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Next Up: The Power And The Glory

Back to back books about traveling priests? Why not.

The Power and the Glory is one of Graham Green’s signature novels. Greene was a prolific author who also wrote several other novels about Catholicism: Brighton Rock, The Heart of the Matter and The End of the Affair.

Most interesting thing about this novel, and I had no idea, is that The Power and the Glory was the basis for the 1947 classic film, The Fugitive—which later brought about the American TV series by the same name in the 1960s and was also remade into a movie starring Harrison Ford in the 1990s.

That was news to me. Anyway, here are some other interesting facts about The Power and the Glory—a novel that I’m totally unfamiliar with:

  • The novel was originally published in 1940.
  • It has also been published under the alternate name, The Labyrinthine Ways.
  • Greene wrote the novel when he was forced to flee to Mexico after being sued by 20th Century Fox for a comment he made regarding Shirley Temple in a movie review (More to come on this!)
  • At the time of its publishing, many Catholics disliked the novel, though Pope Paul VI told Greene that he should pay no attention to the criticism.
  • In the literary world, The Power And The Glory has many fans, including Evelyn Waugh, John Updike, and William Golding.
  • Green struggled with bipolar disorder most of his life, and passed away from leukemia in 1991 at the age of 86.

What does Time say?

Another of Greene’s intricate moral landscapes, where corrupt characters might still be capable of goodness and virtuous ones indulge their virtues murderously.

Though I’m admittedly unfamiliar with this novel, the casual research I’ve done about it has definitely piqued my interest.

Did you guys know that The Fugitive was based on this novel? What are your thoughts on the book or the movie?

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6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Matt #

    Sound more interesting than the previous book. Saw the Fugitive movie with Harrison Ford and loved it.


    January 26, 2012
  2. I would NEVER have guessed that “The Power and the Glory” is linked to “The Fugitive” series and movie. Wow! Thinking back on it, though, I can see similarities in the characters. Interesting – I may have to reread the book with “The Fugitive” in mind.

    I love Graham Greene’s novels – especially this one. It’s an easy read and definitely plot driven (what a relief, eh?) Enjoy!


    January 26, 2012
    • Matt #

      I know! I’m enjoying the early parts of the book. A lot of interesting characters and a great story.


      January 26, 2012
  3. I think I read Our Man in Havana but I’m honestly not sure. I could’ve sworn I’ve read a Graham Greene novel but nothing stands out behind that one. I did watch The Third Man in a film class. This one sounds awesome.

    By the way, unrelated to your specific niche but related to literature in its own way:–2


    January 27, 2012
    • It’s really good. Enjoying it so far.

      Love Colbert!


      January 27, 2012
  4. Margaret #

    I’ve only read “The Quiet American” by Greene and really enjoyed it! Great writing and a plot. Can’t wait to read your review of this one.


    January 29, 2012

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