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The Power and the Glory [Epub] ➞ The Power and the Glory ➣ Graham Greene – In a poor remote section of Southern Mexico the paramilitary group the Red Shirts have taken control God has been outlawed and the priests have been systematically hunted down and killed Now the last In a poor remote section of and the MOBI ï Southern Mexico the paramilitary group the Red Shirts have taken control God has been outlawed and the priests have The Power Epub / been systematically hunted down and killed Now the last priest is on the run Too human for heroism too humble for martyrdom the nameless little worldly Power and the MOBI ð “whiskey priest” is nevertheless impelled toward his sualid Calvary as much by his own compassion for humanity as by the efforts of his pursuers   In his introduction John Updike calls The Power and the Glory “Graham Greene’s masterpiece The energy and grandeur of his finest novel derive from the will toward compassion an ideal communism even Christian than Communist”.

  • Paperback
  • 222 pages
  • The Power and the Glory
  • Graham Greene
  • English
  • 08 August 2016
  • 9780142437308

10 thoughts on “The Power and the Glory

  1. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    Graham Greene is known as a “Catholic novelist” even though he objected to that description I mention that because this book is one of his four novels which according to Wiki source of all wisdom “are the gold standard of the Catholic novel” The other three are Brighton Rock The Heart of the Matter and The End of the AffairLike many other Greene novels this one is set in a down and out environment in a Third World country Third World at least at the time Greene visited Mexico and Africa in the 1930’s and 1940’s; Haiti Cuba and the Congo in the 1950’s Greene’s travels around the world including a stint as a British spy in WW II informed many of his novels This one The Power and the Glory was based on his travels in Mexico in 1938; The Comedians Haiti; A Burnt Out Case the Congo; Our Man in Havana Cuba and The Heart of the Matter Sierra Leone Greene hit his literary stride in writing set in these destitute countries marked by starvation disease political tyranny graft and corruption In this novel the focus is on anti clericalism in Mexico in the 1930’s Greene’s publisher specifically paid for his trip to Mexico for this purpose in 1938 Anti clericalism has a long history in Mexico related to the Revolutions in 1860 and 1910 and the Constitution of 1917 which seized church land outlawed monastic orders banned public worship outside of churches took away political rights from clergy and prohibited primary education by churches By the 1930’s the persecution of clergy had reached new heights varying in each Mexican state depending upon the political inclinations of the governors In Tabasco state on the southernmost curve of the Gulf of Mexico persecution was the worst and it’s likely the geographical setting of the story We’re in a place of subsistence farming and banana plantations days from any city by walking mule or water Churches here were closed and many destroyed Priests were forbidden to wear garb or even conduct masses and many were forced to marry The persecution escalated to the point where priests were hunted down by police and executed without trial On to the story Our main character is a priest on the run because there is a reward on his head He's not dressed as a priest but his diction and decorum as an educated man give him away Just about everyone he meets assumes he’s a priest on the run But he’s a “whiskey priest” addicted to his wine He has also fathered an illegitimate child At one point he meets his 7 year old daughter for the first time Everywhere he goes crowds of peasants beseech him to perform a mass conduct weddings and baptisms Depending on his level of fear sometimes in despair he ignores them and moves on; other times he conducts the sacraments Sometimes he calculates how much he will charge for baptisms and how many bottles of wine the receipts will buy him Because of his drinking his illicit liaison and his fear of death by firing suad he feels unworthy of his role He’s human We have other characters of course A dentist cut off by WW II from contact with his family in Europe despairs of ever seeing them again A precocious 13 year old runs the family plantation for her incapacitated parents She hides the priest for a time We have good copsbad cops in pursuit of the priest; some want to see him killed and some try to help him The priest can’t trust anyone an offer of help may be a trap to get the reward on his head a huge sum in this backwards destitute world A few uotesHe walked slowly; happiness drained out of him uickly and completely than out of an unhappy man an unhappy man is always preparedA man talking to his wife It’s not such a bad lifeBut he could feel her stiffen the word “life” was taboo it reminded you of deathThe woman began to cry – dryly without tears the trapped noise of something wanting to be releasedOf course a classic Photo from runyonlibutexaseduAnti clerical logo from newworldencyclopediaorg

  2. Fabian Fabian says:

    You can never go wrong with this guy—most definitely dude's on my Top Ten of All Time favorite novelists You cannot ask for crisper prose the dialogue is practically in audio the descriptions themselves cause impressive bouts with synesthesia I cannot think of a single writer that is without flaw—the closest to that super man would be Graham GreeneThat being said this is my least favorite novel of his thus far; and it is interesting to note that this one is widely hailed as his masterpiece No sir that title goes to “The uiet American a thunderbolt of supreme genius But I even preferred “Brighton Rock” too Here like in that one Greene creates his own orb around a very fickle very risue topic religion and most specifically not of course my favorite at all Catholicism It is a very hard thesis to substantiate that the search for God transcends the church and yet the different facets in the tests and shortcomings of a very human very counter effective “whisky” priest proves just how false the whole enterprise is and yet religion it seems is a must I really did not side with any particular point of view just enjoyed the ride—and it’s sort of like Cather’s “Death Comes to the Archbishop” only better an accomplishment without a doubt It is ambitious and harsh beautiful and devastating Mexico is there yet not It is cinematic and simultaneously personal I will read ALL his others for here's a novel to discover after some time naturally to rediscover

  3. Megha Megha says:

    This little gem turned out to be uite a surprise It is indeed powerful and it is glorious Greene's writing seems really simple and is easy to read and yet is so full of meaning I am still soaking it all inAs the lead character the 'whiskey priest' moves from one place to another Greene takes us along on a journey taut with suspense and tension However it is really his moral journey which is the most captivating We not only witness the priest's struggle to escape we also get to look into his tormented soul and his ambivalence He is constantly torn between following what his religious faith has taught him while his worldly sense seems to make practical sense He feels guilty for his sins but he loves the fruit of his sin He almost wishes that he be caught so that he could be rid of the fear and the misery But doesn't his faith teach him that it is his duty to save his soul? He has sinned and is immoral but he is also full of compassion and love for fellow human beings A uestion that haunts the priest and the reader throughout is whether he will find redemption and if his soul will achieve salvation? Or do immoralities and sins always overshadow a man's goodness? Greene makes it so easy for one to understand his characters The priest with his virtues and his flaws feels like a very real person It is not at all difficult to imagine such a person walking some part of this earth in fleshWhile we read the thoughts and the convictions of the priest the lieutenant serves as the opposing voice Both have some ideals which I do not completely agree with but I also don't consider either of them to be totally wrong I also liked that the priest and the lieutenant though rivals are able to see the good in each other and have mutual respect Through these two characters Greene brings forth the impermanence of beliefs through which one defines what is right Life can always take such turns that one's firmly believed ideals cease to make sense anyAs the journey proceeds and we encounter various places and characters Greene also reveals the misery poverty disease and utter desolation that has engulfed these wastelands He captures the feeling of the place and the moment with just the right words Through his words you can almost feel the oppressive heat or the thundering rainstorm or the tranuility and freshness of an early morning Different characters that we meet give a sense of how bleak and despairing their life is There is a person who cannot shirk off the idea of death there is another with a desperate cheerfulness who has to constantly remind himself that he is happy There are several instances where we see the difference between the world view of adults and children Adults who have known better times and have only those memories to draw any happiness from While the only world their children have seen is this world of misery These children haven't known what happiness hope or faith means They have matured before they have aged All the playfulness and innocence of childhood has been drained awayAnother freuently encountered theme is that of abandonment The words 'abandoned' 'abandonment' crop up very oftenbe it a man who has abandoned his family a child abandoned by her father a man deserted in the forest However what Greene is really hinting at is the abandonment of this land and its people They are cut off from the rest of the world to rot in suffering while the world and civilization outside progress The future holds no promises all hope and faith has vanished Life has ceased to have any meaning God himself has ceased to exist Death is an everyday affair for them and life is just a duty to be performed from day to day without ever knowing its joy and charmShe said I would rather dieOh he said of course That goes without saying But we have to go on livingShe was one of those garrulous women who show to strangers the photographs of their children but all she had to show was coffinFor the most part the novel is bleak and grim but it speaks of hope as wellIt is one of the strange discoveries a man makes that life however you lead it contains moments of exhilaration there are always comparisons which can be made with worse timeseven in danger and misery the pendulum swingsGreene also reminds us of how peace and beauty can exist in the smallest of moments which people often fail to notice until it has been left far behindIt was nearly like peace but not uite For peace you needed human company his alone ness was like a threat of things to come Suddenly he remembered for no apparent reason a day of rain at the American seminary the glass windows of the library steamed over with central heating the tall shelves of sedate books and a young man a stranger from Tucson drawing his initials on the pane with his finger that was peace He looked at it from outside he couldn't believe he would ever again get inThere is so much I have to say about this novel I could never cover it all in a review Let me just say it is so very human

  4. Michael Michael says:

    Greene had an unerring eye for the sanctity of human weakness and the ominousness of human strengthI am re reading this book now and am amazed all over again by how Greene makes such poetry out of such mundane horror The hunted and haunted whiskey priest is a compellingly tragic figure and the idealistic fanatic policeman prefigures not only Cormac McCarthy in Blood Meridien but also so much modern wartime folly It became necessary to destroy the town to save it is a line that seems to come straight from this tale

  5. Paul Paul says:

    This is the first Greene I have read in years and it is a powerful novel It is set in Mexico and Greene has spent some time there in research The novel is about a priest; a whisky priest in a province of Mexico where the Catholic Church is banned and priests are shot The unnamed protagonist is a bad priest and a drunkard who has also fathered a child He is also a coward The title is taken from the end of The Lord's Prayer and there is religious imagery all over the place The priest rides a donkey to his inevitable capture having been given a chance to escape the peasant who betrays him is Judas Most of the other characters can be seen to represent someone in the gospel narratives; Maria padre Jose Tench etc The priest is a very imperfect Christ and the Lieutenant a very implacable reperesentative of authority who is ultimately moved by the priest The Lieutenant plays a much larger role than Pilate does in the gospels but there is a What is truth Moment The book represents Greene's own struggles with faith and the Church There are also themes relating to abandonment desolation hope and the bleakness of everyday life for the poor Greene's descriptive powers are very powerful and you can feel the stifling heat This is a thought provoking piece and managed to offend Catholics and atheists in eual measure; uite a neat trick I've known a few whisky priests in my time and remember one particular church and rectory which was locally christened St Glenfiddich's because of the drinking habits of the incumbent He didn't seem to do a great deal apart from drink but when the alcohol finally got him everyone turned out for the funeral and he was rather fondly remembered The whisky priest here doesn't do a great deal apart from move around and perform any religious duties he was forced to by the locals There is something here perhaps about being rather than doingWhile I don't share Greene's faith it is an interesting and powerful novel with hidden layers than I first perhaps realised

  6. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    589 The Labyrinthine Ways The Power and The Glory Graham GreeneThe Power and the Glory 1940 is a novel by British author Graham Greene The title is an allusion to the doxology often recited at the end of the Lord's Prayer For thine is the kingdom the power and the glory forever and ever amen It was initially published in the United States under the title The Labyrinthine Waysعنوانها جلال و قدرت؛ قدرت و جلال؛ قدرت و افتخار؛ مسیحای دیگر یهودای دیگر؛ نویسنده گراهام گرین وزارت فرهنگ و ارشاد اسلامی ادبیات؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز هشتم ماه دسامبر سال 1996 میلادیعنوان قدرت و افتخار؛ نویسنده گراهام گرین؛ مترجم عبدالله آزادیان؛ تهران، امیرکبیر، 1342؛ در 312 ص؛ چاپ دیگر 1393؛ شابک 9789640016664؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی سده 20 معنوان جلال و قدرت؛ نویسنده گراهام گرین؛ مترجم هرمز عبداللهی؛ تهران، طرح نو، 1373؛ در 325 ص؛ چاپ سوم 1387؛ عنوان مسیحای دیگر یهودای دیگر قدرت و جلال؛ نویسنده گراهام گرین؛ مترجم هرمز عبداللهی؛ تهران، چشمه، 1376؛ در 325 ص؛ جلال و قدرت را انتشارات طرح نو منتشر کرده، همین کتاب با نام «قدرت و جلال» در انتشارات چشمه چاپ شده استص 183 وقتی انسان بتواند چهره زن یا مردی را به‌ دقت در نظر مجسم کند، همیشه می‌تواند به او احساس ترحم نیز داشته باشد، این صفتی است که با تصویر خدا قرین و همراه است وقتی انسان خطهای گوشه چشمها و شکل دهان کسی را ببیند، و ببیند که موهایش چگونه رشد می‌کنند، دیگر محال است بتواند به او نفرت داشته باشد نفرت تنها از کمبود و درماندگی نیروی تخیل سرچشمه می‌گیرد امید غریزه‌ ای است که تنها ذهن استدلالی و معقول بشر می‌تواند آن را از بین ببردص 198 غریزه مانند حس وظیفه است – آدم آن را براحتی با وفاداری اشتباه می‌کندپایان نقل گراهام گرین این کتاب را پس از سفر به مکزیک، در سال 1938 میلادی، نوشتند، و در آن به وضعیت اسفبار مردمان کشور مکزیک در زمان اجرای قوانین ضدمذهبی دولت آن کشور پرداختند این اثر که هم در موضوع، و هم در محتوی به دفاع از ایمان مسیحی می‌پردازد، در زمره ی شاهکارهای ادبیات مذهبی غرب، قرار می‌گیرد، هر چند که تشبیه کشیش میخواره، و متزلزل داستان، به حضرت مسیح، موجب تقبیح این اثر، از سوی کلیسای کاتولیک شده است ا شربیانی

  7. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    Here we have a novel which takes faith at face value which for an atheist reader is a bit of a thwack round the fizzog with a wet towel This novel is all about the confession and all about the Mass And a little bit about the baptism too And the reality behind these rituals is that if they aren’t done properly by a priest YOU yes YOU could end up going to HELL because you might then die in a state of mortal sin ie outside the reach of the grace of God these are the rules don’t look at me like that it’s tough I know because Hell means infinite pain for all eternity and God will be okay with that because He created Hell and created these complicated rules so you better get a priest over right NOW since you’re looking a bit green and your eyes are puffy You could keel over at any minute So babies will get roasted in Hell if they don’t get baptized? So when the priest blesses the bread it then TRANSUBSTANTIATES into the actual body of Christ which is God although it still looks like bread so that when the priest puts it in the mouths of his faithful flock he is putting God into their mouths literally? this is what the priest in this novel says The first thing I think when confronted with these concepts which millions have believed and still believe is that I’m glad I don’t believe this kind of stuff because it seems to be very bad for your mental health which Graham Greene amply demonstrates And it’s this exact kind of stuff which so outraged the guys who made the Mexican revolution in the 1920s that they set about crushing and destroying the Catholic Church to the extent of hunting down and shooting priests And I was completely unaware of that So when I was reading Graham Greene’s novel and I found it was about a priest being hunted down by the military not because he’s a criminal but because he’s a priest I was like wow Heavy And this really happened? Yes it really did in Mexico between 1926 and 1934 Two things about this particular priest – he’s not got a name Now why do authors do this – have their protagonist being all nameless? It just makes it a bit portentous That wasn’t good The other thing is that he’s a whisky priest the definition of which is that he’s a bad one an alcoholic he’s fathered a child he’s not very pious He spends many pages desperately trying to get his hands on a bottle of brandy or twoThe whole novel is about him being hunted up mountain and down canyon often on the back of a mule just like Jesus by the also nameless lieutenant He’s now the last priest in the state all others having been shot or they’ve vamoosed or they’ve been forced to marry a woman no – fate worse than death to a priest and so been de fanged But our Father Nameless has ducked and dived for eight years but now he’s getting to the end of his tether As Martha and the Vandellas sang in 1964 there’s nowhere to run to baby nowhere to hide No village will give him shelter every man could be his Judas Iscariot So why didn’t this very bad priest just take a slow boat to China or give up and get married? After all this isn’t some brave wanna be martyr for the Holy Roman Apostolic Catholic Church He’s a sniveling whining self loathing reptile most of the time But he himself provides a great explanation When he realized he was the last priest in his state he was filled with euphoria Now at last there were no fellow priests to sneer at his drunken lacksadaisical ways He could make his own rules up He could be exactly the kind of priest he damn well wanted to be and no one to give him a hard time any I think that the novel wants in the end to show that martyrdom for the true faith can happen even in the sualor of this unpleasant man’s life and that the power and the glory may sometimes be located in the filth and the vileness Something along those lines I wasn’t too sure of the moral of it all What it meant to me was something uite differentThis was is a surprisingly savage nasty grim miseryfest a real feel bad book for Catholics atheists and Mexicans alike

  8. Perry Perry says:

    Classic Parable 1930s Mexico Paramount Importance Today A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him George Orwell Shooting an Elephant 1950Greene was driven to write this sympathetic novel about persecution of Mexican priests after visiting the Mexican province of Tabasco in 1938 at the height of the Mexican anti clerical purge of Marxist revolutionaries Upon returning home Greene called it the fiercest persecution of religion anywhere since the reign of Elizabeth Note obviously this was before the Nazis' slaughter of millions of Jews during WW IIThe Power and the Glory is Greene's nearly flawless parable of dualities in society and within us good vs evil spirituality vs materialism love vs hate and the freedom of the individual versus the intrusive and paternalistic stateGreene based the novel on the life of a real life whiskey priest who existed for ten years in the forest and swamps venturing out only at night It is structured as a game of cat and mouse between the priest and an unnamed Communist police lieutenant as part of an attempt to eradicate the country of CatholicismThe lieutenant despises the church and is obsessed with capturing the priest to execute him for the greater good of the state The communists' attempts backfired turning the priest into a martyr in the eyes of the people To me the novel's focus on hope and redemption and the lessons of Greene's realistic parable make it a classic The whiskey priest is a significantly flawed man a bad alcoholic who has been scandalized by fathering a child in a night of weakness with a peasant woman He is acutely aware of his defects and failures as both a man and a priest Although a man of the cloth with faith in a hereafter he is terrified of pain and of death and thus acknowledges his doubt His knowledge of self elevates him to the level of heroic in the novel as he is redeemed by his conviction that he is responsible for his sins and the suffering he has brought on others especially on his illegitimate daughter He especially feels a sharp pain when seeing her she's around 10 because she seems to have lost her innocence way too soon and thus he sees her as having scant hope for pleasure and happiness in the world His love for her and sense of responsibility for her plight her ruined purity crush the man The world was in her heart already like the small spot of decay in a fruit So through the sin of her conception and the love he has for her he finds salvation even in his darkest hour as the chase by the lieutenant and police force gets tighter and closerThough dark and tense this novel is so hopeful in Greene's vision and truth that even a most flawed man can achieve redemption if he can humbly accept his fallibility and responsibility for his sins and the harm he has caused others Indeed such a man can gain back respect and even be admired to the point of being heroic In today's world where our leaders spew spastic shit daily in 140 characters under a tweety bird full of noxious narcissism always passing the buck and refusing to admit even the possibility of their human fallibility or a sense of responsibility when things go wrong this parable seems a particularly important read for young adults and a must read reminder to the rest of us of our greater selves

  9. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    The Power and the Glory is the sort of title to inspire readers to great deeds pushing beyond the bounds of normal reading capabilities to turn pages at superhuman speed But alas no And why not? Afterall the premise is promisingA cynical whiskey priest sneaks about the poor rural lands of southern Mexico evading capture for the treasonous action of being a priest The uestion is whether he's on the lam to preach the word of god or to save his own neckI haven't read much Graham Greene but what I have read makes me think Greene could turn a phrase and slap a good sentence together right up there with some of the best of them The problem seems to be his plots They don't punch you like you expect I always seemed to be waiting for something out of this book and it never came and this isn't the first time it's happened with a Greene book Straight out of college I made a pledge to read through the works of respected authors I powered through Kafka and then Camus Both were exciting or at least interesting In hindsight I think I read them both at the perfect time in my lifeNext up was Greene He wrote over two dozen novels and then there were plays screenplays children's books travel journals short story collections Out of all that all I managed to read was The Man Within his less than spectacular first attempt at a novel Such were the deflating affects of that ho hum experience that twenty years passed before I picked up my second Greene A Gun For Sale aka This Gun For Hire It wasn't great but it was good enough to reignite my interest Since then I've renewed my pledge but with lowered expectations I just don't think I'll be able to bulldoze through his work If only his work was a bit exciting As you read on a growing sense that nothing will be resolved starts to envelope you and if you're a person that likes resolution you're up shit's creek paddle less my friend If you let the current take you you'll float along into a boggy morass of self doubt and moral ambiguity where you're left to stew in unpleasant juices like contemplating a poorly mixed metaphor Graham Greene writes thinking man's books and I don't mean books for smart folk necessarily I mean he intends you to ponder his ideas well after you've put the book down The Power and the Glory is just such a book That's fine but couldn't he have managed both? Say perhaps a thinking man's thriller? I'm just asking for a little spark It would make me leap to his next book

  10. Lyn Lyn says:

    The Power and the Glory Graham Greene’s 1940 novel about the Mexican state of Tabasco’s virulent anti church campaign in the 1930s is a powerful statement about courage duty and the persistence of faithGreene describes the flight of the “whiskey priest” a never named survivor in the state’s operation to rid all vestiges of Catholic faith even to the point of arresting priests finding them guilty of treason and executing them against a wall with firing suads Some priests were given the opportunity to renounce their faith to marry and to forgo their earlier dutiesGreene’s protagonist is a mixed bag of guilt dogmatic devotion to duty albeit a deeply conflicted one and in whose service he is often reluctant and finally saintly mettle During the priest's evasion from the police Greene introduces his readers to an unsavory assortment of characters who further illustrate the signs of the times; from the over zealous and idealistic Socialist Lieutenant who chases him to the various citizens with diverse reactions to his plight and to their own faithTold with warmth humor and an endearing faith in humanity to do what is right in spite of the difficulties Greene demonstrates his mastery of the language and his ability to create a work of lasting importance

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