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Three men meet on a ship bound for Haiti, a world in the grip of the corrupt "Papa Doc" and the Tontons Macoute, his sinister secret police. Brown the hotelier, Smith the innocent American, and Jones the confidence man - these are the "comedians" of the title. Hiding behind their actors' masks, they hesitate on the edge of life. And, to begin with, they are men afraid of love, afraid of pain, afraid of fear itself.
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Three men meet on a ship bound for Haiti, a world in the grip of the corrupt "Papa Doc" and the Tontons Macoute, his sinister secret police. Brown the hotelier, Smith the innocent American, and Jones the confidence man - these are the "comedians" of the title. Hiding behind their actors' masks, they hesitate on the edge of life. And, to begin with, they are men afraid of love, afraid of pain, afraid of fear itself.
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Library Journal
Greene's 1967 novel features three characters-a hotelier, an American idealist, and a confidence man-en route to the corrupt Haiti of Papa Doc. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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"Graham Greene arouses responses of curiosity and attention comparable to those set up by Malraux... Faulkner and Hemingway."
New Statesman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140184945
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/5/1991
  • Series: Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics Series
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Greene
GRAHAM GREENE was born in 1904. He worked as a journalist and critic, and in 1940 became literary editor of the Spectator. He was later employed by the Foreign Office. As well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, three books of autobiography, two of biography and four books for children. He also wrote hundreds of essays, and film and book reviews. Graham Greene was a member of the Order of Merit and a Companion of Honour. He died in April 1991.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Henry Graham Greene (birth name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 2, 1904
    2. Place of Birth:
      Berkhamsted, England
    1. Date of Death:
      April 3, 1991
    2. Place of Death:
      Vevey, Switzerland

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  • Posted June 28, 2009

    If you're curious about Haiti and how it got this way......

    I like Graham Greene, but don't love him. His characters seem more interesting than his plots, and so they don't always develop as fully as I hope. And parts of his books seem slow. But I am always glad I read a book by Greene in the end. I know I learned something and I always feel the stories are so real that he must have witnessed them. I bought "The Comedians" because I am very curious about Haiti and how it went from the country it once was (in my lifetime), to the one it is today. This story revolves around Haiti during the regime of Papa Doc through the experiences of expats in a country they had once enjoyed and now found horribly changed. And the plot takes the main character through a dangerously, yet thrilling, attempt to play a hand in Haiti's future. As usual, none of Greene's characters are pure or fully heroic; they all have their flaws and limitations. But as I came to know them I found I liked them anyway and, though I know how Haiti turned out, rooted for them to do some good. By the last third of the book, I could not put it down, and the last few chapters were far more surprising and exciting, even hopeful, than I could have imagined. But the sheer helplessness I felt at the end of this book, written decades ago, foretold the Haiti we see today.....as if he knew.

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