Graham Greene and Donnie Darko

The Portable Graham Greene, ed. Philip Stratford. I haven’t read a single story in this beautiful Viking Portable Library edition, save “The Destructors,” (full text here) (sorry, the page is no longer up [3/07]. Ed.) which I only read because it was referenced in one of my favorite movies, Donnie Darko.

I found this one in another teacher’s classroom. My uncle Lee had just given me a copy of Greene’s The Quiet American, which I finished in a weekend; it’s a slim, spare novel, and I enjoyed it quite a bit, despite the fact that Brendan Fraser was on the cover (the book was re-released to coincide with a film adaptation that I never saw). Anyway, I’d just read TQA, and I saw this beautiful Viking Portable Library edition (I’m a big fan of VPL), so I surreptitiously absconded with it only to never read it. A meaningless theft?

Anyway, last year a new director’s cut of Donnie Darko came out; the wife and I saw it at the San Marco Theater, I was reminded of the book, and read “The Destructors.” “The Destructors” is a simple story about a teenage gang that destroys a beautiful old house from the inside to the outside. “The Destructors” functions as an abyss structure or reading rule that informs the text-proper of Donnie Darko (it’s assigned reading from an English teacher). If you’re a fan of this movie (and if you’re not, why not?!) check out this story; it’s short and to the point. Flipping through it again, I realize that I should probably put The Portable Graham Greene back on the “To Read” stack.

If you haven’t seen Donnie Darko, enjoy the following review courtesy The Comic Critic.

7 thoughts on “Graham Greene and Donnie Darko”

  1. What where you thinking when you gave Donnie Darko only a 9 it is by far the best movie ever to be released ever… EVER

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  2. Since you’re addressing this blog Raven, I assume you may have confused me with the author of the movie review, Mark Monlux AKA The Comic Critic. Mr. Monlux does a great job with his reviews, and deserves all credit/disagreements. I don’t really rate movies on a 1-10 scale, but I would say Donnie Darko is a solid 10 in the theater, a 9 at home on DVD when viewed after midnight, and a solid 8 the morning after a hangover. I’ve never seen it on TV, but I’d guess it would be a 7.5.

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  3. “I would say Donnie Darko is a solid 10 in the theater, a 9 at home on DVD when viewed after midnight, and a solid 8 the morning after a hangover. I’ve never seen it on TV, but I’d guess it would be a 7.5.”

    yeah. thats pretty true…except i wasn’t really old enough to watch it in theaters at the time…(it came out around 2001 i think…) and id never really seen it in the morning hungover but i expect it’d be about an 8

    funny i’d never really thought of it that way.

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  4. Is Darko really that great? I remember thinking (when I saw it many years ago) it was Lynch Lite, but maybe I need to rewatch. Which version is best (original or expanded/director’s cut)? I heard the expanded cut explains too much.

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  5. Once its a 10, why would you go backwards in number? Unless the movie has been downgraded over time. That would be the only reason (in my opinion) to downgrade.

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