GREENE, Graham. Travels With My Aunt. London: The Bodley Head, 1969.
8vo., original dark green publisher's cloth, backstrip lettered in gilt; in the original unclipped dust wrapper (30s net) designed by Stephen Russ; pp. [viii], 9-319, [i]; a lovely copy in very good jacket, with some light shelfwear.
Despite adaptations on screen and stage, Travels with My Aunt remains one of Greene's lesser advertised novels. Though Travels deviated from the strong religious theme that permeates some of his more popular work, it posits many questions about secular morality, and the nature of commitment or devotion. Primarily, however, it remains a compelling story more than anything else. Henry, a retired bank manager, is whisked off on a series of dubious adventures by his charming yet utterly amoral Aunt Augusta. Cue a series of alarming revelations about Augusta's decadent past, and the journey is underway. Due to the somewhat unbelievable nature of the events that unfold over the course of the novel, on occasion it takes on a darkly humourous tone that is notably absent from many of Greene's more popular endeavours.