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Posted October 28, 2000
I NEED A PRIEST!
After reading three other works by Greene I have come to the conclusion that his works belong under the category religious fiction. In this novel, once again the main action is driven by questions of faith. Scobie, a police officer in Africa during WWII, finds himself dangling between adultery and faith, corruption and justice, punishment and understanding. Two thirds of the book is excellent but Greene seems to use the loss of faith to tidy up the ends of his books because he can see no other way for characters to get out of their situations unless they fall prostrate before the Roman Catholic Church. While the characterization is good most of the novel, they turn into caricatures by the end and lose their identity. This book is very similar to his other novel, The End of the Affair, and is similarly disappointing. I am beginning to agree with some other critics that maybe Greene will not be as important as a novelist in the future and will be seen as merely average or mediocre in generations to come.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 7, 2010
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