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The Third Man

The Third Man
Author: Graham Greene
ISBN 13: 9780140286823
ISBN 10: 140286829
Edition: 50th Anniversary ed.
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 1999-05-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
List Price: $15.00

A Penguin Official Movie Tie-in Edition

Set in the ruins of post-war Vienna, Greene's riveting tale follows a hack writer's investigation into the mysterious death of his childhood friend. Directed by Carol Reed, and starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, and Alida Valli, The Third Man was voted one of the 100 Best American Films of all time by the American Film Institute.

Library Journal

Greene's novella, or "entertainment," was written in 1950 as a sort of preliminary draft for a screenplay and was not actually intended to stand alone as a written work. The motion picture, stated Greene, is better than the story because it is the story in its finished state, and it is the film, starring Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles, that most people will remember. This audiobook, however, brings the story to life very effectively, with all its suspense, odd turns of plot, and intriguing characters placed in the powerful setting of post-World War II Vienna. Murder, racketeering, mystery, and subterfuge combine for a compelling tale that is simple, economical, concise, and very satisfying. Reader Martin Jarvis communicates the mood and pace with intensity and skill and good character differentiation. Chapter breaks and side ends are marked musically by, what else, the famous zither-performed theme song. The story, complete on two cassettes, will please patrons who prefer a shorter commitment. Recommended for all popular collections.--Harriet Edwards, East Meadow P.L., NY