May We Borrow Your Husband? and Other Comedies of the Sexual Life

Author William Harris is spending the fag-end of the season at Antibes finishing his first attempt at historical biography, but he becomes more and more interested and involved in the antics of two homosexual interior decorators intent on stealing Poopy Travis's honeymoon husband. Which leaves him free to fall in love with Poopy himself. A widow and a divorcee tipsily discuss the inadequacy of men, deciding that women have much more to offer each other by way of variety in sexual love. A wife holidays alone in Jamaica's cheap season idly hoping for excitement but finding the only man she can have an affair with is far too old and frightened of the dark.. Affairs, obsessions, grand passions and tiny ardours this collection contains some of Greene's saddest observations on the hilarity of sex.

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By Scoats (Philadelphia, PA) · ★★★☆☆ · February 25, 2015
Mid 20th century "Comedies of the Sexual Life" by an Englishman. I've been dragged to enough community theater to loathe "English sex farce". So I was leery. But the book was on my shelf so it was getting read, at least some of it.

The title sucked me right in. The narrator of that story is an la... ...more
By Wendy (Oxford, K2, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★☆ · July 16, 2014
Love Greene's writing - so sparing yet so evocative. Stories end by make you stop and think - rather than just get neatly tied up. Episodic snatches of life...in its many forms - from "gay" Antibes to an 1890s drinking den. Such lightness of touch.
Wanted to edit the multiple uses of the same adje... ...more
By George (Vancouver, BC, Canada) · ★★★☆☆ · May 05, 2014
I'm calling this "gay" because the title story (the longest in the collection) and a few others have gay characters. Of course, we don't see these characters from inside, only from the POV of others (ie, someone refers to "those nancies").

I usually rail against stories which suffer from the "undi... ...more
By Linda (Morgantown, WV) · ★★★☆☆ · June 20, 2014
Little volume of clever short stories with mostly gay characters. Some character studies, some are funny, and one is macabre. The British slang terms and French phrases were sometimes difficult for me. A nice read. ...more
By Elizabeth (Edinburgh, U8, The United Kingdom) · August 20, 2008
I really do like Graham Green and need to read more. This, returning to Scottish rain after five weeks of sun and wind "from Cape Cod to the Pacific Palisades" (LITERALLY, for me, although that is lifted straight from the text of "Cheap in August") is just SO apt, though it was published 40 years... ...more
By Chris (The United States) · ★★★★★ · September 21, 2014
some of the stories, like the invisible japanese gentlemen, have stuck with me for years. and some memorable turns of phrase like in the title story. ...more
By Joe (Kathmandu, Nepal) · ★★☆☆☆ · January 02, 2014
I generally enjoy Graham Greene's novels, although it normally takes a few chapters for me to warm up to them. In this case, a collection of unrelated short stories, I never had the chance to do that. Some of the stories were very good, some were poor and some were hard to understand, so I'm not... ...more
By Alex (London, The United Kingdom) · April 11, 2012
At times, the main pleasure here is the slightly cruel one of seeing a great writer cope outside his era - though even then, even if all his gays are either Kenneth Williams or American hardbodies, Greene always has enough core understanding of humanity never to lapse into the pettish Littlejohni... ...more
By Sarah (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · March 27, 2011
it definately wasn't what i expected but i took it on a trip and it served it's purpose. i was actually interested in these stories which i wouldn't usually be into. i am into "the weirder the better" kinda books. when i bought this one i thought it would fit that category to a T. it was a differ... ...more
By Myles (Rochester, NY) · ★★★☆☆ · January 05, 2014
(3.4/5.0) Some great stories-- the title piece and those with psycho ex girlfriends come to mind; the rest aren't so great; they're all a little obvious. Recommended for fans of old, incredibly British men reflecting on their lives with melancholy. ...more