The Power and the Glory

By Graham Greene; John Updike (Introduction by)
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780142437308, 240pp.)

Publication Date: February 2003

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Description
"Graham Greene's masterpiece" John Updike)


In a poor, remote section of Southern Mexico, the paramilitary group, the Red Shirts have taken control. God has been outlawed, and the priests have been systematically hunted down and killed. Now, the last priest is on the run. Too human for heroism, too humble for martyrdom, the nameless little worldly whiskey priest is nevertheless impelled toward his squalid Calvary as much by his own compassion for humanity as by the efforts of his pursuers.
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About the Author
Graham Greene, the novelist, served with the Secret Intelligence Service during WWII. Greene died in 1991. Hugh Greene came to prominence as a journalist in Nazi Berlin. After being expelled from Germany just before WWII, he served in the RAF as an interrogator. Greene went on to join the BBC and was made Director-General in 1960. He died in 1987.

John Updike was born in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954, and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker, and since 1957 has lived in Massachusetts. He is the author of fifty-odd previous books, including twenty novels and numerous collections of short stories, poems, and criticism. His fiction has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the American Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Award, and the Howells Medal.


NPR
Monday, Jun 21, 2010

To kick off our summer series "Thrilled To Death," author Scott Turow recommends Graham Greene's The Power and the Glory. Turow says the novel achieves the unrelenting suspense that he craved as a reader and strives for as a writer. More at NPR.org

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