Graham Greene The Power and the Glory

ISBN 13: 9780786241316

The Power and the Glory

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The Power and the Glory is considered Greene’s greatest novel. It is based on actual events in Mexico in 1926, when the revolutionary government of President Plutarco Elias Calles attempted to eradicate Roman Catholicism entirely. The worst persecutions occurred in the state of Tabasco, where Governor Tomas Canabal succeeded in driving every priest from his domain. Like many of Greene’s other works, it deals with religious themes, features a hunted man in a deplorable environment, and focuses on the inner spiritual struggles of a weak and sinful protagonist who is unable to live up to his ideals. He is painfully aware of his own sin, to a degree rarely found in human experience, let alone in literature. Through his personal struggles, he learns compassion for the sins and weaknesses of others, even to the extent of being able to minister to and forgive the worst of his persecutors and betrayers.

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How does good spoil, and how can bad be redeemed? In his penetrating novel The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene explores corruption and atonement through a priest and the people he encounters. In the 1930s one Mexican state has outlawed the Church, naming it a source of greed and debauchery. The priests have been rounded up and shot by firing squad--save one, the whisky priest. On the run, and in a blur of alcohol and fear, this outlaw meets a dentist, a banana farmer, and a village woman he knew six years earlier. For a while, he is accompanied by a toothless man--whom he refers to as his Judas and does his best to ditch. Always, an adamant lieutenant is only a few hours behind, determined to liberate his country from the evils of the church.

On the verge of reaching a safer region, the whisky priest is repeatedly held back by his vocation, even though he no longer feels fit to perform his rites: "When he was gone it would be as if God in all this space between the sea and the mountains ceased to exist. Wasn't it his duty to stay, even if they despised him, even if they were murdered for his sake? even if they were corrupted by his example?"

As his sins and dangers increase, the broken priest comes to confront the nature of piety and love. Still, when he is granted a reprieve, he feels himself sliding into the old arrogance, slipping it on like the black gloves he used to wear. Greene has drawn this man--and all he encounters--vividly and viscerally. He may have said The Power and the Glory was "written to a thesis," but this brilliant theological thriller has far more mysteries--and troubling ideals--than certainties. --Joannie Kervran Stangeland

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“Greene’s masterpiece.” –John Updike

“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 Carré

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