The Comedians

Graham Greene

Joseph Porter (Narrator)

02-01-94

11hrs 9min

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02-01-94

11hrs 9min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Classics

Description

“One of Graham Greene’s most chilling and prophetic novels.” Amazon.com editorial review

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. With alternating comedy, irony, and grim violence, Greene weaves these lives in a pattern of mounting suspense.

Praise

“One of Graham Greene’s most chilling and prophetic novels.” Amazon.com editorial review

“Laughter is possible even in the dark night of Haiti…A vision that is at once comic and intensely serious…A major novel!” Roger Sharrock, author of Saints, Sinners and Comedians

“Greene’ Comedians is eminently, expertly stylish. It may not be his most important book but a good many attractive adjectives apply.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“One of his best novels…The Haiti of The Comedians is grainy, visceral, forthright, and true.” Chicago Tribune

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Language English
Release Day Jan 31, 1994
Release Date February 1, 1994
Release Date Machine 760060800
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Classics, Political, Classics, Evergreen Classics, Evergreen Classics, Classics, Fiction - All, Fiction - Adult
Author Bio
Graham Greene

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.

Narrator Bio
Joseph Porter

Joseph Porter studied acting at the Moscow Art Theatre and Depaul University before graduating summa cum laude with a BFA from Wayne State University.

Overview

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. With alternating comedy, irony, and grim violence, Greene weaves these lives in a pattern of mounting suspense.

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