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On the verge of reaching a safer region, the whisky priest is repeatedly held back by his vocation, even though he no longer feels fit to perform his rites: "When he was gone it would be as if God in all this space between the sea and the mountains ceased to exist. Wasn't it his duty to stay, even if they despised him, even if they were murdered for his sake? even if they were corrupted by his example?"
As his sins and dangers increase, the broken priest comes to confront the nature of piety and love. Still, when he is granted a reprieve, he feels himself sliding into the old arrogance, slipping it on like the black gloves he used to wear. Greene has drawn this man--and all he encounters--vividly and viscerally. He may have said The Power and the Glory was "written to a thesis," but this brilliant theological thriller has far more mysteries--and troubling ideals--than certainties. --Joannie Kervran Stangeland --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The characterizations of all of the characters really carry the novel.
Superficially, it is about government oppression and man's inhumanity to man; more specifically, it is about love and its dual power to transform and destroy.
I will, however, simply say that I found myself very frustrated throughout the reading.
What is a Catholic novel? Our priests and teachers have told us again and again how wonderful this novel is, a truly great Catholic novel. Read morePublished 14 days ago by N. Ravitch
I'm a "Lapsed Catholic" - not really ever a Catholic - my parents apparently thought I should be. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Gunning
The very best books are those that are most difficult for me to review--it is difficult to avoid sliding into the clichéd descriptions that too often are attached to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bryan Byrd
I thought that I would try a 20th century author and Greene came to mind. The Power and The Glory was rated as his best. I was disappointed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nigel C. Bradley