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ISBN13: 9780143039297
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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 Liza's 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.

This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by John Auchard.

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"[E]xquisitely understated, moving and graced by humorous touches." Publishers Weekly

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"The master's hand is clearly at work." The New York Times

Review:

"[W]astes not a word in distilling the fictional preocupations of a lifetime." Time

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In Greene's last novel, a lonely boarding-school student encounters a secretive stranger who introduces himself simply as "the Captain." The boy is taken to London by the stranger and raised in odd and touching circumstances by Liza, a young woman with close but unexplained ties to the Captain. It is only when the boy grows to manhood that he will learn the shocking truth about the Captain's allegiances and activities, and will begin to understand the true nature of love.

About the Author

Graham Greene (1904-1991), whose long life nearly spanned the length of the twentieth century, was one of its greatest novelists. Educated at Berkhamsted School and Balliol College, Oxford, he started his career as a sub-editor of the London TimesHe began to attract notice as a novelist with his fourth book, Orient Expressin 1932. In 1935, he trekked across northern Liberia, his first experience in Africa, told in A Journey Without Maps (1936). He converted to Catholicism in 1926, an edifying decision, and reported on religious persecution in Mexico in 1938 in The Lawless Roadswhich served as a background for his famous The Power and the Glory, one of several “Catholic” novels (Brighton RockThe Heart of the MatterThe End of the Affair). During the war he worked for the British secret service in Sierra Leone; afterward, he began wide-ranging travels as a journalist, which were reflected in novels such as The Quiet AmericanOur Man in HavanaThe ComediansTravels with My AuntThe Honorary ConsulThe Human FactorMonsignor Quixoteand The Captain and the EnemyAs well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, two books of autobiography, A Sort of Life and Ways of Escape, two biographies, and four books for children. He also contributed hundreds of essays and film and book reviews to The Spectator and other journals, many of which appear in the late collection ReflectionsMost of his novels have been filmed, including The Third Man, which the author first wrote as a film treatment. Graham Greene was named Companion of Honour and received the Order of Merit among numerous other awards.

John Auchard is a professor of English at the University of Maryland at College Park, and the editor of The Portable Henry James.

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lukas, June 25, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
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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DJD, December 27, 2013 (view all comments by DJD)
This book turned me into a die-hard Graham Greene fan. The subtleties, the insights, the characters of his books! No simple black/white or good/bad dichotomies for him! Every character is believable and real; every one has flaws and virtues. (In this novel, though, they verge on surrealism.)
I’ve read this novel several times, but am still working on the question: What is that mysterious insight that seems to be lurking just beneath the surface?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143039297
Author:
Greene, Graham
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Introduction:
Auchard, John
Introduction:
John Auchard
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Boys
Subject:
Kidnapping
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
September 2005
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.72x5.08x.52 in. .35 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Review" by , "[E]xquisitely understated, moving and graced by humorous touches."
"Review" by , "The master's hand is clearly at work."
"Review" by , "[W]astes not a word in distilling the fictional preocupations of a lifetime."
"Synopsis" by , In Greene's last novel, a lonely boarding-school student encounters a secretive stranger who introduces himself simply as "the Captain." The boy is taken to London by the stranger and raised in odd and touching circumstances by Liza, a young woman with close but unexplained ties to the Captain. It is only when the boy grows to manhood that he will learn the shocking truth about the Captain's allegiances and activities, and will begin to understand the true nature of love.
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