The Power and the Glory

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Penguin, 1990 - Fiction - 221 pages
474 Reviews
"Graham Greene's masterpiece" --John Updike)
In a poor, remote section of Southern Mexico, the paramilitary group, the Red Shirts have taken control. God has been outlawed, and the priests have been systematically hunted down and killed. Now, the last priest is on the run. Too human for heroism, too humble for martyrdom, the nameless little worldly "whiskey priest" is nevertheless impelled toward his squalid Calvary as much by his own compassion for humanity as by the efforts of his pursuers.
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Great prose and technique. - LibraryThing
Good plot and filled with quibbles on theology. - LibraryThing
I'm always in awe of Graham Greene's writing. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Whitney - Goodreads

This actually was a pretty good book. The beginning was slow but once you get to part 2 and 3 it really picks up. I never learned about the laws against Catholic priests in Mexico in the early 1900's so I'm really glad that I got to read this for school. Read full review

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User Review  - David Tomlinson - Goodreads

Because we are all the whisky priest. Like the priest, like all of us, this story has a soul. Read full review

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Contents

PART ONE
7
THE CAPITAL
19
THE RIVER
30
THE BYSTANDERS
45
PART TWO
59
Chapter 2
103
Chapter 3
122
Chapter 4
140
PART THREE
161
Chapter 2
183
Chapter 3
190
Chapter 4
202
PART FOUR
211
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About the author (1990)

Graham Greene (1904-1991), whose long life nearly spanned the length of the twentieth century, was one of its greatest novelists. Educated at Berkhamsted School and Balliol College, Oxford, he started his career as a sub-editor of the London Times He began to attract notice as a novelist with his fourth book, Orient Express in 1932. In 1935, he trekked across northern Liberia, his first experience in Africa, told in A Journey Without Maps (1936). He converted to Catholicism in 1926, an edifying decision, and reported on religious persecution in Mexico in 1938 in The Lawless Roads which served as a background for his famous The Power and the Glory, one of several “Catholic” novels (Brighton Rock The Heart of the Matter The End of the Affair ). During the war he worked for the British secret service in Sierra Leone; afterward, he began wide-ranging travels as a journalist, which were reflected in novels such as The Quiet American Our Man in Havana The Comedians Travels with My Aunt The Honorary Consul The Human Factor Monsignor Quixote and The Captain and the Enemy As well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, two books of autobiography, A Sort of Life and Ways of Escape, two biographies, and four books for children. He also contributed hundreds of essays and film and book reviews to The Spectator and other journals, many of which appear in the late collection Reflections Most of his novels have been filmed, including The Third Man, which the author first wrote as a film treatment. Graham Greene was named Companion of Honour and received the Order of Merit among numerous other awards.

John Updike author of Rabbit, Run and other celebrated works, is a preeminent American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet.


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