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The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

The Power and the Glory - John Updike, Graham Greene
bookshelves: fraudio, published-1940, autumn-2014, mexico, tbr-busting-2014, religion, roman-catholic, classic
Recommended for: Broken Tune
Read from November 17 to 18, 2014


Description: 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.

Bernard Mayes reads.

A man, not much more than priest 'in covert name only', wanders through Mexico in time of violent upheaval, and being dogged in his tracks by a sadistic red shirt who wants to rid the country of this last priest.

An overt parable of a man wandering in the wilderness in guilt and misery peculiar to this brand of religion, and the ending was particularly heavy-handed symbolism that nothing will stop the RC church - cut one down and another will come in his place. Placing all this uneasiness to one side, the writing and character building was first class, and I did enjoy the journey.

It was quick and the characters were described so well that if I had pastels and charcoals then I could sketch and approximation of the whiskey priest as he internally wrangles the question of cowardice versus the need for atonement.

I shall have a little break from Greeneland, the subject matter rather stuck in the craw.

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