Seventeen-year-old Pinkie Brown, malign and ruthless, has killed a man. Believing he can escape retribution, he is unprepared for the courageous, life-embracing Ida Arnold.
Greene's gripping thriller exposes a world of loneliness and fear, of life lived on the 'dangerous edge of things'.
'Brighton Rock' has twice been adapted for film. Richard Attenborough starred as Pinkie in the 1947 version, with Sam Riley and Helen Mirren starring in the 2010 release.
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Samuel West reads Graham Greene's classic gang war thriller - complete and unabridged.
Originally written in 1938, Brighton Rock is one of Graham Greene’s most successful novels. This classic tale has been adapted for film twice, most recently in 2010, and continues to remain relevant today. Brighton is the setting for this tense thriller that exposes the seedy criminal underworld of the 1930s, following teenage gangster Pinkie as he attempts to deal with the consequences of a murder he has committed.
In trying to cover his tracks he ends up doing more harm than good, and it becomes increasingly clear that he hadn’t factored in the relentless efforts of the refreshingly upbeat Ida Arnold to right the wrongs that he has carried out. Whether Pinkie’s come-uppance will ultimately be delivered by God or at the hands of Ida and others who were close to the murder victim is one of the central themes throughout this compelling novel.
As a violent man comes to terms with his deeds, this tale of morality set against the backdrop of a surprisingly violent era of gang warfare is as captivating today as it was when it was first released. Brighton Rock is considered to be a classic of its genre and one of Greene’s finest works, and this reading of it available either as a CD or MP3 audiobook promises to entertain.