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The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

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"This is a record of hate far more than of love," writes Maurice Bendrix in the opening passages of this novel, and it is a strange hate indeed that compels him to set down the retrospective account of his adulterous affair with Sarah Miles - a hate bred of a passion that ultimately lost out to God. Now, a year after Sarah's death, Bendrix seeks to exorcise the persistence of passion by retracing its course from obsessive love to love-hate. At the start he believes he hates Sarah and her husband, Henry. By the end of the book, Bendrix's hatred has shifted to the God he feels has broken his life but whose existence he has at last come to recognize.