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Old 28th Nov 2007, 17:42   #1
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Default Book 38: THE POWER AND THE GLORY by Graham Greene

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Old 30th Nov 2007, 13:52   #2
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Default Re: Book 38: THE POWER AND THE GLORY by Graham Greene

I'm right in the midst of this and really looking forward to the discussion. For the first bit of it, I think I bumped up against preconceptions about his style from The End of the Affair. I was expecting similarity but this is different, even more complex.
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This is my third reading of this book. For the first time I read it as a teenager and, for the book that affecting, my reaction was very neutral. Two years ago I reread it and as you can see on my 2005 Palimplist, I gave it 5 stars. Perhaps nothing particularly strange about it, the taste changes. Still it has quite surprised me, how close is the way of dealing with religion and faith in Greene's books (I've later read our Book Group choice - The Heart of the Matter, and A Burnt-Out Case) to my own thoughts on the subject. Hell, I don't want to be a Catholic out of Greene's novel! ...And taking everything into account, I'm not, but still.

Now I'm almost in the middle of the book and paying more attention than usual to the things like points of view, structure, style - somehow I feel inclined this way this time.
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This will also be my third reading of it, and I hope to feel less incapable of expressing a proper response to it this time. Of course, first I have to find my copy. I'll be along presently...
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I've never read it before, but I enjoyed both Brighton Rock and The End of the Affair. I will be along by the end of the weekend; I'm in the last pages of Light Years.
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Default Re: Book 38: THE POWER AND THE GLORY by Graham Greene

I finished this a few days ago and don't know what to say about it. So far, this is about all I can think of: I liked The Quiet American more.
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Mercy. And not in that Staple Singers way, either. This was a fabulous choice, but anything I might hurriedly post at this point would only be facile and foolish. Working on a review but it will take a couple more days. It's a definite here.
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Great Beth, I look forward to it...
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I finished this a few days ago and don't know what to say about it.
Okay, I thought of something.

Why is so much made of Greene being received into the Roman Catholic Church, yet his books make fun of it so?

The priest's provision of services to the devout is both the power and the glory (although there are many other presentations of power in this book) so Catholicism claims the title, but not in a particularly attractive way.
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Why is so much made of Greene being received into the Roman Catholic Church, yet his books make fun of it so?
I'm not seeing it that way, Ang, but rather as the opposite, a loving epistle to the Church and her faithful. I'm going over most of the book again, digging for understanding and thrilling at the characterization of the priest. But, like you, I am seeing varying presentations of power. From p. 54 of my ancient paperback, a 1963 Viking, a bit of dialogue he has with Coral...

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She said: "Of course you could -- renounce."
"I don't understand."
"Renounce your faith," she said, using the words of her European History.
He said: "It's impossible. There's no way. I'm a priest. It's out of my power."
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