The Power and the Glory (Vintage Classics): xii

The Power and the Glory (Vintage Classics): xii

by Graham Greene (Author), Graham Greene (Author), John Updike (Introduction)


During a vicious persecution of the clergy in Mexico, a worldly priest, the 'whisky priest', is on the run. With the police closing in, his routes of escape are being shut off, his chances getting fewer. But compassion and humanity force him along the road to his destiny, reluctant to abandon those who need him, and those he cares for.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 220
Edition: 1
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Published: 01 Mar 2001

ISBN 10: 0099286092
ISBN 13: 9780099286097
Book Overview: 'Graham Greene's masterpiece' John Updike

Media Reviews
The most ingenious, inventive and exciting of our novelists, rich in exactly etched and moving portraits of real human beings -- V. S. Pritchett
The power and energy of his finest novel derive from the will toward compassion, and ideal communism even more Christian than Communism. Its unit is the individual, not any class -- John Updike
No serious writer of this century has more thoroughly invaded and shaped the public imagination than did Graham Greene * The Times *
Graham Greene had wit and grace and character and story and a transcendent universal compassion that places him for all time in the ranks of world literature * John Le Carre *
The Power Tnd The Glory's nameless whisky priest blends seamlessly with his tropical, crooked, anticlerical Mexico. Roman Catholicism is intrinsic to the character and terrain both; Greene's imaginative immersion in both is triumphant * John Updike *
Author Bio
Graham Greene was born in 1904. He worked as a journalist and critic, and in 1940 became literary editor of the Spectator. He was later employed by the Foreign Office. As well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, three books of autobiography, two of biography and four books for children. He also wrote hundreds of essays, and film and book reviews. Graham Greene was a member of the Order of Merit and a Companion of Honour. He died in April 1991.