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I’ve now read four short stories by Graham Greene and his novel, The Power and the Glory. I guess when it comes to works of literature, four out of five isn’t too bad.
As I drew the Seven of Spades this week, I looked forward to another story by Graham Greene, “Alas, Poor Maling”. But, alas, I didn’t find it anywhere near as appealing as the other Greene works I’ve read.
Maling suffers from a peculiar stomach ailment. As he hears music throughout the day, his stomach picks it up (records it, if you will) and plays it at inopportune times. When I say “music”, I mean real music…like the Brandenburg Concerto. This causes some rather uncomfortable moments at places like the theater. The story takes place in 1940 London and Maling’s stomach has the audacity to mimic the tone of the air raid siren causing havoc in his business meetings.
The only reason I haven’t completely dismissed the story is the dry British wit with which Greene writes. For a few moments, that was worth a small chuckle; however, mostly, I just scratched my head.