In a poor Mexican state in the 1930s, the Red Shirts have viciously persecuted the clergy and murdered many priests. Yet one remains - the ‘whisky priest’ who believes he's lost his soul. On the run and with the police closing in, his routes of escape are being shut off, his chances getting fewer. But compassion and humanity force him along the road to his destiny…
Andrew Sachs reads Graham Greene’s powerful novel about a worldly Roman Catholic priest and his quest for penitence and dignity.
©1940 Graham Greene (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
"Showing its age."
I love Graham Greene and I studied this one for my "O" Levels (that shows how long ago), I thought I would revisit the book. I have to say I was disappointed, the themes of communism, catholicism, martyrdom and redemption all seemed very dated and out of their time. The racist overtones around the "half-caste" (sic) character also cannot fail to grate. I don't remember even discussing that aspect back in the seventies. It is a deeply depressing book with very little of the humour and lightness of touch that characterises much of Greene's work.
Of course much of the writing is fantastically evocative of a hot climate and hard times; in fact I read a lot of it whilst visiting Cuba. I had a much better time than the Whisky Priest I am pleased to say; this is not holiday reading.
One massive point in its favour is Andrew Sachs masterful performance but even this could not make it anything other than a difficult and depressing experience. I suppose not all literature can be enjoyable but the dated nature of the themes make the journey a long hard climb to nowhere much on the back of a difficult mule.
I did this book at school and it remained with me in the back of my mind. The complexity of the main character was sore on my head, as it twists and turns depending on when you look. Well narrated
"story feels dated"
The book is undoubtedly well written, but the story feels somewhat dated now, narration brilliant
One of the greatest of Graham Greene's books which is beautifully brought to life by Andrew Sachs.
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