The Captain and the Enemy

The Captain and the Enemy

Book - 2005
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In Graham Greene's final novel a secretive stranger takes Victor Baxter out of a boarding school much like that of Greene's own youth. The "Captain" changes the boy's name to Jim and brings him to London to serve as a surrogate son to a mysterious woman named Liza. Raised in odd, touching circumstances, Jim never comprehends the enduring relationship between the Captain and Liza, and he struggles to understand what love itself is. Although the novel then takes the Captain and Jim into seedy political intrigue in Panama and Nicaragua, it finally returns to the question of what the proofs of human love are. John Auchard's introduction establishes links to Greene's biography as it considers the places in the lost past where themes that preoccupy a character-or a novelist-had their flashes of genesis.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2005
ISBN: 9780143039297
0143039296
Branch Call Number: GREENE G
Characteristics: xxv, 154 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Auchard, John

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lukasevansherman
Jun 25, 2014

Graham Greene was incredibly prolific, writing dozens of novels, short stories, film articles, screenplays, and memoirs. I've been reading him on and off for two decades and still haven't read all his books. He has his great books ("The Power and the Glory," "The Heart of the Matter"), his entertaining books ("The Third Man," "Our Man in Havana"), and his mediocre books ("The Comedians," "M. Quixote"). This final novel of his is the curious story of a boy taken from his boarding school by the mysterious Captain of the title. It end in Panama. Worth reading for the Greene completist, but not the Greene novel to start with.

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