The Honorary Consul
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One hundred years ago a writer was born who captured the essence of the 20th Century like no other: Graham Greene.
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The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene
Graham Greene's gripping tragicomedy of a bungled kidnapping in a provincial Argentinian town is considered one of his finest. It tells of Charley Fortnum, the 'Honorary Consul', a whisky-sodden figure of dubious authority taken by a group of revolutionaries. As Eduardo Plarr, a local doctor, negotiates with revolutionaries and authorities for Fortnum's release, the corruption of both becomes evident.
In this spare, tense novel, Graham Greene explores the morality of a political system that turns priests into killers.
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ReviewsPerhaps the most enduring novel that even he has give us Daily Mail The tension never relaxes and one reads hungrily from page to page, dreading the moment it will end -- Auberon Waugh Evening Standard Greene's work attempts to link the serious moral imagination with the spirit of adventure and romance and to extend the remapping of imaginative geography first undertaken by Conrad Times Higher Education Supplement A superb storyteller with a gift for provoking controversy New York Times Greene had the sharpest eyes for trouble, the finest nose for human weaknesses, and was pitilessly honest in his observations... For experience of a whole century he was the man within -- Norman Sherry Independent
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Publication date7th October 2004
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CategoriesModern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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