The Comedians

The Comedians

Book - 1966
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Three men meet on a ship bound for Haiti, a world in the grip of the corrupt 'Papa Doc' and the Tontons Macoute, his sinister secret police. Brown the hotelier, Smith the innocent American and Jones the confidence man - these are the 'comedians' of Graham Greene's title. Hiding behind their actors' masks, they hesitate on the edge of life. And, to begin with, they are men afraid of love, afraid of pain, afraid of fear itself.
Publisher: Harmondsworth : Penguin, [1966]
ISBN: 9780140027662
0140027661
Characteristics: 286 p. ; 22 cm

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lukasevansherman
Aug 18, 2016

What a misleading title! There is nothing funny about this novel of Haiti at all. Made into a film with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, which is also not funny. What gives?

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witchDoctor9999
Jun 27, 2016

GREENE shows us that the option to gauge 'reality' is what we are constantly (yet unconsciously) doing. We select our own worldviews and 'end up' in the circumstances that we 'set up.' Though he writes like a journalist, his adroit handling of this works literary elements is balanced and thoroughly engaging.

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Charlie68
Feb 18, 2010

A good read by Mr Greene, I read this book more for a feel of Haitian culture and politics, and I wasnt disappointed.

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Feb 20, 2010

Charlie68 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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