Our Man In Havana Book Review
Amazon describes the book:
Wormold is a vacuum cleaner salesman in a city of power cuts. His adolescent daughter spends his money with a skill that amazes him, so when a mysterious Englishman offers him an extra income he’s tempted. In return all he has to do is carry out a little espionage and file a few reports. But when his fake reports start coming true, things suddenly get more complicated and Havana becomes a threatening place.
My Own Thoughts On This Book:
It was no surprise to me that this author had at some time been employed by the Foreign Office. I have been employed at stages in my former police service in intelligence roles which made this particular story very amusing and often very life like.
You have just got to love his character of Wormold, even his name conjures up an image of the man.
The relationships he has and the tangles he finds himself in just get better and better as the story unfolds.
There is little I can say without giving the plot away but despite being set in 1950’s Cuba the same fake intelligence is making it into the systems today by those who want to use it to justify there own ends often with tragic consequences which this book intimates in a more discreet way. Most of the violence happens off page as it were.
The way Wormold is recruited is amusing however his handler gives no thought to his suitability. The handler has his own agenda as does the Security Service back in London which leaves poor Wormold embroiled in a situation of his own making which spirals out of his control.
I thought despite the age of the book and its writing style, it was more of an entertainment book than a literary master piece of the kind associated with this author. However its a cracking read and had me smiling from start to finish.
Note: There is a lengthy introduction by Christopher Hitchens which I chose to skip as it does contain several exact extracts from the book which I did not wish to see prior to reading the novel itself
About The Author:
Graham Greene was born in 1904. He worked as a journalist and critic, and in 1940 became literary editor of the Spectator. He was later employed by the Foreign Office. As well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, three books of autobiography, two of biography and four books for children. He also wrote hundreds of essays, and film and book reviews. Graham Greene was a member of the Order of Merit and a Companion of Honour. He died in April 1991.
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