- Life: He was born in 1904 and died in 1991.
1926 → conversion to Catholicism.
He was a very prolific novelist, he wrote about 30 novels, he wrote also plays, essay about criticism and travel novel.
Topic novelist: he is interested in the events of the moment when he lives, so different subjects (2^ World War, Vietnam War)
- Themes: The main theme is the exploring of human nature, he presents the inner world of his character, in particular there is a group of novels, called “religious novels”. In this novels he presents characters facing existential problems because they confront themselves with the issues of Catholicism and they make choices in contrast with their human desires. They also have personal responsibility, because their choices have consequences on other persons.
- Style: There is no sperimentalism. There is realism, because the novels are clearly understood by the reader. The narration is given by different voices, so we have different points of view of reality. There are partial interpretations of reality and also the reader is involved in giving his own interpretation. The time of the narration is not chronological, but there are a lot of flash-backs and digressions.
- The plot: After the Second World War Maurice Bendrix, a novelist, meets the husband of his lover Sarah. Henry, the husband, is worried about Sarah thinking she has a new lover. They hire a detective to investigate, in the mean while as Maurice still in love with Sarah, he remembers their past love affair and the end of it. The detective find Sarah’s diary and give it to Maurice. So the end of the love story is told through Sarah’s eyes.
Sarah made a promise to God, asking him to save Maurice in changing of stopping their love relationship and she is maintaining faithful to the vote. Sarah is ill, she died for pheumanjal. In the end Henry and Maurice make stronger their friendship.
- The characters:
Maurice: He is a man in trouble, because he is still in love with Sarah, he is jealous and he hates everybody, Sarah, Henry and God. He remains unresolved.
Sarah: She is in trouble too, because isn’t easy for her to remain faithful to the vote. She still loves Maurice and she lives in agony. Her choice in painful but, as she has the Faith, she is sure that she made the right choice. So in the novel is compared with a saint and Mary Magdalene. In the end the interpretation is open and the reader can elaborate his personal view point idea.