so I got the audio. Same thing. I listen to a bit and come back to it later and I don't remember what I have listened to. So I start again and remember it as I go along so it's boring, so I fast-forward listen to it, put it down. Next time I go back to it, I forgotten it all over again!I really like Graham Greene, and what I ha [...]

    5. ‘Oh yes, make no mistake, one does. One comes to an end.’‘What are you here for then? To make love to a black woman?’‘No. One comes to an end of that too. Possibly sex and a vocation are born and die together. Let me roll bandages or carry buckets. All I want is to pass the time.’‘I thought you wanted to be of use.’‘Listen,’ Querry said and then fell silent.‘I am listening.’To me this quote perfectly describes A Burnt Out Case - it is a story about communication and misco [...]

    6. "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."Those aren't Graham Greene's words; they come from the finale of the 1962 John Ford western movie classic, The Man Who Shot Libery Valance, and they refer to how a mythos can be created from a lie; how the sad, banal truth rarely stands a chance against the compelling human urge to heroicize, romanticize, mythologize and canonize.In Greene's A Burnt-out Case, his spiritually spent ("burnt-out") and self-denigrating protagonist, Querry--an architec [...]

    7. 3.5 starsPsychologically 'burnt-out' and philosophically self-seeking, a world-famous architect named Mr Querry has renounced the world to stay at a leper colony in the Congo; however, his fame still follows him. His mind seems to get better from his work in helping the Fathers design a new hospital building. Compared to his "The Honorary Consul," this novel is nearly equal; however, I found the following amusing since they reveal how explicit and humorless Mr Querry obstinately keeps declining [...]

    8. I was given A Burnt-Out Case by a philosophy professor in early January because I was feeling quite dissatisfied with my job and I was considering starting from scratch, embarking on a different track to study comparative literature. Because I knew my professor was a Catholic Christian, I assumed the book would deal with Catholicism; doubtless, the subject matter revolves around faith, but I also had the feeling that other topics were similarly present.The book packs a handful of concurrent them [...]

    9. From BBC Radio 4 - Drama:by Graham GreeneDramatised by Nick Warburton.Directed by Sally AvensQuerry, a celebrated architect of churches believes himself burnt out: unable to feel anything for his profession, his faith or even the suicide of his mistress.He journeys to a remote leprosy in Africa: there, he hopes to live in obscurity, unconcerned with the fate of others and to die, but it seems that he may have a second chance to find both happiness and redemption.The story reflects many of Greene [...]

    10. Yeah so I`ve deleted this review two times until now. God really doesn`t want me to type this blasphemy. Too bad I don`t believe in him, it, whatever so I`ll type it again with more words than ever or probably less. Anyways, I loved this book. As an atheist that still ponders everything in her mind due to what she sees, this book is proof that many people try to find God just because they are lost themselves, scared in their own miserable shell of disgusting hater for themselves and others. Quer [...]

    11. A Burnt-Out Case in now my second favorite Greene novel, close to rivaling A Quiet American, and the only book so far this year that I considered placing on my favorites shelf. If I hesitate at all, then I tend to not do it, but there is something to be said for the consideration, at least to my obsessive compulsive tendencies, mostly under control and occasionally emerging here on .The story follows an indifferently affected man into an African leper colony, home to a cast of characters possess [...]

    12. Some people complain about Graham Greene always writing the same story: a combination of doubts about God and marital infidelity. He writes so well, it doesn't bother me in the least. Most great writers explore the same territory for their entire career, turning the subject like a precious stone, shedding light on every facet. Querry is a fugitive from his own life. He had been a successful architect, achieving fame for his cathedrals. His years of womanizing had led him to decide he was incapab [...]

    13. Greene- what a writer! This book, an exploration of the experience of [another] tortured Catholic, is just so intense. The setting is a leper hospital run by European missionaries in the African Congo. The characters all profess to be living a life of meaning.Their differing levels of self-awareness impact on their capacities to understand the main character, a brilliant architect,a builder of cathedrals, now desperate to shed his past and to live in peace. Leprosy is a metaphor for whatever in [...]

    14. Wow -- not sure why I didn't love this book like everyone else on this forum!Maybe I didn't quite understand? I was hoping for a story rich with dripping wet details of living in the heart of africa on a leper colony, but instead i just kind of found what I felt was a superficial story of a social recluse who I definitely never connected to (let alone any of the other interchangeable characters.)Don't know why, but it just didn't resonate with me.

    15. Greene's protagonist is a successful architect who longer believes in his work or ability to love. Seeking oblivion in a leper colony, he finds relief being useful to the colony's atheist doctor, but before long his spiritual "aridity" becomes the basis of a fantastic story about his saintliness. The last chapter is a comedy of competing religious narratives that ends in tragedy. As a Catholic writer Greene doubtlessly faced similar situations to Querry, provoking and disappointing his followers [...]

    16. Graham Greene’s 1960 novel, A Burnt-Out Case poses questions about the meaning of suffering, the penetration of fame, the pain of faith, and the impermanence of love and sex. A famous architect named Querry, buys a one-way ticket to Africa and then takes a boat up the Congo River to its very last stop, trying get as far away from his old life as he can. Amid loveless affairs and a celebrated but unsatisfying career, Querry has lost his belief in love and God and finds no pleasure in art or in [...]

    17. Wow, this book is amazing! I've always wanted to read Graham Greene, but never seemed to find the book or the time. This is another book I stumbled upon at The Strand bookstore and bought it for $2. I loved the movie version of "The End of the Affair." A Burnt-Out Case has familiar elements, especially a critique of Catholicism and hypocrisy of the faithful. It centers around a world-famous architect, Querry, who tries to live anonymously in a leper colony in Africa, run by Catholic priests and [...]

    18. The edition I read had an introduction by Graham Greene. (That introduction is found in THE COLLECTED EDITION.) The novel was first published in 1961. In the introduction, which I didn't read until I'd finished reading the novel itself, Greene addresses what he sees as a misapprehension, on the part of many readers, that this book is a renunciation of Catholicism. What this novel does do is detail the state of faith in various characters.Greene, above all, conveys experience, and, unlike many of [...]

    19. Graham Greene was a writer who put so much of himself - his thoughts and feelings, his inner conflicts, his desires and defeats - into his fiction, to such a degree that the end work is not only painful to read, due to the vulnerability of the emotions expressed, but impossible not to read. That said, A Burnt-Out-Case, a fast, compact book, feels more confessional than story. But what a story - a renowned architect, Querry, drained dry and numbed by society and success, tries to lose himself in [...]

    20. “The Superior with old-fashioned politeness ground out his cheroot, but Mme Rycker was no sooner seated than absent-mindedly he lit another. His desk was littered with hardware catalogues and scraps of paper on which he had made elaborate calculations that always came out differently, for he was a bad mathematician – multiplication with him was an elaborate form of addition and a series of subtractions would take the place of long division. One page of a catalogue was open at the picture of [...]

    21. Initially I thought that the novel would be a kind of mystery - the mystery of who Querry is, and was disappointed that we find this out rather quickly. I became a bit bored through the middle part of the book with his meditations on faith, love, success, vocation etc. The characters didn't interest me terribly through most of the novel, though I was somewhat compelled by interactions between Querry and Colin and Querry & Mme Rycker.I was also bothered by the setting (the Congo) being a kind [...]

    22. Once upon a time Querry was a famous architect renowned for his churches until one day he decided to be the least famous person at an African leper colony. Unfortunately for him even in the days before social media and cellphone cameras it was apparently hard to stay out of sight without the world eventually figuring it out. So let the circus commence!I have to preface this by saying I actually liked this book but boy does Greene wield the most subtle sledgehammer in existence in trying to make [...]

    23. My first exposure to Graham Green. I was intrigued because I had worked for a few months at a hospital in the Upper Congo (ROC) which cared for a number of lepers. This wasn't a gripping read and its themes were a little difficult to grasp beyond the upfront analogy between the condition of the main character and leprosy. But Graham Greene definitely has wisdom that makes this novel worthwhile. Here is when Doctor Collin is too fatigued to keep working. The feeling of the passage rings true to m [...]

    24. Greene apparently wrote this as a response to The Heart of the Matter, almost in fact as a rejection of the success of that plot-driven novel.For that reason it begins as a slow burn focusing on faith and the lack of it.Querry arrives at an African leper colony trying to escape his life as a successful architect - and as a serial womaniser. He has no intention of helping - he just wants to retreat from the world.He is the burnt out case - a term which refers to a leper who no longer has the acti [...]

    25. Graham Greene writes honestly about our human condition: our self-preserving lies, our doubts, our fears. This reflection can be sobering, illuminating, or confirming.In this book, Graham is exploring a man who wants to have lost his purpose in life. He's burnt out. He's seeking the furthest, darkest corner of the world to hide from everything he no longer believes in: God, civilization, love, wealth, and art. The trouble is that he cannot hide, but even worse, cannot disbelieve. The grace of Go [...]

    26. I really like this book. This book is Greene doing what he does best. It is the contrast of the jaded, questioning sinner who struggles to make sense of the God and the world versus the bombastic hypocrite who has it all figured out. I can't help but think that Deo Gratias represents an omni-present, quiet God who won't let go of Querry. And perhaps it was Deo Gratias that prayed for and saved Querry in the jungle that stormy night, and not the other way around. In the end, I believe that Parkin [...]

    27. Greene's writing is wonderfully dense, which deserves more than one reading to truly appreciate the different layers. We meet Querry whilst he has lost meaning in his life. Identified as a famous architect, his success has led many to put him on a pedestal. At this juncture he is an agnostic honest man: true to himself. Where does happiness come from? What are our secret motives? Do we feel self-important or self-righteous? Are we preoccupied 'cleansing the outside of the cup'? - I reference thi [...]

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