The Captain and the Enemy

The Captain and the Enemy

Book - 1988
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Victor Baxter is a young boy when a secretive stranger known simply as the Captain brings him from his boarding school to London. Victor becomes the surrogate son and companion of a woman named Liza, who renames him Jim and depends on him for any news about the world outside their door. Raised in these odd yet touching circumstances, Jim is never quite sure of Lizas relationship to the Captain, who is often away on mysterious errands. It is not until Jim reaches manhood that he confronts the Captain and learns the shocking truth about the man, his allegiances, and the nature of love.
Publisher: Toronto : Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1988.
ISBN: 9780886191979
Characteristics: 188 pages


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Jun 25, 2014

Graham Greene was incredibly prolific, writing dozens of novels, short stories, film articles, screenplays, and memoirs. I've been reading him on and off for two decades and still haven't read all his books. He has his great books ("The Power and the Glory," "The Heart of the Matter"), his entertaining books ("The Third Man," "Our Man in Havana"), and his mediocre books ("The Comedians," "M. Quixote"). This final novel of his is the curious story of a boy taken from his boarding school by the mysterious Captain of the title. It end in Panama. Worth reading for the Greene completist, but not the Greene novel to start with.

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