Our Man in Havana

Our Man in Havana

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by Graham Greene
     
 

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Mr. Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman in a city of powercuts, becomes a spy to earn extra income.  See more details below

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Mr. Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman in a city of powercuts, becomes a spy to earn extra income.

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Daily Telegraph (London)
As comical, satirical, atmospherical an 'entertainment' as he has given us.
Publishers Weekly
Actor Jeremy Northam (Gosford Park, Tristram Shandy) has himself a ball with Greene's comic suspense novel, its Cuban setting and panoply of international characters. He downplays the religious and political undertones of the book in favor of Greene's comedy of a vacuum-cleaner salesman turned secret agent. Greene's array of Germans, Brits and native Cubans allows Northam to trot out some of the choicest examples from his stable of voices, all cleverly done. The brief bits of salsa music that punctuate the breaks between chapters underscore Northam's jaunty reading. This is one classic novel meant to be enjoyed for entertainment, not self-improvement. (June)
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The ultimate chronicler of twentieth-century man's consciousness and anxiety. (William Golding)

As comical, satirical, atmospherical an "entertainment" as he has given us. (The Daily Telegraph, London)

Library Journal
★ 10/01/2015
Greene's vintage "entertainment" deftly satirizes the whole genre, exposing the essential absurdity of tradecraft in the form of vacuum cleaner salesman James Wormold, whom British Intelligence unwittingly recruits as an agent in Havana. Wormold's hapless attempts to pass off invented knowledge—including the blueprints for one of his prized vacuums as a potential atomic weapon—provide laughs before reaching a mournful climax.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671784669
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
11/28/1974

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William Golding
ultimate chronicler of twentieth-century man's consciousness and anxiety. (William Golding)
From the Publisher
The ultimate chronicler of twentieth-century man's consciousness and anxiety. (William Golding)

As comical, satirical, atmospherical an "entertainment" as he has given us. (The Daily Telegraph, London)

Meet the Author

Graham Greene (1904-1991), whose long life nearly spanned the length of the twentieth century, was one of its greatest novelists. Educated at Berkhamsted School and Balliol College, Oxford, he started his career as a sub-editor of the London TimesHe began to attract notice as a novelist with his fourth book, Orient Expressin 1932. In 1935, he trekked across northern Liberia, his first experience in Africa, told in A Journey Without Maps (1936). He converted to Catholicism in 1926, an edifying decision, and reported on religious persecution in Mexico in 1938 in The Lawless Roadswhich served as a background for his famous The Power and the Glory, one of several “Catholic” novels (Brighton RockThe Heart of the MatterThe End of the Affair). During the war he worked for the British secret service in Sierra Leone; afterward, he began wide-ranging travels as a journalist, which were reflected in novels such as The Quiet AmericanOur Man in HavanaThe ComediansTravels with My AuntThe Honorary ConsulThe Human FactorMonsignor Quixoteand The Captain and the EnemyAs well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, two books of autobiography, A Sort of Life and Ways of Escape, two biographies, and four books for children. He also contributed hundreds of essays and film and book reviews to The Spectator and other journals, many of which appear in the late collection ReflectionsMost of his novels have been filmed, including The Third Man, which the author first wrote as a film treatment. Graham Greene was named Companion of Honour and received the Order of Merit among numerous other awards.

Christopher Hitchens is a widely published polemicist and frequent radio and TV commentator.  He is the author of many books, including Why Orwell Matters, Letters to a Young Contrarian, The Trial of Henry Kissinger, as well as books on Cyprus, Kurdistan and Palestine, including Blaming the Victims coedited with Edward Said.  He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and writes for, among others, Slate, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Book Review, and The Washington Post.  He lives with his family in Washington, D.C.

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Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
October 2, 1904
Date of Death:
April 3, 1991
Place of Birth:
Berkhamsted, England
Place of Death:
Vevey, Switzerland
Education:
Balliol College, Oxford

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Our Man in Havana 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
WARNING: THIS IS NOT GRAHAM GREENE'S BOOK. This is a stage play adaptation of it. Linking it to the book itself is misleading.
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