Talk:The Green Man (Amis novel)

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Removal of "needs infobox" tag[edit]

This article has had its infobox tag removed by a cleanup using AWB. Any concerns please leave me a message at my talk page. RWardy 06:26, 12 September 2007 (UTC)


Identity of the "Suave Young Man"[edit]

The article states:

He finds himself in the presence of a young, suave man who it comes to be understood is God himself.

Understood by whom? It was my personal (and strong) "understanding" that the "suave young man" was Death, not God as the article states. Since the identity of the "suave young man" is nowhere explicitly nor implicitly linked to a specific persona, the possible identities of the "suave young man" should be addressed in the article, as the identification of the "suave young man" as God is a reflection of the article's author's opinion. oedipus (talk) 01:25, 31 July 2011 (UTC)

He's God. Amis doesn't immediately make this clear to the reader, but Maurice just knows; hence the conversation turns to omnipotence ("You make the rules don't you?"), omniscience ("Surely you know? Whether I will or not?"), & the problem of evil ("[...] I think how hard you can be on people who couldn't possibly have done anything to offend you."). Later the identity of the young man is confirmed as God the Father ("I don't mean go & listen to the posturing idiot Sonnenschein making me out to be a sort of suburban Mao-Tse-tung.") & God the Son ("Is it you? I mean the...[figure of Christ on the crucifix]" "Oh yes. A piece of me."). Death, as suggested by the transiently skeletal hand, is one of His "aspects", He explains. His rather repellant character is keeping with Amis's misotheism. Scortchi (talk) 21:32, 15 September 2011 (UTC)

Or perhaps he's the Demiurge. Scortchi (talk) 21:34, 15 September 2011 (UTC)

1946 Harold Sherman novel[edit]

The earlier novel is also covered in the author article, but all told the primary of The Green Man seems to be the Green Man himself. In ictu oculi (talk) 19:26, 7 April 2015 (UTC)

Plot inconsistency[edit]

The plot refers to Underhill's wife, but fellows of Cambridge colleges were, until the 19th? century, required to be unmarried. Xxanthippe (talk) 07:33, 25 April 2015 (UTC).