Greene said in his autobiographic book Ways of Escape (2007, p.9) 'Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in the human situation. '
In a previous autobiography, A Sort of Life (1999, p.9), which closes at Greene 's 27 years of age, he wonders again about the reasons for his writing. 'And the motive for recording these scraps of the past? It is much the same motive that has made me a novelist: a desire to reduce a chaos of experience to some sort of order, and a hungry curiosity. '
In the book Mi Vida con Graham Greene. En Busca de un Comienzo (2006), Yvonne
Cloetta mentions that Graham once had told her how he had escaped from a torturing past, by writing about it. He even added that if it had not been for his torturers, Carter and Watson, he would not have become a writer. This leads to the general, recurrent idea about Graham Greene that he had had episodes of unhappiness during childhood, and that this fact had influenced his entire life.
Diving into his childhood one can come to some logical conclusions. Greene describes his first 13 years of life as extremely happy ones, on the whole. His father, Charles
Greene, was a housemaster and later a headmaster of St, John 's School in Berkhamsted,
Hertfordshire. His mother, Marion Raymond Greene, was his father 's cousin and belonged to a family who had made its fortune from brewing and Brazilian coffee.
There were 17 Greenes, counting among aunts, uncles and cousins, living in a small population, and at some occasions during the year, they could add up to 25.
He remembers his parents ' marriage as a very happy one, and together with his six brothers and sisters he enjoyed a sort of idyllic old days. As they lived in the school 's premises, they had access to so many books, which pleased him so much. There were
Bibliography: • Cloetta, Y. (2006) Mi Vida con Graham Greene. En busca de un comienzo.