The Power and the Glory (Graham Greene)

[The Power and the Glory (Graham Greene)]Odie gave me The Power and the Glory with the bold preface, “It might be my favorite book,” surplanting Cannery Row. It’s pretty obvious why. Greene provides a compelling commentary on the difference between faith and religion. If there’s a parallel universe where I’m an English teacher assigning five-paragraph essays, I bet this book is on my reading list, and my assignment is “Discuss the whisky priest’s attitude toward religion (and subsequent actions) while in prison as compared to his time in the Lehrs’ village.” Another good one would be, “Why does the whisky priest spend so much time with the half-caste, whom he distrusts?” or even “Do you think the Catholic Church should have been so threatened by this book to ban it?” That’s another universe though.

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