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The Lawless Roads by Graham Greene
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Dec 16, 2011

Read in December, 2011

I interrupted my current sea-faring binge because of a sudden urge to read The Lawless Roads again. I can't count how many times I've read this book, ever since I found it in a second-hand bookshop in Adelaide and shipped it to myself in the boxes of books I used to send before the days of online bookshops. It's such a satisfying book that I reread it every one or two years, and every time is like the first. That's a testament to the power of Greene's skill as a writer, because I don't have a particular interest in Mexico, or the suppression of Catholicism there in the 1930s. Although I do have in common the fact that I also once travelled in Mexico, and didn't like it. Greene's journey is tortuous, he comes to loathe Mexico and he doesn't hide it. But his prose is beautiful and the subject matter complex; he writes about a spiritual journey— one that begins in England— as well as a physical journey, and his descriptions of Mexico are vivid and carefully chosen, reported through the lens of being English and a Catholic convert, with all the baggage that would have entailed back then.
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message 1: by Carol (last edited Dec 18, 2011 03:21PM) (new)

Carol Alison, it's always entertaining and insightful to read your comments on the books you're currently reading. I remember reading another of Graham Greene's books set in Mexico (the title escapes me); I did not like it (rather I probably did not like the theme) and that's all that I can remember about it.

message 2: by Alison (new) - added it

Alison Thanks, Carol. The novel you read would have been The Power and the Glory. Greene got the inspiration for that while on the journey described in The Lawless Roads.

message 3: by Carol (new)

Carol Yes, that's the one I read. You say Greene got his inspiration from The Lawless Roads, but for me there was no inspiration beyond wanting to put it down....

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