Our Man in Havana

Our Man in Havana

Book - 2007
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MI6's man in Havana is Wormold, a former vacuum-cleaner salesman turned reluctant secret agent out of economic necessity. To keep his job, he files bogus reports based on Charles Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare and dreams up military installations from vacuum-cleaner designs. Then his stories start coming disturbingly true...

First published in 1959 against the backdrop of the Cold War, Our Man in Havana remains one of Graham Greene's most widely read novels. It is an espionage thriller, a penetrating character study, and a political satire of government intelligence that still resonates today. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by Christopher Hitchens.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2007
ISBN: 9780142438008
Branch Call Number: GREENE G
PR6013.R44 O9 2007
Characteristics: xxiv, 228 p. ; 20 cm


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A novel set in Cuba by the British author Graham Greene. He makes fun of intelligence services, especially the British MI6, and their willingness to believe reports from their local informants. The book predates the Cuban Missile Crisis, but certain aspects of the plot, notably the role of missil... Read More »

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Jul 24, 2013

Loved it. So witty and funny.

Jan 06, 2011

it's a nice and easy book to read, specially for people who are learning English

Mar 05, 2010

This novel is a light-hearted espionage comedy about a reluctant secret agent, James Wormold, who constructs clever schemes to deceive the British Secret Service. The novel is set in Cuba during the regime of Fulgencio Batista and provides a realistic description of 1950's Cuba. I especially enjoyed the touching romance that blooms towards the end of the novel.


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