The Angle

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In lieu of an abstract, below is the essay's first paragraph.

"It has been said that the history of man could be written as a history of the alienation of man. What cloudy, disturbing vision lies at the back of our minds that tells of a better world, a primeval paradise from which we have all been separated? Graham Greene realizes, perhaps more intensely than any other contemporary novelist, that man, made for a more perfect world, is born with a constitutional dissatisfaction for this one. The characters in his novels are always isolated, bewildered by the immense complexity of a civilization for which they have little sympathy, and which they can scarcely comprehend. Pinkie, the boy gangster in Brighton Rock, is "shaken with a sense of loneliness, an awful lack of understanding," and this comment could be made of each individual who shuffles through the author's pages."

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