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The Power and the Glory (1940)

by Graham Greene

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In a poor, remote section of southern Mexico, the Red Shirts have taken control, God has been outlawed, and the priests have been systematically hunted down and killed. Now, the last priest strives to overcome physical and moral cowardice in order to find redemption. 240 pp.
  1. 10
    The Lawless Roads by Graham Greene (John_Vaughan)
    John_Vaughan: In 1938 Greene traveled throughout the south of Mexico and experienced first-hand the terror and corruption, The travel Book Lawless Roads is the basis for the novel Power and Glory.
  2. 10
    Silence by Shūsaku Endō (longway)
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    Getting to Know the General by Graham Greene (John_Vaughan)

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  archivomorero | Jun 25, 2022 |
Did not find readable Rithm slow to progress ( )
  morocharll | May 31, 2022 |
Slow to read, not very good ( )
  morocharll | May 31, 2022 |
The Power and the Glory eftir Graham Greene hefur af mörgum verið sögð vera hans besta saga. Hún er ein af kaþólsku bókunum hans þar sem hann gerir að umfjöllunarefni trú sína og glímu sögupersóna sinna við trú á almættið þrátt fyrir mótlæti og freistingar.
Sagan lýsir flótta prests undan yfirvöldum í Mexíkó eftir enn eina byltinguna en í þetta skiptið hafa byltingaröflin beint spjótum sínum að kirkjunni og ýmist flæma prestana á flótta eða taka þá af lífi. Þessi fer hins vegar huldu höfði og sinnir köllun sinni áfram þrátt fyrir að vera breyskur og láta oft hugfallast. Greene tekur á margvíslegum hugarvíl prestsins og sagan minnir að sumu leiti á Job þegar Guð lét reyna að trú hans.
Varð fyrir smá vonbrigðum með bókina. Fannst oft á tíðum trúarkrísurnar fyrirsjáanlegar og úrlausnirnar sömuleiðis en þrátt fyrir það kom sagan stundum á óvart. Fyrir þá hafa gaman af krísum og trúarpælingum þá er þetta hins vegar ágætis bók. ( )
  SkuliSael | Apr 28, 2022 |
A good book. Amazing writing, and it gets you thinking. Reminded me a lot of The Passenger which I read recently, which is about a jew stuck in Nazi Germany whilst this is about a Catholic priest stuck in Tabasco, Mexico in the 1930's during the Catholic purge. Same period of history same attempt to annihilate ideas... Interesting to read them side by side. ( )
  jvgravy | Dec 8, 2021 |
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This is the story Greene was born to tell. With this novel, Greene brings all his considerable talent, craft, and gift for suspense to bear on a story that penetrates the heart of one tortured man’s mystery. For all its darkness and intensity, it’s a thrilling, page-turning read: the story is structured essentially as an extended chase across the barren landscape of Mexico—mirroring the even vaster desert spaces in the heart of the pursued Priest. Greene evokes the heat and dust and sweat of the country and its inhabitants with cinematic immediacy. The atmosphere is stifling, almost unbearably intense, and Greene’s capacity for storytelling invention never flags.


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Greene, GrahamAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alexander, Carolsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Aulicino, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Žantovská, HanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Camero, FabioNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Conn, Peter J.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grandfield, GeoffIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gross, GeorgeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heuvelmans, TonAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hogarth, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lewis, R. W. B.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lindegren, ErikTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lyall, DennisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Magd, VezaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mauriac, FrançoisForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mayes, BernardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Puchwein, WaltherTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sachs, AndrewNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Santamaría, JuanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schaap. H.W.J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Springer, KätheTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Vargas Llosa, Mariosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Th' inclosure narrow'd; the sagacious power
Of hounds and death drew nearer every hour.
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To Vivien with dearest love
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Mr Tench went out to look for his ether cylinder, into the blazing Mexican sun and the bleaching dust.
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In a poor, remote section of southern Mexico, the Red Shirts have taken control, God has been outlawed, and the priests have been systematically hunted down and killed. Now, the last priest strives to overcome physical and moral cowardice in order to find redemption. 240 pp.

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During a vicious persecution of the clergy in Mexico, a worldly priest, the 'whisky priest', is on the run. With the police closing in, his routes of escape are being shut off, his chances getting fewer. But compassion and humanity force him along the road to his destiny, reluctant to abandon those who need him, and those he cares for.
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