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The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene
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Sep 03, 09

Read in September, 2009

** spoiler alert ** It's a funny thing about Greene, one of my all time favorites. His earliest work is not very distinguished or lyrical, and the very last few are maudlin and mopey. As with Walker Percy, Greene's last works indulge in meandering contemplations of what it means to be Catholic in a truly chaotic and murderous Twentieth Century. And as Percy's meditations on the topic did, Greene's testaments to faith get in the way of the story, ultimately. In the Honorary Consul, Greene transports The heart of the Matter from West Africa to Argentina and reuses his whiskey priest to pit against the unloving Scopie -- here named Eduardo Plarr -- in a wearying match of moral chess. As the reader, one feels relieved by the denouement, coming as it does after wearisome ethics cloud the minds of revolutionaries and rational doctor alike.
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Karen SPOILER: Why do you think Greene have Plarr die the way he did?


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