Our Man In Havana PDF/EPUB ↠ Our Man ePUB ¹

Our Man In Havana❮PDF❯ ✅ Our Man In Havana Author Graham Greene – Varanus.us Wormold is a vacuum cleaner salesman in a city of power cuts His adolescent daughter spends his money with a skill that amazes him, so when a mysterious Englishman offers him an extra income he s temp Wormold is a vacuum cleaner salesman in a city of power cuts His adolescent daughter spends his money with a skill that amazes him, Our Man ePUB ¹ so when a mysterious Englishman offers him an extra income he s tempted In return all he has to do is carry out a little espionage and file a few reports But when his fake reports start coming true, things suddenly get complicated and Havana becomes a threatening place.

Our Man In Havana PDF/EPUB ↠ Our Man  ePUB ¹
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • Our Man In Havana
  • Graham Greene
  • English
  • 04 May 2017
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  1. says:

    The 1967 Nobel Prize committee for literature didn t know what they were doing They snubbed their nose at Graham Greene because apparently he wrote too many entertainments Our Man in Havana is one such entertainment, which means it won t have you sobbing into the creases of your book like you might do in The End of the Affair, or swooning over incredibly insightful sentences describing human failings and observations The tone of this book is not serious, it s comedic Our hero is a man na The 1967 Nobel Prize committee for literature didn t know what they were doing They snubbed their nose at Graham Greene because apparently he wrote too many entertainments Our Man in Havana is one such entertainment, which means it won t have you sobbing into the creases of your book like you might do in The End of the Affair, or swooning over incredibly insightful sentences describing human failings and observations The tone of this book is not serious, it s comedic Our hero is a man named Wormold say no, a vacuum cleaner salesman who s been left by his wife to raise his manipulative and haughtily Catholic daughter all on his own.He s in a perpetual state of bewilderment, an innocent in a life that happens to him So when an agent from MI6 approaches him to do his duty as an Englishman, he finds himself in the world of spies and agents and secret codes and plots to kill No one ispoorly suited to this job than Wormold, and his passivity, his lack of creativity, lead him into a whole mess of trouble And we, the reader, are entertained.It s sophisticated and clever and tremendous fun It doesn t in the least bit diminish my respect for the brilliant Mr Greene as a serious writer In fact, it shows me that he s not a one trick pony He doesn t just wax on about his love hate relationship with God He does that, yes and so well but he can also make me laugh I wonder sometimes if that humour is the most challenging thing of all That, and having readability, over 50 years after the fact.Speaking of, in 1967, who won the Nobel Prize for literature Miguel Angel Asturias Read him lately Ever even heard his name Yeah, I didn t think so Maybe he didn t write enough entertainments


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    Patriotic Englishman Been here for years Respected member of the European Traders Association We must have our man in Havana, you know Submarines need fuel Dictators drift together Big ones draw in the little ones If there was an award for most unlikely to succeed as a spy, Englishman James Wormold would definitely be in the running You see, he is a vacuum salesman, whose latest machine, the Atomic Pile Cleaner , is not selling well due to its unfortunate name After all, this novel tPatriotic Englishman Been here for years Respected member of the European Traders Association We must have our man in Havana, you know Submarines need fuel Dictators drift together Big ones draw in the little ones If there was an award for most unlikely to succeed as a spy, Englishman James Wormold would definitely be in the running You see, he is a vacuum salesman, whose latest machine, the Atomic Pile Cleaner , is not selling well due to its unfortunate name After all, this novel takes place in Cuba during the Cold War but prior to the Cuban missile crisis With sales down and a beautiful and manipulative teenage daughter to maintain, Wormold is in need of some easy cash When he is approached by British Intelligence agent Hawthorne to serve as an undercover agent within Cuba, he initially thinks there must be some mistake What on earth could they want with an ordinary, humble man like himself to serve his home countryIt always seemed strange to Wormold that he continued to exist for others when he was not there It seems Wormold has been given no choice in the matter, however Hawthorne won t take no for an answer As well, his daughter Milly has just purchased a horse and along with a number of other expenses he is compelled to accept the position What follows is a hilarious story of a man who has bitten offthan he can chew He has no idea what a spy should be doing, and so invents both subagents and reports of covert activities A number of interesting characters share the stage with Wormold and offer up some entertaining dialogue as well Before long, much to his dismay, his fiction is becoming alarmingly all too realIt astonished Wormold how quickly he could reply to any questions about his characters they seemed to live on the threshold of consciousness he had only to turn a light on and there they were, frozen in some characteristic action This little novel is highly entertaining There is humor, adventure, and a little splash of romance When Wormold s life and the lives of those he cares about most are in danger, he must act and step up to the plate and play the role of unlikely hero Does he succeed Well, read this one and find out This is my first Graham Greene book, and from what I understand a bit different from hisserious work It s a quick read that ought to please just about any readerYou should dream , Mr Wormold Reality in our century is not something to be faced


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    Graham Greene is one of the most highly regarded British authors of the 20th century The American novelist John Irving has paid tribute to him, calling him,the most accomplished living novelist in the English language Very popular as a thriller writer, writingentertainments , as he called them, Graham Greene also wrote deeply serious Catholic novels, which received much literary acclaim, although he never actually won the Nobel prize for Literature In these he examined contemporary moral a Graham Greene is one of the most highly regarded British authors of the 20th century The American novelist John Irving has paid tribute to him, calling him,the most accomplished living novelist in the English language Very popular as a thriller writer, writingentertainments , as he called them, Graham Greene also wrote deeply serious Catholic novels, which received much literary acclaim, although he never actually won the Nobel prize for Literature In these he examined contemporary moral and political issues through a Catholic perspective Many of them are powerful Christian portrayals, concerning the struggles within the individual s soul He argued vehemently against being characterised as a Catholic novelist however, saying that he was a novelist who happened to be a Catholic Graham Greene had been an unhappy child, attempting suicide several times according to his autobiography, and as an adult he suffered from bi polar disorder Of this, he said,Unfortunately, the disease is also one s material Our Man in Havana though is a product of the other side of Greene s imagination It is a humorous suspense novel a spoof spy story, incorporating two of his favourite themes espionage and politics Greene had actually been recruited by MI6 during World War II, and had worked in counter espionage Earlier, in 1922, he had been a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain His experience from such times provided much of the inspiration for the characters in Our Man in Havana In it he pokes fun at the intelligence services, especially the British MI6 Yet the novel also has a darkly philosophic edge, and its conclusion is very bleak.Our Man in Havana was written in 1958, and set in Cuba before the missile crisis of 1962 In some ways the book feels very reminiscent of spy stories dating from World War II, and in others, such as the parts of the plot about missile installations, it seems to anticipate coming events.The tone of the novel is light and droll, occasionally lapsing into outright farce There is little description the language is simple and direct to the point of being spare Graham Greene s realism and lean writing his readability is considered to be one of his greatest strengths One critic has said,nothing deflects Greene from the main business of holding the reader s attention The main character in the story is James Wormold, a mild mannered vacuum salesman who seems oddly isolated in Cuba He is surrounded by other characters described in high relief, his manipulative Catholic daughter Millie, a political gangster Segura, and his closest friend who is also an isolated enigma, the World War I veteran, Dr Hasselbache When the bumbling Wormold, desperate for money to indulge his spendthrift daughter, is approached by Hawthorne, he is at first disbelieving view spoiler Hawthorne offers him a job working for the British secret service, which Wormold has misgivings about However he slips into the job, conjuring up whatever seems to be demanded of him, drawing complicated diagram of bits of his vacuum cleaners to represent various missile components, and inventing fictitious contacts hide spoilerIt astonished Wormold how quickly he could reply to any questions about his characters they seemed to live on the threshold of consciousness he had only to turn a light on and there they were, frozen in some characteristic action As the events unfold, Wormold s descriptions become increasingly elaborate and, to a reader s eye, the scenarios unlikely and farcical, with Wormold himself ruminating on the way his life is proceedingPeople similar to himself had done this, men who allowed themselves to be recruited while sitting in lavatories, who opened hotel doors with other men s keys and received instructions in secret ink and in novel uses for Lamb s Tales from Shakespeare There was always another side to a joke, the side of the victimview spoiler The willingness of MI6 to believe reports from their local informants becomesandastonishing andanddeadly hide spoilerHe had no accomplice except the credulity of other men Yet in the middle of his humdrum life, real people were becoming the victims, people he knew, people who had been his friends Life for Wormold was beginning to take on a surreal aspect,Somebody always leaves a banana skin on the scene of tragedy Wormold becomes entangled in a web of his own making, inadvertent as it is The abstract idea has become the individual his individual responsibilityI don t care a damn about men who are loyal to the people who pay them, to organisations I don t think even my country means all that much There are many countries in our blood, aren t there, but only one person Would the world be in the mess it is if we were loyal to love and not to countries At times like this we can see Greene s underlying message,If I love or if I hate, let me love or hate as an individual,says Wormold, and the author himself has said,In human relationships, kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths The book is a bitter black farce, with an ending as much of a banana skin as any I have ever read, with Wormold partly a puppet, partly a numb automaton, and partly ridiculously incompetent Depending on your sense of humour, you may find the climax hysterically funnyThere s not much difference between the two machines anythan there is between two human beings, one Russian or German and one British There would be no competition and no war if it wasn t for the ambition of a few men in both firms just a few men dictate competition and invent needs and set Mr Carter and myself at each other s throats Our Man In Havana was famously filmed by Carol Reed, with Alec Guinness playing the part of Wormold Many of Graham Greene s novels, plays and short stories have been adapted for film or television He is perhaps one of the most cinematic of twentieth century writers he tells a good yarn, an exciting adventure story However this one perhaps hadresonance at the time The themes of an individual against an organised society, of conscience and responsibility these are timeless, yes But it could be said that the specific setting now feels rather dated


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    This is one of Graham Greene s thrillers which he labeled as entertainments as a warning to his audience not to take these books seriously Our Man in Havana definitely needs such a warning There is no reason to take the book seriously at all.The plot is promising Havana vacuum cleaner Wormold, owner of an Havana vacuum cleaner shop, hard pressed to satisfy the expensive tastes horses, country club of his beautiful, manipulative and motherless teenage daughter, decides when recruited by This is one of Graham Greene s thrillers which he labeled as entertainments as a warning to his audience not to take these books seriously Our Man in Havana definitely needs such a warning There is no reason to take the book seriously at all.The plot is promising Havana vacuum cleaner Wormold, owner of an Havana vacuum cleaner shop, hard pressed to satisfy the expensive tastes horses, country club of his beautiful, manipulative and motherless teenage daughter, decides when recruited by MI6 to pad his espionage expense account by inventing agents and mysterious government installations This works well for him, until the real life model for one of his imaginary agents is found shot to death Suddenly, his serviceable fictions have become unfortunately real.The book has other pleasures or virtues in addition to its clever plot. The Havana atmosphere is vivid, particularly the tawdry parts of the city, the dialogue is witty and diverting, and the climax in which our hero stalks a killer who has been assigned to kill him is not without excitement Many of the scenes are funny, and the way Greene presents his hero as simply another variety of fiction provides opportunity for revealing observations and asides.But an entertainment, however unserious, demands some sense of danger, and whatever dangerousness the first part of the book created for me, the latter part of the book dissipated Although this is a curious thing to say, I believe the sense of danger began to dissipate as soon as the bodies began to fall.Part of the reason for this is that Our Man in Havana is set in the sunset days of Batita s Cuba Castro and his rebels were already in the hills although Greene does not mention this , and one of the characters, Captain Segura, who is known to be one of Batista s torturers, seeks Wormold s daughter Milly in marriage Thus Wormold playing at spies particularly in this place, at this time seems like an extraordinarily dangerous thing to do, both for himself and for his daughter Yet not long after the first agent is killed, Greene begins to exploit the situation for romance, laughs, and adventure It was then I realized that Greene took his plot much less seriously than I did, and I began little by little to lose interest in the book.Still, the book was entertaining, with some laughs, some thrills, and an interesting discussion of what are good reasons for engaging in violence hint working for Batista or for MI6 are not acceptable choices All, in all, a good way to spend a couple of hours or so provided you are willing at least for brief while not to take dictatorships, torture, revolution, and murder too seriously


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    Comedy Thriller Daquiri, With a Dash of Shakespeare I don t care a damn about men who are loyal to the people who pay them, to organizations I don t think even my country means all that much Would the world be in the mess it is if we were loyal to love and not to countries Beatrice, to WormoldOkay, this may not be one of the very best of Graham Greene novels, but in re reading it after all these years I appreciated so much what a great writer can do with a lesser lighter story Greene Comedy Thriller Daquiri, With a Dash of Shakespeare I don t care a damn about men who are loyal to the people who pay them, to organizations I don t think even my country means all that much Would the world be in the mess it is if we were loyal to love and not to countries Beatrice, to WormoldOkay, this may not be one of the very best of Graham Greene novels, but in re reading it after all these years I appreciated so much what a great writer can do with a lesser lighter story Greene made distinctions between his books that some of us might contend with he divides his fiction writing between novels serious stuff and entertainments, and this book he puts in the latter category, but I d say it was better written than most novels anywhere Why be a snob about your own spy thrillers and mysteries This is really good Our Man in Havana takes place during the Batista regime, 1958, one year before the Castro Revolution, some years before the Cuban Missile Crisis, but presaging all this in some ways Greene had been a journalist in Havana What did he know Well, what we know he knows is Catholicism and guilt and anguish, in masterpieces such as The Power and the Glory and The End of the Affair, but in Havana and some other books Greene here also reveals he knows his thrillers, opening surprisingly with clever humor, turning deadly serious in the end Is this Greene s ode to Hitchcock Wormold is a British ex pat selling vacuum cleaners and not very well in Havana, with his daughter Millie who may want to be a nun but seems like an unlikely candidate, spending most of Dad s money So when the British Secret Service comes to conscript him to play a role in the anti Commie cause, he reluctantly agrees, and as with vacuum cleaners, he doesn t know how to do it, really Desperate to get paid, he fabricates reports he conveys to MI6 in code using Charles Lamb s Tale of Shakespeare He takes photographs of vacuum cleaner parts and sends them with the cryptic Lamb quotes back to London This seems to work out pretty well, until it doesn t, and some serious things happen to put the stop to the laughs, veering the tale in the direction of dark farce And then, there s this kind of prophetic aspect to the farce that emerges Just a couple of years after the publication of this silly book Greene would appear to have known something, in that the Russians may have actually been building missile sites aimed at the US Goofy Wormold made up stories that ended up becoming actually true, in the end So Wormold is a bad vacuum cleaner salesman as spy But he s not quite a spy And Lamb s Tales of Shakespeare is not really quite Shakespeare The lust that Chief of Police Segura has for Millie is not quite love The truths in Havana emerge out of shadows We or they can t always tell the real from the artificial These twists and turns make their way into turns of phrase, told in the form of oxymoronic ironies and contradictions As long as nothing happens anything is possible You should dreamReality in our century is not something to be faced As long as you lie, you do no harm Don t learn from experience, Millie Isn t it wonderful that you always get what you pray for I believe you exist, so you do That s the real pleasure in Greene here The language and logic play, with moral implications under all the cleverness Oh Right Besides giving a nod to Hitchcock, I see it s an ode to Shakespeare, as well I really liked this and have ordered the movie with Alec Guinness as Wormold


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    I had come across two lists mentioning the top 100 mystery crime novels some time back Both the lists one by Britain based Crime Writers Association and the other by Mystery Writers of America, contained multiple books by Graham Greene You can find both the lists here Link The CWA list was published in 1990 and the MWA list in 1995 Pretty long time back but the books included are very fine specimens of crime writing.I had read Greene s The Human Factor long time back and for some reason t I had come across two lists mentioning the top 100 mystery crime novels some time back Both the lists one by Britain based Crime Writers Association and the other by Mystery Writers of America, contained multiple books by Graham Greene You can find both the lists here Link The CWA list was published in 1990 and the MWA list in 1995 Pretty long time back but the books included are very fine specimens of crime writing.I had read Greene s The Human Factor long time back and for some reason that book did not impress me much But this one was simply brilliant The edition I got from my library contained an introduction by Christopher Hitchens Reading this introduction I got some insights about the author and how his childhood and beliefs influenced his works Hitchens also says that John Le Carre had been influenced by Greene.Greene had a victim of bullying in his childhood and this exerted no little influence on his works His pro Communist sympathies, dependence on alcohol, his rejection of the notion of patriotism, anti American sentiments all are present in his books.Hitchens also mentioned Greene sspooky prescience when it came to the suppurating political slums on the periphery of America s Cold War empireI would suggest that you check out this book and The Quiet American if you want to understand .Anyways, let us go to the story The protagonist is Jim Wormold, a vacuum cleaner saleman whose business is not doing well and whose daughter Milly had a knack of spending his money with a skill that amazed Wormold Our hero is not a forceful character, it seemed to me that he, like the author, had been a victim of bullying he is gratified when his daughter set a bully on fire and oh yes his wife has left him for another man as well.Wormold gets an offer to be recruited by a British agent to spy for the British Intelligence and after some initial reluctance he agrees because he needed the money for Milly s education So he invents a false spy ring and starts feeding rubbish to British Secret Service.There are some other interesting characters as well Wormold s daughter Milly, Captain Segura and Dr Hasselbacher Milly is a good bad adolescent girl who is a staunch Catholic on one hand and can be a bit of a tart on the other.Captain Segura of the Cuban Police is a pretty intimidating character.Dr Hasselbacher is the person for whom one would feel sympathy Greene s contempt for the British spy agency has been brilliantly presented throughout the novel some parts are actually funny if not hilarious.Very soon the little fraud by Wormold escalates in to something dangerous and people start dying Betrayal, deception, subterfuge, greed, confusion, manipulation the elements have so nicely used by the author There is a scene involving a certain man and his lady problems which was actually hilarious.I liked the way how the character of Wormwold evolved from a harmless man to one who would use subterfuge to outwit Segura and even plan for revenge This reluctance to know intimate details about the man he is trying to kill so that his intended victim a killer himself, does not turn into a human being showed his moral scruples even when he was trying to avenge a friend The scene where Wormwold would try to outwit Segura was wonderful.The book is full of brilliant dialogues and statements Initially I thought of including some of them, but later I felt I should not spoil your pleasure if you plan to read it someday In my humble opinion, the writing is excellent.I simply have to recommend this book to fans of John Le Carre s style of thrillers There are no fancy gadgets, car chases, femme fatales but you get a good story and some fine writing.While reading the blurb of the book I was reminded of The Tailor of Panama by John Le Carre Later I found articles which stated that Le Carre was indeed influenced by this book You can refer to the articles by NY Times Link and The Guardian Link if you are interested


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    Graceless, gormless Wormold, a British sales agent for an American vacuum cleaner company in barely pre Revolution Havana, has a problem His adolescent daughter Milly, a manipulative and materialistic minx, spends well beyond his paltry earnings in her quest to ensnare the Red Vulture That s a person, not a bird, one Captain Segura, who is the police torturer and possessor of a cigarette case covered in human skin An assertion Milly makes but Segura denies Wormold is fighting a losing batt Graceless, gormless Wormold, a British sales agent for an American vacuum cleaner company in barely pre Revolution Havana, has a problem His adolescent daughter Milly, a manipulative and materialistic minx, spends well beyond his paltry earnings in her quest to ensnare the Red Vulture That s a person, not a bird, one Captain Segura, who is the police torturer and possessor of a cigarette case covered in human skin An assertion Milly makes but Segura denies Wormold is fighting a losing battle, trying to sell a home appliance that s less useful than a broom in a country that s teetering on the brink of collapse The power goes off too often to make it a sensible purchase, despite Wormold s trips to Cienfuegos the Cuban Navy s main port and points east where the Revolutionary Army is strongest to drum up business What he does drum up is the interest of the state security apparatus You see, Wormold is a British spy.Good heavens, not a real one He was worrying his way through a daily daiquiri with his German friend Dr Hasselbacher when a Brit called Hawthorne inveigles him into the bathroom That sounds, well, louche is I suppose the least offensive term, but it s what happens so have a s ance and take it up with Greene if it s too sordid for you What Hawthorne wants, I suppose, is a reason to visit Havana from his base instaid Kingston, Jamaica In 1958, when the book takes place, Havana was the Las Vegas of the Caribbean It also doesn t hurt his standing with MI6 to have a sub agent in uneasy, revolution bound Cuba Wormold gets the nod, though to be honest I don t see a single reason whyoh waitMilly the Minx is spending Daddy into bankruptcy her initial salvo when we meet her is to demand a horse to go with the saddle she s just bought so of course Wormold is in need of funds Money always talks to men with debts From that match to fuse moment, a farce of atomic power begins to whirl from one end of the world to the other Some sage adivce given to Wormold by WWI veteran Hasselbacher, to make his reports to London out of whole cloth on the principle that no one can disprove a lie, leads to Wormold s entire life being turned upside down As he hurries from fire to fire atop an ever increasing reactor fire of anxiety into terror, Wormold s lies begin to morph into the truth Hawthorne s sub agent becomes London s Agent of the Month, so to speak, as the wildly inventive reports he files bear fruit As the book was written long before the events of the Missile Crisis, it really seems as though Greene was prescient He has Wormold invent secret bases where mysterious equipment drawings attached to his report were actually of a scaled up vacuum cleaner was being assembled MI6 wants photos, of course Raul the pilot an invented sub agent of Wormold s suddenly dies in a crash This is evidence that Wormold is onto something, obviously.More andof Wormold s fabulous reports are borne out as his contacts begin to suffer for his lies Wormold himself comes in for assassination by the Other Side He averts his fate, being a devout coward, and then has to do the worst imaginable thing to escape retribution Read it, you ll see In the end, Greene can t design a better fate for Wormold and Milly than the one he puts on the page It s perfect, it flows naturally from what s happened in the story, and it s hilarious The humor of this book, like most of Greene s work, is dark to black Be warned that there is little of this sixty year old send up of National Security run amok that isn t viewable as critical of the State from 2019 s perspective as well Is that sad or inevitable, or perhaps both My favorite moment in the story comes when Wormold, busily inventing actions for his fictitious sub agents to get up to, muses on the creative process Sometimes he was scared at the way these people grew in the dark without his knowledge.Beautifully said, Author Greene Just beautiful And so very true


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    This is a fun read, the story of an accidental spy Mr Wormold love that name sells vacuum cleaners in Havana, not very successfully, until one day he is recruited by a British agent to work for his country while living in that no longer romantic foreign outpost To be a secret agent Well the story takes off from there with a cast of slightly crazy characters Wormold s religiously manipulative daughter Milly, Captain Segura the head of the local police who has mastered torture, locals of va This is a fun read, the story of an accidental spy Mr Wormold love that name sells vacuum cleaners in Havana, not very successfully, until one day he is recruited by a British agent to work for his country while living in that no longer romantic foreign outpost To be a secret agent Well the story takes off from there with a cast of slightly crazy characters Wormold s religiously manipulative daughter Milly, Captain Segura the head of the local police who has mastered torture, locals of varying nationalities, and multiple members of the spy community It is with considered purpose I do not use the term intelligence to describe that community This is a great read that is timeless in it s message and story Enjoy.Edited this morning to reflect my decision that this is a 5 star book


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    When I was a youngster I read a lot of Graham Greene This one feels to me to be less typical, Catholicism isn t such a feature and guilt isn t quite such an overwhelming presence as in some of his other novels By contrast this is fairly light.It s an enjoyable read and there s a value that still seems fairly relevant in it s message of being mindful of the potential sources of intelligence information.Greene seems to have suffered a fall in Grace as according to the county library catalogue he When I was a youngster I read a lot of Graham Greene This one feels to me to be less typical, Catholicism isn t such a feature and guilt isn t quite such an overwhelming presence as in some of his other novels By contrast this is fairly light.It s an enjoyable read and there s a value that still seems fairly relevant in it s message of being mindful of the potential sources of intelligence information.Greene seems to have suffered a fall in Grace as according to the county library catalogue he is not even on the shelves any , perhaps other writers meet the public need for neo Catholic guilt and religious strivings today


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    This is the first of Graham Greene s novels I ve read that is classed as one of his entertainments so I wasn t at all sure what to expect The style, tone and nature of Our Man in Havana clearly has a very different feel to hisserious novels Heart of the Matter , End of the Affair et al and as such is quite distinct from that oeuvre Our Man in Havana is very well written as you would expect from Graham Greene and is certainly very entertaining, very funny throughout The plot This is the first of Graham Greene s novels I ve read that is classed as one of his entertainments so I wasn t at all sure what to expect The style, tone and nature of Our Man in Havana clearly has a very different feel to hisserious novels Heart of the Matter , End of the Affair et al and as such is quite distinct from that oeuvre Our Man in Havana is very well written as you would expect from Graham Greene and is certainly very entertaining, very funny throughout The plot is ostensibly based on the farcical premise of an English vacuum cleaner salesman stationed in a pre revolutionary Havana, being recruited by the British Secret Service, leading to the subsequent reports and actions that he takes in fulfilling his new espionage role As such, the story often has very much the feel of a traditional farce to it albeit an intelligent and very funny one and one contains many elements in it that feel to the reader almost feasible, almost believable So whilst Our Man in Havana is essentially light hearted and loads of fun, perhaps there are elements in and amongst which do convey aserious message s and allude toserious themes for our consideration Whilst maybe not considered as great, as profound, as meaningful nor of the same import as Graham Greene s serious novels it is clearly not intended to be so There is however equally a place for the intelligent, witty and well written entertainment such as this one, just as much as for the serious novel.This is compelling written and very evocative of a pre revolutionary Havana I was lucky enough to visit Havana around 15 years ago now and although faded and in some cases crumbling, the grandeur and uniqueness of Havana, frozen as it is in time since 1959, make it a special, exciting and fascinating place The Havana described by Greene is still there very much to see albeit, in its 21st Century version Our Man in Havana is a very well, very compellingly written novel Wormold is a great creation very funny and in a strange kind of way almost believable

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