ONE OF FIVE NEW VINTAGE FUTURE CLASSIC READING GUIDE EDITIONS 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 ...
ONE OF FIVE NEW VINTAGE FUTURE CLASSIC READING GUIDE EDITIONS 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.
New. One could read many histories of the Catholic Church and not approach the individual and communal vision one can reading the novels of Graham Greene. The Power and the Glory, a gem among his many gems, follows an unforgettable yet nameless character--the Whiskey Priest--as he runs from arrest and certain death during an ecclesial purge in Mexico. What shines through this dusty landscape and its dusty souls (''There are good priests and bad priests, '' the priest explains. ''It is just that I am a bad priest. '') is not theology, per se, but theoria, a glimpse beyond the scrim of this world that somehow survives all darkness. How well does the debauched priest understand what pursues him? ''A man like me would run a mile to get away if he felt that love around. '' 240 pp.
It is Graham Greene, what else can I say? This book is one for the ages -- and says volumes about the nature of human beings.
Jun 22, 2007
The Power and the Glory is the story of a lax priest working in Mexico in the ?30s. This is a very dark tale full of disillusions, addictions, and slavery to sin. Ending with the main character dying outside the Faith after seeing nothing but weak religion, false priests, and a lost people, it is truly a depressing read.
May 1, 2007
everyone should read this book!
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.
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