The Power and the Glory

The Power and the Glory

Book - 2003
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"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.
For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2003
ISBN: 9780142437308
Characteristics: xii, 221 p. ; 20 cm


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Jan 07, 2020

" A Christian parable pitting God and religion against twentieth-century materialism."

Mar 04, 2019

I know this is supposed to be his masterpiece, but now it seems impossibly dated. Neither of the two antagonists seems as real as the people who inhabit the other novels. It's still Greene though so it's still worth reading

Aug 14, 2018

Another amazing by Graham Greene. This is a powerful read and I highly recommend.

Jul 16, 2017

This dark story isn't an easy read. It was based on the Mexican state of Tabasco's anti-church campaign in the 1930s. Various characters in the book - the protagonist aka the "whiskey priest", another Catholic priest, the police lieutenant, the pious woman, etc. face hardships and moral dilemmas. The characters react differently and the reader will reflect on : What does having faith mean? How is a person "saved"? Who is/isn't a righteous person? It was controversial when published in 1940 and later made into a film called "The Fugitive" starring Henry Fonda.


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Aug 16, 2012

Hate is a lack of imagination


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