Reviews of Power and the Glory, the (1940)
Review by SlowRain (2007-05-01)
A nameless Catholic priest in a nameless Mexican state is forced into hiding from a brutal regime that has outlawed religion.
Often regarded as Greeneís magnus opus, The Power and the Glory is a great exploration of humanity. On the one hand, we have the priest: nameless, self-sacrificing, sinful. On the other hand, we have a brutal police lieutenant who will commit any atrocity to finally catch the priest. But, were they always this way? Who really is the criminal? Juggling in the middle, there are the people along the way whose lives are touched, for better or worse, but these two men.
The bulk of the story focuses on the priest, and we see a very objective look, both at religious suppression and religious oppression. Itís a novel that only Graham Greene could write and one that will have the reader examining their own motives in life.
I also found this a timely read as I just finished reading The Name of the Rose a few weeks ago, which details the atrocities of the Catholic Inquisition: it was interesting to read it from an it-all-comes-back-to-you point of view.