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The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene
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Mar 11, 10

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Read in February, 2010

Greene wrote this intricate and delicate novel late in his career, when he was pretty well stewed by alcohol and a lifetime of general dissolution. He thought it was, perhaps, the best of his works. As I read it, I thought, No way. Even tho several of his novels are on my all-time favorite list, I found the going a little tedious in this book, and here and there I sighed and thought, (forgive me, Graham), same-old, same-old. Oh, you know: the sweaty misery, the black-hearted doubt of faith, the guilty sex. We're in Greene Country. But I was wrong-wrong-wrong: it's another great book. He took me by surprise with the beauty and tenderness of his final pages. I couldn't guess how he was going to bring it to any conclusion other than a depressing one--but it's trancendent and beautiful instead.
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