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eBook The Comedians (Twentieth Century Classics) ePub
Author: Graham Greene
Language: English
ISBN: 0140184945
ISBN13: 978-0140184945
Publisher: Penguin Classics (November 5, 1991)
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.8
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Greene did not shy away from speaking truth to power through his writing, and this book is no exception.

Greene did not shy away from speaking truth to power through his writing, and this book is no exception. Although Greene had spent a substantial amount of time in Duvalier's Haiti (where the novel is set), he was no longer welcome after The Comedians was published, and he wisely did not return. The setting is one of the most horrific small country dictatorships of the 20th century, and it was right in what the .

Series: Penguin Twentieth Century Classics. Paperback: 192 pages. This is my second Graham Greene novel ( The Human Factor being the first), and it is clear that Greene was one of the greats. One person found this helpful.

During the war he worked for the British secret service in Sierra Leone; afterward, he began wide-ranging travels as . .

Graham Greene (1904-1991), whose long life nearly spanned the length of the twentieth century, was one of its greatest novelists. 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 American, Our Man in Havana, The Comedians, Travels with My Aunt, The Honorary Consul, The Human Factor, Monsignor Quixote, and The Captain and the Enemy.

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The tone is equable, the style concise and expressive, the text relatively unblemished by the Catholic despair and bucket theology of his other novels, and there is a steady flow of deft descriptions and urbane ironies which, although they intertwine with some gruesome scenes, on the whole keep a slight smile permanently hovering on the reader’s lips. It is not so much a country as a nightmare come to life, a place of perpetual fear. Despite – or because of – all this, the central idea of the novel is that we are all comedians on the great stage of life.

Graham Greene became a Catholic novelist later in life-he was baptized a.Its titular comedians are a trio of white men, who react in different ways to the rising tide of fear and violence in Haiti.

Graham Greene became a Catholic novelist later in life-he was baptized a year before marrying his wife Vivien Dayrell-Browning in 1927-but his first "Catholic novel" was not published until 1938. The premise of the novel is far from conservative, however: Brighton Rock is a page-turner about a church-going gangster coming to terms with his sins, including murder.

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 are the "Comedians" of Graham Greene's title.
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I place The Comedians with The Quiet American as a favorite Graham Greene novel. Greene did not shy away from speaking truth to power through his writing, and this book is no exception. Although Greene had spent a substantial amount of time in Duvalier's Haiti (where the novel is set), he was no longer welcome after The Comedians was published, and he wisely did not return. The setting is one of the most horrific small country dictatorships of the 20th century, and it was right in what the U.S. likes to think of as 'our back yard'. While President Kennedy was reportedly disgusted by Papa Doc's regime, there were other powerful elements within the U.S. who supported him at various points in time.

In this novel Greene characterizes most people as 'Comedians'. This is because most are trying to fool us, and are not what they would like us to believe. Early indications are that most people are less than they appear. Later developments demonstrate that some are actually much more, often in ways they themselves did not realize until faced with disaster and rising to the occasion. Those unexpected heroes were drawn from the ranks of ordinary people. The high and the mighty remained fakers, takers, phonies, and sometimes much much worse. It would be nice if Greene would have nothing further to write about, were he still alive. Regrettably, the world is no more enlightened now than it was then. He would have an unfortunate abundance of material to draw from.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I will be reading this one again at some point.
Washington
I hadn't read a Graham Greene novel in many years and wondered if I could still read him.Well the answer is a definite yes.

The novel is set in Haiti during the Duvalier years.The exact time setting is a little murky but I think it's around 1964.(By the way some of the historical events mentioned don't properly add up).The narrator and main character is Brown who is one of those obviously intelligent, capable men who has reached his late 50's without much to show for it.He owns a hotel in Port au Prince which doesn't have much of a future, to put it mildly.On a ship from New York he meets the Smiths and Jones , who are also travelling to Haiti.Jones is a con man who plays his final hand in Haiti, heroically.The Smiths are American progressives and vegetarians of impecable charachter.The author and Brown both mock the Smiths and admire them.In both they are justified.The Smiths live in a an American progressivist dream land which at times renders them incapable of seeing what is right in front of them.However , they have grit and courage and can be counted on when the chips are down.They will do the right thing.As a consequence , Brown , an opportunist of the highest order,winds up admiring them immensely.

The novel is well plotted and the Haitian back drop gives color and life.Greenes political musings can be a little ridiculous.But I have to give him points for one scene that is definitely a bit of political commentary.Brown is in The Dominican Republic , maybe a 100 miles from the Haitian border.He's being interviewed by an American manager of a local company.Brown is talking about how things are in Haiti in a rather matter of fact matter. The interviewer has no idea what he is talking about and no interest.He concludes that Brown , who probably is qualified for the job, is a kook and maybe a communist.There is a lot of truth in that scene.
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I didn't enjoy this novel quite as much as commentators such as Anthony Bourdain indicated I would; not as much, for example, as 'Our Man In Havana' or 'The Ministry of Fear'. Perhaps the denouement wasn't as satisfying as I'd hoped but it's still classic Greene and, as always the characterisation is brilliant. The author's writerly craft is masterful and yet largely invisible to the reader. The Hotel Trianon setting itself almost becomes a character - that's quite something considering Greene, as always, is economical with his descriptions, virtually giving the reader's imagination free rein. 'The Comedians' irked Haiti's François "Papa Doc" Duvalier to such an extent that he felt compelled to publicly insult Greene. For that reason alone 'The Comedians' is of historical importance. But arguably more vital than that, it's a literary entertainment of a kind that's rare if not extinct nowadays.
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