The Honorary Consul – Graham Greene

The Honorary Consul

From the Publisher:

A morally complex and mature work from a modern master

IN THIS later novel by Graham Greene— featuring a new introduction—the author continues to explore moral and theological dilemmas through psychologically astute character studies and exciting drama on an international stage. In The Honorary Consul, a British consul with a fondness for drink is mistaken for an American ambassador and kidnapped by Paraguayan revolutionaries.

My Thoughts:

This book has everything: machismo, justice, betrayal, love, religion. It also has a very well-developed cast of characters: a doctor who’s incapable of emotion, an ex-priest who’s still struggling with his faith, a drunken honorary consul whose only redeeming quality is his love for his former prostitute wife, and a novelist who’s way too proud of himself and his works.  Those characters are full of flaws, but that is what makes them human, and that is what sets everything in motion.  They seem to embody the restlessness of the political situation presented in the book.  The underlying theme seems to be love, because what purpose is there in living life if you are not capable of love? Did I love it?  No.  But I enjoyed reading it.

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