The Honorary Consul

The Honorary Consul

Graham Greene / Jul 20, 2019

The Honorary Consul The Honorary Consul is a British thriller novel by Graham Greene published in It was one of the author s favourite works The story is set in an unnamed city in northern Argentina near the borde

  • Title: The Honorary Consul
  • Author: Graham Greene
  • ISBN: 9780671215699
  • Page: 245
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  • The Honorary Consul is a British thriller novel by Graham Greene, published in 1973 It was one of the author s favourite works.The story is set in an unnamed city in northern Argentina, near the border with Paraguay which can be assumed to be the city of Corrientes.

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        Henry Graham Greene, OM, CH was an English novelist, short story writer, playwright, screenplay writer, travel writer and critic whose works explore the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world Greene combined serious literary acclaim with wide popularity.Although Greene objected strongly to being described as a Catholic novelist rather than as a novelist who happened to be Catholic, Catholic religious themes are at the root of much of his writing, especially the four major Catholic novels Brighton Rock, The Heart of the Matter, The End of the Affair, and The Power and the Glory Works such as The Quiet American, Our Man in Havana and The Human Factor also show an avid interest in the workings of international politics and espionage Excerpted from


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    1. The Honorary Consul, Graham GreeneThe Honorary Consul is a British thriller novel by Graham Greene, published in 1973. It was one of the author's own favourite works. The title is a reference to the diplomatic position known as an honorary consul.The story is set in the city of Corrientes, part of the Argentine Littoral, on the shore of the Paraná River. Eduardo Plarr is an unmarried medical doctor of English descent who when a boy left Paraguay with his mother to escape the political turmoil f [...]


    2. Greene has two bonafide/genuine masterpieces in "The Quiet American" & "The End of the Affair," but by all rights "The Honorary Consul" takes a very honorary place along "The Power and the Glory"; that is, it's about these incredibly Hollywood-esque (or legends of) important people making choices & suffering the inevitable In perfect prose, in lucid detail and exquisite, meaningful dialogue, "Consul" is intriguing and exciting at all times. The characters are very much alive, and their r [...]


    3. Description: In a provincial Argentinean town, Charley Fortnum, a British consul with dubious authority and a weakness for drink, is kidnapped by Paraguayan revolutionaries who have mistaken him for the American ambassador. Dr. Eduardo Plarr, a local physician with his own divided loyalties, serves as the negotiator between the rebels and the authorities. These fumbling characters play out an absurd drama of failure, hope, love, and betrayal against a backdrop of political chaos. The Honorary Co [...]


    4. Sex, love, life, death, whiskey, Catholicism and South American politics – all familiar territory to Graham Greene – but ‘The Honorary Consul’ (1973) whilst revisiting and exploring all these themes, is by no means a re-tread or a recycling of previous Greene novels.The story this time is ostensibly centred around a bungled kidnapping attempt, all those whom it affects and its catastrophic aftermath. This is, as is more often than not the case with Green at his best – powerful and comp [...]


    5. One of his later novels (1973), it was better than I thought it would be. The same themes: love, betrayal, justice, and faith, with a newer one: machismo. Set in northern Argentina on the border with Paraguay, Dr Plarr, of an Argentine mother and British father, seems much older than his 30 years, world-weary.Not quite as intense as my favorite 4 (The Quiet American; The Heart of the Matter; A Burnt Out Case; The End of the Affair) but it's still Greene in top form and convincing. (Forget Bel Ca [...]


    6. I picked up a Graham Greene novel after a long time and it was pure nostalgia to be transported back to "Greeneland": usually a third-world country with a despotic government, with British expatriates forgotten by Her Majesty's Government, where the men are middle-aged, guilt-ridden and unable to love, men who have lost their faith in God and whose only outlets are the bottle or a prostitute. Where the search for redemption is their only remaining life force.Dr, Plarr is the central character, a [...]


    7. From BBC radio 4 - Drama :(31/01/2016)In a conversation with Nicholas Shakespeare, Graham Greene once named 'The Honorary Consul' as his favourite among all his novels, "use the characters change and that is very difficult to do."In this superbly tense story of political kidnap and sexual betrayal set at the beginning of Argentina's Dirty War in early 1970s, Greene's characters find themselves on a switchback ride of love, sacrifice and violence.Isolated Dr Eduardo Plarr, son of a missing politi [...]


    8. This was an exemplary read. Comedic indictments of the Latin ideal of machismo, kidnappers who are absolutely no good at kidnapping, the consistently volatile political situation of Latin American countries, the lonely emptiness of the ex-pat, and the utter worthlessness of one man's life when viewed through a Utilitarian framework: all of these themes find expression in Greene's Honorary Consul. This had been floating around in my to-be-read queue for a while and I have no regrets about bumping [...]


    9. The Honorary Consul ranks with the best of Graham Greene's work. It takes me back to my teenage years, when I loved such of his works as The Power and the Glory and The Heart of the Matter. Greene cared a great deal about crises of faith. When I was young, I had none: I was a good Catholic boy. Then, later, things grew more complex. I love that moral complexity in Greene.This book is about a botched kidnapping. A mixed group of Paraguayan and Argentinian "terrorists" attempt to take the American [...]


    10. Review first posted on BookLikes:brokentuneoklikes/post/"The God I believe in must be responsible for all the evil as well as for all the saints. He has to be a God made in our image with a night-side as well as a day-side."The Honorary Consul is somewhat heavier fare than Graham Greene's "entertainments". The justification of man's actions based on faith or based on the conflict created by the expectations of religious instruction and the reality of life features heavily in this book.Charlie Fo [...]


    11. Angst. Too much of it. Apparently angst bores me, whether it be Catholic angst, angst about being incapable of love, angst about being a failure or anything else this motley crew of idiots, incompetents, buffoons, alcoholics and pompous arses find to angst about.Which is a shame, because when the plot is advancing it's a fairly good story, though the plot turns on an imbecilic decision by one of the protagonists. There's a good, taut, 150p novel struggling to escape all the angst but ultimately [...]


    12. In a small town in Argentina, Dr. Plarr leads a quiet life among his patients, the other two English there, and his successive mistresses. Until a former classmate, known during his childhood in Paragay, defrocked priest asks him for information on the visit of the US ambassador. Unable to imagine the former friend in the role of a fierce guerrilla, Plarr gaved them. Only, this is not the ambassador who is now removed but by a combination of circumstances, the Honorary Consul of Great Britain, w [...]


    13. Regarded as one his own favorite works, this novel rightly categorized as a tragi-comedy as opposed to a spy novel in (enpedia/wiki/The_Hon) depicts an unmarried physician in his early thirties called Dr Eduardo Plaar (nicknamed Ted) who has lived in an Argentinian provincial town, Correintes. Interestingly, "The Honorary Consul" itself refers to Charles Fortnum, an alcoholic divorcee in his sixties; when I first browsed its title I misunderstood him as the sole protagonist; however, the key pr [...]


    14. I haven't read any other of Graham Green's work. It is funny that I should have started with this, which is referred to as one his later works. I had mixed feelings from the start. For one, I was excited about reading Green. And, I was drawn back by my own limited understanding of his style, though delicate and touching. Enter Plarr, aged and a doctor of patients he f***s. And the rest of the bunch who orchestrate a kidnapping. Need not be said they know nothing about professional kidnapping. No [...]


    15. As always with Greene, beautifully spare language and an agonising disaster made of several lives because of ideology, belief or lack of it, guilt, machismo, and over all, a lack of love passed on from one generation to the next. Brilliant and almost unbearable to read as the characters blunder ever deeper into the mire.


    16. Gabriel Josipovici, in his 'Whatever Happened to Modernism?', slams Greene and most other post-war British writers; he says, I think, only Muriel Spark and someone else are top-rate. He bases this on his own, personal belief that the best writing is self-reflexive. Well, obviously he didn't read 'The Honorary Consul.' Aside from being a great story - up there with my favorite Greenes, Heart of the Matter, Power and Glory, Quiet American, Our Man in Havana - this one's also full of questioning an [...]


    17. There's also a priest here. He giggled too, but only once. I had written before, elsewhere here at , that I hated "The Power and the Glory" where I found the priest there quite ridiculous. I likewise didn't like "The End of the Affair", finding the characters there unreal.This one, however, is different. I thought, while reading it, and after reading it: "this is how a story should be told." Highly imaginative plot with a lot of possible logical endings but where no one can possibly make a corre [...]


    18. This book doesn’t seem to have much of reputation as some of Greene’s other works, which is too bad as it is excellent and even brilliant. In fact it might be one of my favorites. This has every element I look for in a Greene novel but with a stronger emotional charge. The characters with their foibles seem to be a cast for a comedy but instead are players in a heart wrenching tragedy. Like in his Comedians the line between slit your wrist despair and humor is very hard to find though the sa [...]


    19. Any modern novel set in Central Africa or South America that features a weary middle-aged man as its protagonist is invariably compared to a book from Graham Greene's oeuvre. To me, the country where he places his characters (Argentina, Sierra Leone, Mexico, Vietnam) isn't important, it's only the fact that they are outsiders, keeping British values in countries where these moral codes have become irrelevant, that is significant.Although the setting of Greene's books is interchangeable, the deta [...]


    20. «Почесний консул» (1973) - типовий роман Грема Гріна: про пошук себе у дорослому віці, при посередництві кохання і алкоголю. Як завжди - на фоні екзотичної країни.І головне - на фоні чиєїсь наївної спроби боротися проти об'єктивного зла (диктатури чи там колоніалізму). Герой, ясн [...]


    21. Greene já me conquistara com 'O Fim da Aventura' - e foi, aliás, pelo que esta obra me ofereceu que uma edição novinha em folha, antiga e muito bonita d'O Cônsul Honorário' não me escapou nos alfarrabistas da Feira do Livro. Nem sei porque demorei tanto tempo a reflectir e a querer escrever sobre ele, depois de o ter lido quase de uma assentada. Mas tinha de de escrever, de uma forma ou de outra, pela experiência que é conhecer as histórias e as personagens de Greene.texto completo eml [...]


    22. Claustrophobic, tense, highly atmospheric. Very evocative of provincial Argentina, with characters who are fascinating in their context, but who also suggest various moral, political, social and religious types outside the links with their physical environment. Really engaging. The ending has stayed with me. Still mulling it all over.


    23. Not as powerful as 'The Power and the Glory,' not as funny as 'Our Man in Havana,' Greene still builds suspense and psychological depth, and provides the occasional laugh. I read somewhere that this was one of his personal favorites. The ending surprised me a bit, but not in a bad way.


    24. I am so very happy to have found a modern Catholic (and non-cleric) author of fiction who can actually write. "The Honorary Consul" was a very good read, and left quite a lot ot ponder in the way of God's goodness, liberation theology, and love.The character of the excommunicated priest was particularly interesting because, while he tried very hard to convince himself otherwise, he could never quite shake off his orthodoxy. Even while he speculated stringently on "the night side of God" (271), h [...]


    25. I make a point of never reading reviews before I read the book but when I went on to record the fact that I was about to start the novel I must have somehow absorbed a word or two of the description. I distinctly remembered the word 'thriller'. Who had put it there I will never know, but it unfortunately came to colour my judgement. Without this word, with a different expectation, I might have liked the book better.You see, I had a reason for wanting a thriller. I was to open the book on the da [...]


    26. I have just discovered Graham Greene in the last couple months. At the Border sales I picked up this and Monsieur Quixote and really liked both of them. I really need to read The Power and the Glory. Anyway, this was a good read, different than most books I usually read. In The Honorary Consul the reader meets a group of randomly gathered characters in a small Argentinian town. The main viewpoint is through Dr. Eduardo Parr, a doctor who is serving the poor in the barrio. He is one of three Engl [...]


    27. Other books by Graham Greene I've read are better, but this one also has some very interesting dialogues - the one that stands out is the discussion on the nature of God and man's relation to God that takes place in the final chapters of the book. I love how Greene just pours out this argument that brews in all of us - why are these things happening? What kind of "God" would allow Hitler and Stalin to be born? and many others. It is also evident, like in his other novels, that there is no right [...]


    28. Greene’s Catholicism and Marxism come together in this tragicomic work set in South America in the early 1970s. Before we in the North had heard about Liberation Theology, Greene puts the critique of the fallen church on the front burner from the mouth of a revolutionary ex-priest—a reverse of Silone’s Bread and Wine. Like Simone Weil or Father Camilo Torres, the priest-turned-revolutionary bumbles his political action by kidnapping a minor “honorary” counsel rather than the American a [...]


    29. The moral ambiguities and uncertain loyalties of Greeneland, the stunted emotional landscape where Graham Greene's characters find themselves, is a terrifying place to visit and a horribly boring place to live. Charley Fortnum--the name redolent of English high tea, for which one shops at Fornum and Mason--is an alcoholic expatriate living in Argentina, possibly no longer able to (or interested in) returning to the sceptered isle that was his homeland. When bungling revolutionaries miss the Brit [...]


    30. Greene wrote this intricate and delicate novel late in his career, when he was pretty well stewed by alcohol and a lifetime of general dissolution. He thought it was, perhaps, the best of his works. As I read it, I thought, No way. Even tho several of his novels are on my all-time favorite list, I found the going a little tedious in this book, and here and there I sighed and thought, (forgive me, Graham), same-old, same-old. Oh, you know: the sweaty misery, the black-hearted doubt of faith, the [...]


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