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Graham Greene : on the frontier : politics and religion in the novels / Maria Couto.

By: Couto, Maria.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1988Description: x, 249 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0312013566; 9780312013561; 0333443462; 9780333443460.Subject(s): Greene, Graham, 1904-1991 -- Political and social views | Politics and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century | Christian fiction, English -- History and criticism | Greene, Graham, 1904-1991 -- Religion | Politics in literature | Religion in literature | Greene, Graham | Politik (Motiv) | Religion (Motiv) | Roman | Christian fiction, English History and criticism | Greene, Graham Political and social views | Greene, Graham Religion | Politics and literature History 20th century Great Britain | Politics in literature | Religion in literatureDDC classification: 823/.912 Other classification: HM 2895
Contents:
Explorations -- The intimate enemy -- The religious sense -- England, my England -- Colons, intermediaries and exiles -- Hegemonies.
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Book University of Texas At Tyler
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PR6013.R44 Z63188 1988 (Browse shelf) Available 0000001390913

Bibliography: p. 241-245.

Includes index.

Explorations -- The intimate enemy -- The religious sense -- England, my England -- Colons, intermediaries and exiles -- Hegemonies.

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Although this critique examines Greene's whole career, its significance rests on focusing on Greene as a political writer--for example, his reactions to Castro, General Torrijos, the Vietnam War, and the present turmoil in Latin America. Understandably, many of the observations in this book are based on previous scholarship, but new information and interpretations are presented in the political sphere. Couto subordinates other aspects of Greene's work to his political and social viewpoints; Brighton Rock, for instance, is treated as essentially a political novel. Couto argues that freedom and human rights are Greene's major concerns, yet he does not seem to be too concerned about such matters in Poland or Lithuania--to cite just two instances. Couto swallows many of Greene's statements as gospel truth, ignoring the fact that over a 40-year period he has contradicted himself, grossly exaggerated, and indulged in flagrant distortion, bias, and slanting. At one point, she admits that it is "misleading to over-emphasize the political dimension in the novels"; the problem is that she does just that without any balancing with the other side of the issues. Nevertheless, graduate students will find some stimulating material, including an interesting interview, in this book. -P. A. Doyle, Nassau Community College

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