Wow, this really was a brilliant book. Thought-provoking content, Greene’s usual command of language and an overwhelming feeling of foreboding all contribute to its power.
In a way, it’s not an easy book to read. The protagonist is more of an anti-hero than a hero, and it’s easy to feel disgusted with him at times. However, by the end, one can perhaps understand him, if not ever really like him.
Greene had a talent for writing in a way that produces vivid images in the reader’s mind, without weighing down his story with lengthy descriptive passages, and ‘The Power and the Glory’ is a perfect example of this. When the rains begin, you can almost feel the humidity.
Warning: There are a couple of passages in the novel where animals are treated poorly. One in particular was a struggle to read.