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Doctor Fischer Of Geneva, Or The Bomb Party by Graham Greene
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Jul 21, 10

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Read in July, 2010

Graham Greene divided his work into two categories he defined as ‘novels’ and ‘entertainments.’ He was also a comic genius, which skill is demonstrated in this short novel and the longer ‘Travels With My Aunt.’

He uses his wit, not merely to entertain, as do some others, but to indict the foibles of mankind.

Doctor Fischer is a rich man who delights in humiliating others. The story is narrated by Alfred Jones, a man who has suffered many losses but is given a new chance at happiness when he marries Fischer’s daughter.

The novel is a study of greed and the depths of human nature. Despite its brevity, it is a gripping examination of wealth and poverty, faith, love and death.

It was made into a TV movie in 1985 (which I haven’t seen), starring James Mason in his last role.
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