everyone should read this book! May 1, 2007
Graham Greene was one of Britain's most important 20th century writers, and the reason is amply shown by this book. Greene's incredible descriptions of southern Mexico almost make you swat at mosquitos as you read. Through a cast of entirely believable characters and a horribly plausible plot he shows us how all acts, from the saintly to the most terrible, are perpetrated by human beings, with all their frailties and doubts. And most of the time these people act because they think they are doing right. I can't think of another book that tells this simple truth so well. Greene never preaches, and his plot builds suspense with the best of them, and makes for a satisfying read that just happens to have taught us something important at the same time.