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The Comedians

by Graham Greene

Blackstone Audio | February 1, 2011 | Audio Book (CD)

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Three men meet on a ship bound for Haiti, where corruption and terror reign under the dictatorship of Papa Doc and the Tontons Macoute, his sinister secret police. Disillusioned and noncommittal, they are the "comedians" of Greene's title. Brown is a disenchanted English hotel owner; the Smiths are an American couple on a goodwill mission; Martha is the young wife of a Latin American diplomat; Jones is an engaging fool. They play their parts, respectable or shady, in the foreground, experiencing love affairs rather than love, enthusiasms but not a faith, and meaningless accidental deaths. Hiding behind their actors' masks, they hesitate on the edge of life, afraid of love, pain, and fear itself. With alternating comedy, irony, and grim violence, Greene weaves these lives in a pattern of mounting suspense.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.75 × 5.13 × 0.75 in

Published: February 1, 2011

Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1441703810

ISBN - 13: 9781441703811

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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The Comedians

by Graham Greene

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.75 × 5.13 × 0.75 in

Published: February 1, 2011

Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1441703810

ISBN - 13: 9781441703811

About the Book

Three men meet on a ship bound for Haiti, where corruption and terror reign. Disillusioned and noncommittal, they are the comedians of Greene's title, hiding from love and life's pain behind their chosen masks.

From the Publisher

Three men meet on a ship bound for Haiti, where corruption and terror reign under the dictatorship of Papa Doc and the Tontons Macoute, his sinister secret police. Disillusioned and noncommittal, they are the "comedians" of Greene's title. Brown is a disenchanted English hotel owner; the Smiths are an American couple on a goodwill mission; Martha is the young wife of a Latin American diplomat; Jones is an engaging fool. They play their parts, respectable or shady, in the foreground, experiencing love affairs rather than love, enthusiasms but not a faith, and meaningless accidental deaths. Hiding behind their actors' masks, they hesitate on the edge of life, afraid of love, pain, and fear itself. With alternating comedy, irony, and grim violence, Greene weaves these lives in a pattern of mounting suspense.

About the Author

Graham Greene (1904-1991) was an English novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. He was an ardent convert to Catholicism, and religious themes are at the root of much of his writing. He served with the Secret Intelligence Service during the Second World War. His novels are set in places in a state of seedy decay, and many of his locations, such as Vietnam in The Quiet American and Cuba in Our Man in Havana, became international crisis spots."
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