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text 2019-12-12 15:17
Reading progress update: I've read 225 out of 225 pages.
Our Man In Havana - Graham Greene,Christopher Hitchens

Well, this was a quick read. But to be honest, I couldn´t put this book down. It was so good and it made me laugh in several places.

 

And to my fellow Germans here on Booklikes, who have read the book: Have you wondered as well, if Loriot´s vacuum cleaner salesman is a spy in disguise?

 

 

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From now on he will be a spy in my mind, forever and always.

 

Book: Read a book set in Africa or the Caribbean, by an African, Caribbean, or African-American author, with a green, red, or black cover, or with crops of the earth or a native African animal on the cover (Lion, giraffe, cheetah, etc.).

 

 

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text 2019-12-12 07:21
Reading progress update: I've read 80 out of 225 pages.
Our Man In Havana - Graham Greene,Christopher Hitchens

"Fiendish, isn´t it?" the Chief said. "The ingenuity, the simplicity, the devilish imagination of the thing." He removed his black monocle and his baby-blue eye caught the light and made it jig on the wall over the radiator. "See this one here six times the height of a man. Like a gigantic spray. And this - what does this remind you of?"

Hawthorne said unhappily. "A two-way nozzle."

"What´s a two-way nozzle?"

"You sometimes find them with a vacuum cleaner."

"Vacuum cleaner again. Hawthorne, I believe we may be on to something so big that the H-Bomb will become a conventional weapon."

 

Oh gosh, this chapter made me laugh so hard and this doesn´t happen very often to me while reading a book. I´m really loving this story so far. 

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quote 2019-12-12 06:57
He began to realize what the criminal class knows so well, the impossibility of explaining anything to a man in power.
Our Man In Havana - Graham Greene,Christopher Hitchens

Page 67 - Vintage paperback edition

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text 2019-12-11 18:48
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 225 pages.
Our Man In Havana - Graham Greene,Christopher Hitchens

After having read "A Spy Among Friends", I´ve really been in the mood for some spy fiction. And since Graham Greene knew the major players of the Philby affair in real life, I thought it would be a good place to start with one of his books.

 

So I asked BrokenTune for advice and she told me that "Our Man in Havana" would be a good place to start. Plus, it fits one of the 24 tasks.

 

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review 2019-09-20 07:48
The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene
The Power and the Glory - Graham Greene

This was a bit of a struggle, being twice as long as its limited ambition requires - that ambition being to illustrate the weakness, fallability and moral confusion of a Catholic priest, tempered by a hint of hope. At least this was acheived.

 

The setting is a Southern State of Mexico where a deadly Catholic purge has been underway for ten years. The churches have burned and the priests have fled, or been killed, or renounced their vocations - except for one. Quite how such a stupid, vacilating character managed to evade capture for so long is beyond comprehension, but nevermind - even more frustrating is that the situation is never explained. Why is the purge happening? Why is it State-wide but not Nation-wide? What year is it, anyway? Why are distilled spirits and wine illegal when beer is legal? I don't know if ignoring all this was meant to make the story more like a parable or if Greene's obsession with Catholic angst just rendered all context unimportant to him, but for me it was a missed opportunity.

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