The Honorary Consul

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Random House, Oct 2, 2010 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Charley Fortnum is the 'Honorary Consul', a whisky-sodden figure of dubious authority taken by a group of rebels. As Eduardo Plarr, a local doctor, negotiates with revolutionaries and the authorities for Fortnum's release, the corruption of both becomes evident. In this spare, tense novel, Graham Greene explores the morality of a political system that turns priests into killers.

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User Review  - kerns222 - LibraryThing

Greene picks from a menu of stereotypes: hard drinking ex-pat, cynical doctor, whore who marries, son of wealth who becomes a priest who becomes a guerrilla, and the fuddled British and no-nonsense ... Read full review

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User Review  - randalrh - LibraryThing

Typical Greene--those with talents squander them, those without talent muddle through, pseudo-innocents are caught up in crossfire, and a pervasive organized oppression is inescapable. Why do I like them so much? Moments of humanity and inspiration, I suppose. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Graham Greene was born in 1904. He worked as a journalist and critic, and in 1940 became literary editor of the Spectator. He was later employed by the Foreign Office. As well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, three books of autobiography, two of biography and four books for children. He also wrote hundreds of essays, and film and book reviews. Graham Greene was a member of the Order of Merit and a Companion of Honour. He died in April 1991.

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