Brighton Rock


Graham Greene

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Flowers and Dolls

It’s no coincidence that the primary female character in this novel is named Rose, or that Ida Arnold’s nickname is Lily. To Pinkie, women are not fully human. They are flowers or dolls…

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Pinkie fancies himself heartless and hard, and he does often act very much like a man without a conscience. Music is the only thing that can pierce Pinkie’s carefully constructed armor, reminding him that he…

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Clocks and Watches

The killing of Charles Hale requires not only cunning and cleverness on the part of Pinkie and his men, but good timing. In order to cover their tracks, it’s necessary that Hale’s death appear to…

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