The Captain And The Enemy

Paperback | March 1, 1999

byGraham Greene, Greene Graham

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Victor Baxter is a young boy when a secretive stranger known simply as “the Captain” takes him from his boarding school to live in London. Victor becomes the surrogate son and companion of a woman named Liza, who renames him “Jim” and depends on him for any news about the world outside their door. Raised in these odd yet touching circumstances, Jim is never quite sure of Liza’s relationship to the Captain, who is often away on mysterious errands. It is not until Jim reaches manhood that he confronts the Captain and learns the shocking truth about the man, his allegiances, and the nature of love. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by John Auchard.

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The last in Graham Greene’s extraordinary oeuvre of modern British novels, The Captain and the Enemy explores all of the brilliant writer’s literary obsessions -- sex, power, faith and morality. This is an exquisite novel of dark complexity and betrayal, the poignant and disturbing story of a young boy’s odd coming-of-age. The Captain ...

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Victor Baxter is a young boy when a secretive stranger known simply as “the Captain” takes him from his boarding school to live in London. Victor becomes the surrogate son and companion of a woman named Liza, who renames him “Jim” and depends on him for any news about the world outside their door. Raised in these odd yet touching circu...

Graham Greene (1904-1991), whose long life nearly spanned the length of the twentieth century, was one of its greatest novelists. Educated at Berkhamsted School and Balliol College, Oxford, he started his career as a sub-editor of The Times of London. He began to attract notice as a novelist with his fourth book, Orient Express, in 193...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 10.7 × 8.2 × 0.35 inPublished:March 1, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 13:9780140188554

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The last in Graham Greene’s extraordinary oeuvre of modern British novels, The Captain and the Enemy explores all of the brilliant writer’s literary obsessions -- sex, power, faith and morality. This is an exquisite novel of dark complexity and betrayal, the poignant and disturbing story of a young boy’s odd coming-of-age. The Captain of the title and his mysterious friend, Liza, raise the young student to manhood, at which point the Captain’s dark secret comes to light and the young man makes a painful choice.