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Monday, June 19, 2017

Book Review: "The Power and the Glory" by Graham Greene

The story takes place in Mexico in the 1930s.  Religion is outlawed, and a renegade priest is being prusued across the countryside.  The priest is a "whisky priest" who is far from sinless.  Yet, he does his duty in the face of danger--just wishing he would be caught and executed--to free him from the life of danger.

This was a very well-written book--could be Greene's best.  The priest is a very well-rounded character--as are the minor roles, too.  The subject is deep and the tension is high.  The Catholic religion is a very important part of the book--but it isn't preachy or judgemental.  I was rooting for the priest's escape as well as understanding how he didn't really want to escape, anymore.  It was just his duty.

Wonderful book.

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