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Description - Loser Takes All by Graham Greene

Bertram had no belief in luck. He was not superstitious. A conspicuously unsuccessful assistant accountant, he was planning to get married for the second time. Quite quietly: St Luke's, Maida Hill, and then two weeks in Bournemouth. But Dreuther, a director of Bertram's firm, whimsically switches wedding and honeymoon to Monte Carlo. Inevitably Bertram visits the Casino. Inevitably he loses. Then suddenly his system starts working . . . For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140185423
ISBN-10: 0140185429
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 128mm x 7mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 25-Mar-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Loser Takes All by Graham Greene

UK Kirkus Review » Bertram had no belief in luck. An unsuccessful assistant accountant, he was planning to get married for the second time - quietly. But Dreuther, a dircetor of Bertram's firm, whimsically switches the honeymoon to Monte Carlo. Here Bertram's gambling system works - changing his life. Greene categorised Loser Takes All as one of his 'entertainments.' (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » Based on a shooting script (as was The Fallen Idol a few years ago) this is one of the works Greene has tagged as "entertainments". And as he also refers to it as a "frivolity" and has not expanded it to much more than a long short story- it is one of the lightest and slightest of these. This is not however to minimize its expertise- however trivial the object of its application. The story concerns Bartram, an accountant for the powerful and unreliable and enigmatic Dreuther who persuades him to get married in Monte Carlo- rather than Bournemouth- where Dreuther will pick up the honeymoon couple on his yacht. Forgotten by Dreuther, and fundless, Bartram works up a system to beat the bank- and in so doing- devoting all his time to the tables- loses his grip on his bride. Finally as Dreuther appears and acts in an advisory capacity, Bartram throws away his millions to regain his wife..... A pleasant diversion- and at this price- anybody can play. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Graham Greene

Graham Greene (1904-1991), whose long life nearly spanned the length of the twentieth century, was one of its greatest novelists. Educated at Berkhamsted School and Balliol College, Oxford, he started his career as a sub-editor of The Times of London. He began to attract notice as a novelist with his fourth book, Orient Express, in 1932. In 1935, he trekked across northern Liberia, his first experience in Africa, recounted in A Journey Without Maps (1936). He converted to Catholicism in 1926, an edifying decision, and reported on religious persecution in Mexico in 1938 in The Lawless Roads, which served as a background for his famous The Power and the Glory, one of several "Catholic" novels (Brighton Rock, The Heart of the Matter, The End of the Affair). During the war he worked for the British secret service in Sierra Leone; afterward, he began wide-ranging travels as a journalist, which were reflected in novels such as The Quiet American, Our Man in Havana, The Comedians, Travels with My Aunt, The Honorary Consul, The Human Factor, Monsignor Quixote, and The Captain and the Enemy. In addition to his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, two books of autobiography--A Sort of Life and Ways of Escape--two biographies, and four books for children. He also contributed hundreds of essays and film and book reviews to The Spectator and other journals, many of which appear in the late collection Reflections. Most of his novels have been filmed, including The Third Man, which the author first wrote as a film treatment. Graham Greene was named Companion of Honour and received the Order of Merit among numerous other awards.

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