The Comedians

The Comedians

Audiobook CD - 2011
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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 good-will 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.
Publisher: [Ashland, OR] : Blackstone Audiobooks, p2011, c1965.
ISBN: 9781441703804
1441703802
9781441703781
1441703780
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (ca. 10.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Porter, Joseph
Blackstone Audio, Inc
Summary: 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 good-will 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.

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joliebergman
Jun 01, 2018

Got halfway through the novel and just skipped to the very end, promising myself that I would learn more about this period of Haiti’s history through other books - any other books.

Skipping to the end, I grumbled and wondered to myself: “Have I even read other works by Greene?” To my complete astonishment I’ve already read three others (The Quiet American, The Power and the Glory, and The Third Man). I have absolutely no recollection of reading any of these but thank goodness I left at least one review: “…what is it about Graham Greene’s writing that leaves me feeling completely, totally, painfully hung-over by the end of the story…?”

And now it all makes sense. This will be the last I’ll be seeing of Greene - seems we mix like oil and water.

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