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The power and the glory

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In a poor, remote section of southern Mexico, the Red Shirts have taken control. God has been outlawed, and the priests have been systematically hunted down and killed. Now, the last priest strives to overcome physical and moral cowardice in order to find redemption.

Graham Greene explores corruption and atonement in this penetrating novel set in 1930s Mexico during the era of Communist religious persecutions. As revolutionaries determine to stamp out the evils of the church through violence, the last Roman Catholic priest is on the lam, hunted by a police lieutenant. Despite his own sense of worthlessness--he is a heavy drinker and has fathered an illegitimate child--he is determined to continue to function as a priest until captured. He is contrasted with Padre José, a priest who has accepted marriage and embodies humiliation.

A Christian parable pitting God and religion against twentieth-century materialism, The Power and the Glory is considered by many, including the author himself, to be Greene's best work.

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710L
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This prize-winning novel of a fugitive priest in Mexico is quite simply "Graham Greene's masterpiece" (John Updike, The New York Review of Books).

In the Mexican state of Tabasco in the 1930s, all vestiges of Catholicism are being outlawed by the government. As churches are razed, icons are banned, and the price of devotion is execution, an unnamed member of the clergy flees. He's known only as the "whisky priest." Beset by heretical vices, guilt, and an immoral past, he's torn between self-destruction and self-preservation. Too modest to be a martyr, too stubborn to follow the law, and too craven to take a bullet, he now travels as one of the hunted—attending, in secret, to the spiritual needs of the faithful. When a peasant begs him to return to Tabasco to hear the confessions of a dying man, the whisky priest knows it's a trap. But it's also his duty—and possibly his salvation.

Named by Time magazine as one of the hundred best English-language novels written since 1923, The Power and the Glory is "a violent, raw" work on "suffering, strained faith, and ultimate redemption" (The Atlantic).

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subject_facet Anti-clericalism -- Fiction
Catholic Church -- Clergy -- Fiction
Catholic Church -- Fiction
Catholic Church -- Mexico -- Fiction
Catholic Church -- Persecution -- Fiction
Christian fiction
Clergy -- Fiction
Mexico -- Fiction
Mexico -- History -- 1910-1946 -- Fiction
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topic_facet Anti-clericalism
Catholic Church
Classic Literature
Clergy
Fiction
History
Literature
Persecution
Priests