The Power and the Glory (Penguin Classics)

The Power and the Glory (Penguin Classics)

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by Graham Greene
     
 

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In a poor, remote section of southern Mexico, the Red Shirts have taken control. God has been outlawed, and the priests have been systematically hunted down and killed. Now, the last priest strives to overcome physical and moral cowardice in order to find redemption.

Introduction by John Updike


About the Author:
Graham Greene (1904-1991),

Overview

In a poor, remote section of southern Mexico, the Red Shirts have taken control. God has been outlawed, and the priests have been systematically hunted down and killed. Now, the last priest strives to overcome physical and moral cowardice in order to find redemption.

Introduction by John Updike


About the Author:
Graham Greene (1904-1991), author of many novels, short stories, travel books, plays, and memoirs, was one of the twentieth century's greatest writers. J

John Updike author of Rabbit, Run and other celebrated works, is a preeminent American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780884116561
Publisher:
Amereon LTD.
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Series:
Penguin Classic Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
5.71(w) x 8.85(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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The Power and the Glory 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Power and the Glory by Graham Green presents a fascinating and unique interpretation of religion and how it affects human nature. The most striking image presented by this interpretation is the lead character, a whisky priest with a bastard child. He stands as a paradoxical figure within himself, a highly respected official distributing confessions and baptisms to the locals, yet he is flawed inside and out grappling with his faith and to what purpose he serves. However, Green did not write this novel purely to state that priests are humans too, flawed just as they rest of us. Instead, the novel reaches deeper as if religion in its traditional, most rigid form pulls down a veil over our eyes. These poverty-stricken desperate individuals living under an oppressive Mexican government look to an equally desperate man whose only concern is his own fruitless survival. They are blind, still governed by the ways of a meaningless, irrelevant church. In the end, as the whiskey priest is finally hunted down by the authorities, he dies suddenly and without purpose or meaning. Green brilliantly contrasts his death with a mother reading to her children of the mightiest and most noble of God's followers dying triumphantly in a blaze of glory. There is no heroic battle, no glory and ultimately no power. He is simply a man and nothing more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had no idea about this book until I had to read in my Honors Lit. class. The chapters are set up to where you have to keep going to remember the plot. You have to keep reading. The story is wonderful and I suggest you read it in about two days because of the story setup. This is a book worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was interesting.It teaches a good leeson about faith and love.In a state in Mexico,the church is outlawed.The priest has to run like a criminal.In fact a bandit who killed policemen a was hunted less than him.Although the priest is a good man,his conscience can not let him forget about his past sins.His guilt lead him to deticate his life to the church untill his death.Even though the church was a aware of his past sins,they still declared him a saint.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my all time favorite book and really conveys a wonderful message about the judgements of others and the inability to attain perfection - regardless of one's role in life. The priest in this story is one of the most well developed characters of any book I've read, and forces the reader to bestow compassion towards his plea. This novel helped me re-consider the judgements I once so commonly made about people... the author takes you inside the mind of a percieved saint and allows you to realize that he too struggles with internal conflicts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i had to read this book for my ap lit class recently, and like the headline says, i actually enjoyed it. even though i'm not catholic (to tell the truth, i'm not even mildly religious at all) i enjoyed the book. halfway through, i even wished i knew more about the bible so that i could gain more from graham greene's book. i'm grateful to my teacher for having chosen this book to read. i'd say he has pretty good taste.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story of a man who is the truest saint and the truest sinner at the same time. A profound perspective on faith and grace and human nature. It also exposes (weaved into the story) a little known episode of Mexican History in which Catholics were actually persecuted for their faith. Many shouted as they were executed, 'Long live Christ the King!' I recommend this book for anyone, religious or not. This interesting story helped me understand human nature better. I can't wait to read another of Greene's books! (Although I'm afraid they may not measure up to this one).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! I had to read this book for my college seminar class.  It was by far the best book we read all semester. I go to a catholic college and was dreading reading a book about religion because I thought that I wouldn't understand it (I'm not very familiar with Catholicism) However, I found my self wanting to read it again and again. It is life changing and so thought-provoking.  
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ExiledNewYorker More than 1 year ago
The Power and the Glory is a well told, complex tale focused on a core moral dilemma. Green expertly weaves multiple stories in ways that surprise and move. It's a manhunt set in the context of the clash of differing fundamental truths, all made real by the flawed characters on both sides.
AbbyAK More than 1 year ago
This was one of Greene's early novels, one that came out of his own experience in Mexico. Set there in the 1930's when the Catholic Church was outlawed by the government, it is the story of the fictional "last" priest on the run in one of the Mexican states. But the book deals with many issues, and is not to be considered just a "Catholic" book. At the heart of it is man's search for meaning. Greene's prose alone is worth the read.
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I highly recommend this book. It is very realistic. I wanted to like the priest, but nothing justifies certain actions. Good reading.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Power and the Glory is gripping from the outset, Greene is a master of mystery and suspense. Yet, as the story progresses, we see that it's not a mystery, as such. This is about a man's struggle with religion and with life. I'm not religious, but I couldn't help but relate to the poor 'Whisky Priest'. If you read this and get to the end, you will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Definitely requires knowledge of Catholism to fully understand this book and to understand the symoblism
Guest More than 1 year ago
seems boring at first, but as you read on it becomes intriguing, and you get involved in the beautiful story.