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This review is from: The Heart Of The Matter (Paperback)
Generally recognised as Greene's masterpiece, the book follows Major Scobie is his tiring quest for righteousness in a climate of corruption, lies, and deceit.
As with most of his work, the account hinges on an exploration of what the character believes their Catholic faith really means to their life course. In Scobie's case he goes against the grain to conduct police business in an honest manner, and keeps his marriage going in spite of feeling imprisoned by the Holy union. Is it a loveless marriage? Greene also attempts to expound this through a comparison of love and loyalty.
Without revealing the story, what is very interesting is the author's painting of the Scobie's relationship and development of both Catholics' view of faith and relations. The master-stroke is truly the quandary that Scobie finds himself in and what he chooses as the escape.
If there were any criticism it would be that in a generally secular society as we have in Britain today many of the concepts and the ultimate predicament are difficult to comprehend for one without faith or an intimate understanding of such. If that were the case it would only be a four star novel.
However, this is an extremely powerful account and an insightful examination of humanity, God, and the Church and how the three relate.