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Penguin Classics: The Captain and the Enemy (Paperback)

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Penguin Classics: The Captain and the Enemy (Paperback)

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Love Mr. Greene... fun sh

Love Mr. Greene... fun short one, He wrote this quite late in his life... odd kind of ending, seemed sort of tacked on, but still a very enjoyable bit.

This reminded me of Treas

This reminded me of Treasure Island as it starts out with a young man remembering back to childhood and the entrance of a mysterious figure that will change the course of his life. The reader keeps wondering if the mysterious figure is bad or good, and in the end we find out that our own perceptions can often shape the characters of others. This book by Greene had to be an homage to Robert Louis Stevenson - both mysterious figures are called Captain, and both boys are called Jim. With Greene's story we get a different kind of pirate story, but a pirate story nonetheless. This was Greene's last published novel, which I did not know before reading it. Interesting. I really liked it, and the narrator (the fabulous Kenneth Branagh) brought it to life, but the ending felt abrupt and rushed. It had shades of Our Man in Havana, but not as much underlying humor - however, the very last part is brilliant and made me laugh out loud. Highly recommended if you are in the mood for a meandering adventure, but read Treasure Island first - and definitely opt for the audio of The Captain and the Enemy, as Branagh's narration should not be missed.

A strange story that open

A strange story that opens with the apparent kidnapping of a young boy from a boarding school by a friend of the boy's father. The story has a Dickensian flavor -- physical poverty, living just outside the law, naive childhood among strangers, dark mysterious sometimes visitors to the basement abode, real relatives who express concern but who don't quite come through. This odd dance continues through to young adulthood when the boy chases after his foster father in Panama and discovers the root of his mysterious life. All in all an odd, satisfying book for me, even with self-referetail end, and the jerk from the Dickensian era I had been inhabiting, into modern politics.

Perhaps this is a bit mor

Perhaps this is a bit more Greene meets Waugh, it has that kind of a slow train wreck fascination thing going on. But there's a lightness of tone that suggests the possibility of a happy outcome. But whereas Waugh might deliver an ironic ending (think 'Black Mischief'), where the hero comes up trumps, well Greene doesn't do it so often. I don't want to give the ending away so I won't say how it goes in this case. But it is beautifully written, penetrating and ineffably sad in what it leaves drifting between the lines. Greene has long had an attraction to questions of truth and lies, the nature of feeling and love, and the covert professions. The formulae comes together perfectly here once again.

I agree with other review

I agree with other reviewers that this is an "odd" little book. I was very taken with the first paragraph, in which the narrator describes being "won" in a backgammon game by a mysterious stranger. But I found it difficult to maintain empathy with any of the characters; they remained distant and isolated to the end. I appreciate Greene's musing on the nature of love, but can't enthusiastically recommend this as a catalyst for doing so.
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