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Three Entertainments: This Gun For Hire/Ministry of Fear/Confidential Agent (Classic Crime)Three Entertainments: This Gun For Hire/Ministry of Fear/Confidential Agent by Graham Greene
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Somewhat readable book from Graham Greene. Graham Green does not write to my taste and his books live a bad taste in my mouth.
The book is about an agent who comes to England to secure coal for his civil war ravaged country. The book is about the various tribulations that he goes through in England where he is relentlessly chased by his enemies and by bad luck.
He is dogged by death in every step that he takes and ends up failing to secure the coal that he and his countrymen need to fight the war.
To know how he partly succeeds, read the book. That is the only redeeming part of the book.

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Travels with My AuntTravels with My Aunt by Graham Greene
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A nice read about a retired bank employee leading a peaceful life in some idyllic town of England. His life takes a turn when he passes away and meets his aunt, his mother’s sister, at the funeral. He has not met her for many years. She draws him into her circle and starts taking him for her tours abroad. It is truly a different experience for somebody who had never traveled out of his town.

During these trips she relates details of her life which involve various escapades that she had with the different men in her life. One of the first thing she reveals to him is that his mother was not his real mother but a step mother. This gives him the first shock. Slowly little by little he becomes inured and drawn into her tumultuous life.

He is taken to Turkey, to France and finally he finds himself traveling to Paraguay in South America. Here his aunt finally decides to settle down with a man whom she has loved, earlier in her life, and has been cheated out of her wealth by him. He finds himself settling with his aunt and her lover and helping them run a business of smuggling goods from Panama and selling them in the black market in Paraguay and Argentina.

A decent read.

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The Power and the GloryThe Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The book is about the travails of a Catholic priest in Mexico during the time (1914 – 1934) when Mexico was purging the priests from there country. A priest who had taken to drinking whiskys and had fathered a child.
The priest has a chance to get out of the country, but he is driven by his conscience to go back to try and cure the mother of a child who comes looking for him.
He gets stuck and is pursued by the police. The task of catching him and another offender from across the border is handed over to one over zealous officer. This officer uses this chance to eliminate the ones he wishes to and uses this as a threat to the local people into revealing the whereabouts of the priest.
He is helped by the villagers who wish to have his blessings despite his love of whisky and rumours about him having fathered a child.
When the first time the police officer encounters the priest he is saved by the woman with whom he has had a girl child. The girl also points to him as her father and so the police lets him go.
One of the informer tries to get the priest handed over to the police but chance helps the priest get away.
When he finally gets caught he is not recognized by the police and is let off after a night in the jail.
He is caught once again and this time they putting him in front of the firing squad.
Read the book if you wish to have some understanding of the rural Mexico during the era when they were eliminating the catholic priests. The author has painted a very good picture of the countryside Mexico and the situation at ground level during that era.

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