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The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
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Jul 20, 11

Read on June 28, 2011

A really great book about what life without religon could be--sort of the flipside to The Handmaid's Tale (which portrays life with religion in charge of everything). Neither seems like a good idea.

Greene's prose is stark and powerful, reminding me a lot of Camus in style. It's bleak from the outset and doesn't get any better, but there's certainly something uplifting in it all--a whisky priest heaps scorn on himself for doing the right thing for the wrong reasons, and doesn't see how many people he's actually helping. If you've ever pondered the role of suffering in religion and life, this book will give you plenty more to think about.

It's set in Tabasco, Mexico, and a little in Chiapas. I haven't done the research to see how much the story is tied to actual events, but it sure reads like it is. A very complelling novel.
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