"I met Aunt Augusta for the first time at my mother's funeral..."
Described by Graham Greene as "the only book I have written just for the fun of it," Travels with My Aunt is the story of Hanry Pulling, a retired and complacent bank manager who meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time at what he supposes to be his mother's funeral. She soon persuades Henry to abandon his dull suburban existence to travel her way—winding through Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, and Paraguay. Through Aunt Augusta, one of Greene's greatest comic creations, Henry joins a shiftless, twilight society; mixes with hippies, war criminals, and CIA men; smokes pot; and breaks all currency regulations.
Originally published in 1969, Travels with My Aunt offers intoxicating entertainment, yet also confronts some of the most perplexing human dilemmas.
What a delightful read, thoroughly enjoyed the book!
An extraordinary story, in turns flippant and humorous, I found it strangely moving. Mr Pooter takes his diary to a different country and wades his way through vice and corruption, seeing beauty beyond those subjective descriptions.
Aunt Agatha, like another fictional Aunt Agatha, isn’t a gentleman!