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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.
Many other interesting characters in this book well worth reading about.
I first read this book many years ago as a high school text. I didn't fully appreciate it then but the memory of it remained and I always wanted to reread it. Read morePublished 24 days ago by david
A difficult book to get into...slow and dark, with a rather blah main character, a whiskey priest on the run from the government. Read morePublished 26 days ago by novelist
A powerful story of a man who constantly struggles with why he has been called to be a priest since his human weaknesses are so evident to himself and others, yet who moves... Read morePublished 1 month ago by William G. Heck
After many years I am re-reading Graham Greene. This is an interesting analysis of what makes a good life, how we think about faith (and lack of faith), how we reflect on... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Teri
Latin America is often perceived as such a devout Roman Catholic region that perhaps few people are aware that early 20th-century Mexico went through an anticlerical regime that... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Christopher Culver
Simply the best story about what lies ahead when faith is abandoned. Bleak, powerful, honest writing at its best. Greene's best work in my view.Published 2 months ago by Great Silence