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Our Man In Havana: An Introduction by Christopher Hitchens by [Greene, Graham]
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Graham Greene's new "Entertainment" offers only a questionable diversion this time, substitutes a lightminded travesty of secret service operations (the intentions are not too clearly decipherable) for the surer suspense of the earlier books in this genre. Wormold, a vacuum cleaner representative in Havana, a middle-aged man whose daughter is his prime security interest, is tapped as secret agent number 59200 stroke five by the British Secret Service. With "no accomplice except the credulity of other men", Wormold turns in bogus reports and fabulous diagrams (vacuum cleaner parts), recruits an extensive payroll of imaginary sub-agents, and rigs an elaborate deception which backfires when one of his men materializes- only to be killed, his friend Hasselbacher is a second victim, and he is a potential third... For all the occasional overtones and undercuts, this is no more than a genial form of nonsense in which Greene is not at his best. This still may be good enough for a great many people to whom the name assumes more than is this time assured. (Kirkus Reviews)

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'No serious writer of this century has more thoroughly invaded and shaped the public imagination than did Graham Greene' Time

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1983 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (2 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044KLQ3C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 153 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,376 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Oh what an absolute gem. Chosen for a Book Club read this month and it was a complete hit. Greene's characters are rounded and before their time. Not particularly dated considering that it was written in the late '50's with a cast of strong and fabulous female characters essential to the action- how surprised were we all!
Greene's attention to detail in his descriptions of people and locations is impeccable: lots of sharp observations but always the out-of-place phrase thrown in to make scenes real, awkward and incredibly funny.
The main protagonist is a man of his time and who wouldn't really like him- code-decipherer, indulgent parent and super intelligent expert at tying Maida Vale up in knots with his imaginative doings.
The dinner scene is a stroke of genius.
Love the book. If you want to be tickled pink then buy it now. It's fantastic. And,yes please, I'd like to buy one of those Atomic Pile vacuum cleaners- they sound fab!
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Perfect classic. Not a long book but a great read and makes me want to visit Havana. The descriptions are excellent and the story builds in a credible and amusing manner. This is my second Graham Greene novel and I will read more on the strength of this one.
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Not as funny as the critics said, but maybe things were different in the 1950's. Nonetheless, the plot of a wholly inept British Secret Service recruiting an imaginative prat to do their dirty work is very good and, in the light of the Cambridge Spies fiasco, very well founded. We trust these people to keep our country safe. What were we thinking?
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Such a good read. Comical, twisting and fanstastic phrases throughout. I go back to this book again and again for an easy and lovable read. A definite classic.
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Brilliant written and highly amusing. Not your typical soy novel ;-)
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Wonderful command of the atmosphere of old Havana before the Americans ruined it by isolating it, or trying to do so.
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Whilst being a classic, for me the story at times appeared slow and the writing style clumsy, yet I was still drawn to finish the book.
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By sister on 18 July 2017
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Good read, what goes around comes around and it was written in1950s.
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