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The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
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Aug 17, 2011

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bookshelves: british-lit, time-magazine-top-100, greeneland, boulder-public-library, anthony-burgess-top-99
Read from August 17 to 22, 2011

Greene's whisky priest is a pretty compelling character, perfect in his imperfections. The other characters are good, too, if a little flat -- the morally upstanding though somewhat close-minded lieutenant, the jovially corrupt police chief, the pitiful yet disturbingly-easy-to-hate mestizo, the suspiciously precocious little children, and so on. But this is one of those novels where you know what's going to happen in the end, so your focus is inevitably on the psychological change of the protagonist. And that turned out not being quite profound enough for me to be satisfied.
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