Lecture #1: The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene - Marisha PesslLook Inside. Mar 24, ISBN Named one of the best novels of the twentieth century by Time magazine, it stands today as his masterpiece. Mexico, the late s: A paramilitary group has outlawed the Catholic Church and been executing its clergy. Now the last priest is on the run, fleeing not just an unshakable police lieutenant but also his own wavering morals.
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The germinating idea behind this class was to form a forum not just to read great books together, but to investigate whether or not they have any practical bearing on our modern lives — if they can help us live more connectedly and well. At first glance — with its overt theme of Catholicism, sacrilege, and sainthoods — it can seem dated. The best novels transcend time and place, granting a universality to the human experience — showing us what it means to be here, now, reminding us of something we knew but have somehow forgotten. Henry Graham Greene was a British novelist, enjoying fame and notoriety for his work and life that spanned nearly a century: — Many of his novels take place in exotic locations, all of which he visited firsthand, from Cuba to Haiti to Vietnam to Africa.
At the beginning of the novel, the priest is waiting for a boat that will take him out of the capital city. He is on the run from the police because religion has been outlawed in his state and he is the last remaining clergyman. While talking to a man named Mr. Tench, he is summoned to a dying woman's house and misses his boat. He hides out in a barn on the estate of a plantation owner, befriending the owner's daughter.