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on February 7, 2017
In these days of movie secret agents like James Bond and Jason Bourne, it's easy to forget that in reality, a good deal of secret agent business is rather low key. How would an agent who makes all that noise ever keep anything secret? Graham Greene's quiet, vulnerable agent D is just the kind of character who reminds us how this game really works. D is quiet, vulnerable and doesn't even know how to fight. His mission? To assassinate a head of state? To steal papers from an impenetrable fortress? No, it's to negotiate a coal contract for his country. Like Joseph Conrad's "Secret Agent", Graham Greene gives us a less glamorous take on the spy business, and reminds us that in war, even when one wins, it's possible to be also losing.
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on June 29, 2014
Charles Boyer and Lauren Bacall play the leads with super supporting cast.
The movie does justice and even enhances Greene's supreme cynicism.
Greene describes the book as an 'entertainment.' Wish there were more
of the same about. Every page carries classy introspection. We must give thanks for the
success of this book as it kept him in shekels as he was endeavoring to support his wife and kids
as a struggling young author and allowed him time to write "The Power and the Glory".
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on June 26, 2013
Graham Greene rated his own novels. Some he listed as novels and others as "entertainments". The Confidential Agent is an entertainment and not really worth the time required to read it.
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