Review: The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene mostly follows the nameless character referred to as “the whisky priest.”  He’s the last priest in a Mexican state where the Roman Catholic Church has been persecuted.  The other priests have all escaped or been executed.

The novel takes a while to progress, because we’re introduced to an array of minor characters that don’t really move the story forward.  After 50 pages or so, the narrative picks up.  The novel is about the whisky priest’s faith and the followers of the church.  As the priest gets further from the trappings of the church he finds he is closer to God.  It’s a novel that sends the reader toward introspection and ruminations on God.

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