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Sunday, 12 February 2017

The Tenth Man

The Tenth Man by Graham Greene

Chavel is in a german prison, in WW2. Every tenth man must be shot, so the prisoners draw lots. When Chavel is chosen, his life turns upside down.

You know, I always thought that classics were boring, yet I have been proven wrong by the first two books this month. The Tenth Man may not have been a psychological thriller or an action packed adventure story, in fact it was quite plain, yet a good type of plain. Most of the book takes place in Chavels old house, which seems strange at first, because we are used to jumping around from place to place. Also, there are very few characters and the story is very short. What was pulled off rather well was that only the beginning was set in the war, most of it was set after it, yet the actual book was written in 1944, a year before the war ended. The amazing thing is that you could mistake it for a book that was written in the 1980's, thirty five years after the war had ended. It is as if Graham Greene has seen the future.

I am going to give it a 9/10
And an age rating of 12+