Every once in a while I see The Man Within
on my Goodreads "read" shelf sitting all but entirely on its own and I think I ought to give it more Graham Greene friends.
I read this about 20 years ago and my recollection of its minute details are quite vague, but one thing I do recall clearly is that the book itself is quite vague. The feeling of its utter starkness oppressed me then and sticks with me to this day. But I'll have a crack at a brief summary...
There is a villain, naturally
our hero in the story, who has betrayed his cohorts and is on the lamb. A woman takes him in and shows him the righteous path, and gets killed for her kindness. In the end a selfless act redeems our hero in a most Sydney Carton way.
The story stays pretty linear. Its scope is narrow. The details are sparse. The Man Within
is a baby step of a book. You can see Greene feeling his way as a new writer.