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Book Review of The Power and the Glory

The Power and the Glory
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Helpful Score: 2

Considered one of Graham Greene's masterpieces, The Power and the Glory is a poignant spiritual and physical journey for its unnamed protagonist. In anticlerical early twentieth century Mexico, a whiskey priest (one whose personal life does not live up to the Church's teachings) is the last one on the run. A lieutenant is hunting for him, taking and killing hostages. Without being pedagogical, Greene offers vivid depictions of the historical moment and locale, based on his own travels, as well as memorable lines such as "hate is just a failure of the imagination." I truly enjoyed this novel on the list of 1001 books you should read before you die about flawed human beings struggling with faith, duty, and the meaning of life.

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