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The Power and the Glory By Graham Greene John Updike The Power and the Glory 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

  • Title: The Power and the Glory
  • Author: Graham Greene John Updike
  • ISBN: 9780142437308
  • Page: 221
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  • The Power and the Glory By Graham Greene John Updike 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 CalvaryIn 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 In his introduction, John Updike calls The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene s masterpiece The energy and grandeur of his finest novel derive from the will toward compassion, an ideal communism even Christian than Communist.
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    1. Jim Fonseca on said:

      Graham Greene is known as a Catholic novelist even though he objected to that description I mention that because this book is one of his four novels, which, according to Wiki, source of all wisdom, are the gold standard of the Catholic novel The other three are Brighton Rock, The Heart of the Matter, and The End of the Affair.Like many other Greene novels, this one is set in a down and out environment in a Third World country Third World at least at the time Greene visited Mexico and Africa in t [...]

    2. Megha on said:

      This little gem turned out to be quite a surprise It is indeed powerful and it is glorious Greene s writing seems really simple and is easy to read, and yet is so full of meaning I am still soaking it all in.As the lead character, the whiskey priest , moves from one place to another, Greene takes us along on a journey taut with suspense and tension However, it is really his moral journey which is the most captivating We not only witness the priest s struggle to escape, we also get to look into h [...]

    3. Fabian on said:

      You can never go wrong with this guy most definitely he s on my Top Ten list of All Time favorite novelists You cannot ask for crisper prose the dialogue is practically in audio, the descriptions themselves cause impressive bouts with synesthesia I cannot think of a single writer that is without flaw the closest to that super man would be Graham Greene.That being said, this is my least favorite novel of his thus far and it is interesting to note that this one is widely hailed as his masterpiece [...]

    4. Jason Koivu on said:

      The Power and the Glory is the sort of title to inspire readers to great deeds, pushing beyond the bounds of normal reading capabilities to turn pages at superhuman speed But alas no And why not Afterall, the premise is promisingA cynical, whiskey priest sneaks about the poor, rural lands of southern Mexico, evading capture for the treasonous action of being a priest The question is whether he s on the lam to preach the word of god or to save his own neck.I haven t read much Graham Greene, but w [...]

    5. Lyn on said:

      The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene s 1940 novel about the Mexican state of Tabasco s virulent anti church campaign in the 1930s is a powerful statement about courage, duty and the persistence of faith.Greene describes the flight of the whiskey priest a never named survivor in the state s operation to rid all vestiges of Catholic faith, even to the point of arresting priests, finding them guilty of treason and executing them against a wall with firing squads Some priests were given the opport [...]

    6. Perry on said:

      A Classic Parable set in 1930s Mexico Seems of Paramount Importance Today A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant, 1950.Greene was driven to write this sympathetic novel about the persecution of priests in Mexico after visiting the Mexican province of Tabasco in 1938 at the height of the Mexican anti clerical purge of Marxist revolutionaries Upon returning h [...]

    7. Paul Bryant on said:

      Here we have a novel which takes faith at face value which for an atheist reader is a bit of a thwack round the fizzog with a wet towel This novel is all about the confession and all about the Mass And a little bit about the baptism too And the reality behind these rituals is that if they aren t done properly by a priest YOU yes YOU could end up going to HELL because you might then die in a state of mortal sin, i.e outside the reach of the grace of God, these are the rules, don t look at me like [...]

    8. Paul on said:

      This is the first Greene I have read in years and it is a powerful novel It is set in Mexico and Greene has spent some time there in research The novel is about a priest a whisky priest in a province of Mexico where the Catholic Church is banned and priests are shot The unnamed protagonist is a bad priest and a drunkard who has also fathered a child He is also a coward The title is taken from the end of The Lord s Prayer and there is religious imagery all over the place The priest rides a donkey [...]

    9. Chris_P on said:

      I m not a Christian I most probably am an agnostic who s constantly flirting with atheism What I feel about the Church as a constitution and the practices of the priests and their followers is contempt, to say the least You read this, now look at my rating OK Read it again Look at my rating Get it This is a book that s called The Power And The Glory and it s about a priest trying to stay alive in a country where all priests are executed and faith is prohibited The reason it appealed to me, apart [...]

    10. Kemper on said:

      One thing I know after reading this, All the Pretty Horses and Joe Lansdale sCaptains Outrageous, I ain t going to Mexico any time soon Graham Greene s classic account of a priest living on the run in a Mexican state after socialists have taken political control and are trying to abolish the Catholic Church is a grim tale of human nature at it s best and worst The unnamed priest is a drunk who isn t particularly brave and has committed sins big enough to register fairly high on he Catholic Guilt [...]

    11. Muhammad Shakhawat Hossain on said:

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    12. Bob Newman on said:

      When a man with a gun meets a man with a prayer.e man with a prayer is a dead man Not many people would start off a review of a Graham Greene novel with a paraphrase from a Clint Eastwood movie, but I am just a drifter on the high plains of literature This is no doubt a powerful novel with the same theme of man s relation to God that suffuses many of Greene s other works In a Mexico where state control had broken down, local satraps carried out projects of their own, taking national policy to ex [...]

    13. K.D. Absolutely on said:

      I read this book during my 3 day visit in San Diego and it was an appropriate choice because of the proximity of the place to Mexico and there are Mexicans in that place than causcasians This book is considered by many novelists as Graham Greene s masterpiece and I think they are right.This is a story of a nameless Catholic priest who is pious but at the same time alcoholic and fathered a child These may not be shocking at the present time but this novel created a scandal in the catholic world [...]

    14. Jen on said:

      I like books that have questions than answers But the questions have to be good, like this she unhooked the child and held the face against the woodDid she expect a miracle And if she did, why should it not be granted her The priest found himself watching the child for some movement When none came, it was as if God had missed an opportunity Why, after all, should we expect God to punish the innocent with life The Power and the Glory started off slow and stifling The air is hot, and the sound o [...]

    15. James on said:

      A truly great book and forgive the use of what is probably a very well worn clich a novel that is without a doubt powerful and glorious on many levels Set in Mexico in the 1930 s against the backdrop of an attempted suppression of the Catholic Church by the authorities Ostensibly this is the story of the fugitive, renegade Whiskey Priest a great creation and a believably authentic character and his quest to escape the anti Catholic authorities This is a novel that confronts head on the biggest o [...]

    16. Adam on said:

      The whisky priest is on the run from the law from the law in Mexico Set in period in Mexico s history where priests where being shot and the Catholic Church was illegal, this book plays like the New Testament mixed with an existential western Grim and suspenseful, stocked with cinematic imagery in a gothic and decaying Mexico, this book is masterpiece from the first page on While my personal beliefs are nearer to the nihilistic lieutenant kind of a Miltonic devil type character chasing the pries [...]

    17. David Schaafsma on said:

      He knew now that at the end there was only one thing that counted to be a saint Greene I have always listed this book among the top ten novels of my life, but have not read it for many years I agree with John Updike, who says of the book, This is Greene s masterpiece The energy and grandeur of his finest novel derive from the will toward compassion, and an ideal communism even Christian than Communist I just reread Greene s The Heart of the Matter, but found terrific, but darker than Power and [...]

    18. StevenGodin on said:

      After being received into the Roman Catholic Church Graham Greene would some years later travel to Mexico in 1938 to report and witness first hand the persecution of the clergy, this would clearly go on to have a major impact in writing The Power and the Glory , which sees an unnamed Priest known to locals as the whisky Priest go on the run from the authorities during a time of religious hostilities where many Priests were tried for treason and shot, with only his mule and little in the way of s [...]

    19. Ben on said:

      My first Graham Greene novel was The End of the Affair and it rocked my world, and affected me in some profound ways It was the perfect novel for me at the time, and I am forever indebted to Mr Greene for giving me that enlightening experience.Going into this, I knew better than to expect the same magnitude of visceral reaction that I had with The End of the Affair, but nonetheless, because the connection I had with the aforementioned was so strong, I couldn t help but have decently high expecta [...]

    20. Chiara Pagliochini on said:

      I migliori romanzi sono quelli che mi lasciano come sono adesso perplessa, moralmente scossa, vagamente isterica Sono i migliori non tanto per il piacere che suscita la loro lettura o l affetto che si prova per un personaggio o magari una scrittura fascinosa Sono i migliori perch agiscono come un pungolo sulla mia coscienza, perch svitano e riavvitano i miei circuiti come un cavatappi Controversi, grotteschi, disturbanti, si insinuano a un livello che al di sotto della coscienza psicologica e ch [...]

    21. Dave Russell on said:

      That was another mystery it sometimes seemed to him that venial sins impatience, an unimportant lie, pride, a neglected opportunity cut off from grace completely than the worst sins of all Then, in his innocence, he had felt no love for anyone now in his corruption he had learnt There is a key scene which takes place in a prison after The Priest is arrested for the less serious crime of possessing brandy and not the serious crime of treason, for which he is also deemed guilty by the authoritie [...]

    22. Alex on said:

      Graham Greene s whisky priest is one of our better martyrs Self loathing, self pitying, starving, he shambles helplessly through this parable of a book.It gets off to a fragmented start for the first third or so, you might not be sure who the protagonist is Stick with it it will gain focus, and everyone is there for a reason Greene s structure is in fact precise The fat, hopeless Padre Jose, miserably married, is there to show us what the whisky priest is doing right The vicious but surprising l [...]

    23. Ivan on said:

      4,5 stars I really liked it I m not a religious man and usually don t like to read about religious theme but I liked this one Unfortunately it s not perfect, it s not a work of genius but it s very good The main protagonist is Whiskey Priest , a failed weak character who maybe not failed and weak at all Very complex hero anti hero He doesn t consider himself a martyr, but that s a feature of all true martyrs to be humble, yet ironically Whiskey Priest is or rather was kind of a proud man He has [...]

    24. Algernon on said:

      9 10 a great book, I could easily have given it 5 stars, but I m trying to curb my enthusiasm a little, seeing how high my overall rating is What can I do I love books and I m not that difficult to please Although pleasing is not the first thing that comes to mind about The Power and The Glory.Disturbing, heart wrenching, gloomy, suicidally downbeat for most of the journey yet I feel this is a story that needed to be told, one that couldn t be sugar coated with witty remarks or beautiful phrasin [...]

    25. umberto on said:

      This is the first novel in which its partial extract to read in an English literature course eventually introduced me to know Graham Greene and I had to learn to enjoy reading him from his other works It s a pity I can t recall the exact pages due to such a long time, 43 years ago A bit embittered, I did my best to keep reading, struggling with this formidable hardship and learned to gain light on those new words, idioms, phrases, etc used in the novel It was a kind of tough adventure in which [...]

    26. BrokenTune on said:

      The wall of the burial ground had fallen in one or two crosses had been smashed by enthusiasts an angel had lost one of its stone wings, and what gravestones were left undamaged leant at an acute angle in the long marshy grass One image of the Mother of God had lost ears and arms and stood like a pagan Venus over the grave of some rich forgotten timber merchant It was odd this fury to deface, because, of course, you could never deface enough If God had been like a toad, you could have rid the gl [...]

    27. Petra on said:

      This is a powerful little book It shows the best and worst of dogma, as well as the cowardice and bravery of being human and living up to a standard, whatever that standard may be The unnamed Whisky Priest is everything good and bad the human race He s flawed, full of guilt sin and still he struggles to do right and find his way He holds mass and confessions, absolving others of guilt and sinbut there s no one to absolve his guilt sin He will suffer always Yet, he faces himself and becomes a mar [...]

    28. Matt on said:

      A little too heavy handed on the Catholicism as last beacon of light in dark world bit Hitchens referred to it as clammy handed but it s got all the things that make Greene a fine, fine writer as well His cinematic vividness, his supreme control of pacing, drama and characterization, his feel for place and spaceI ve really got to read of his work.It really is a pleasure to read him His sentences go down like good scotch.

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