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El Poder Y La Gloria

El Poder Y La Gloria

Escrito por Graham Greene

Narrado por Fabio Camero


El Poder Y La Gloria

Escrito por Graham Greene

Narrado por Fabio Camero

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4/5 (43 valoraciones)
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3 horas
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Publicado:
Sep 12, 2006
ISBN:
9781611553871
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La cercanía a Dios a través del pecado. Un sacerdote que ha caído en el vicio se encuentra en medio de una violenta revolución en un país latinoamericano. Característica de los revolucionarios es su tendencia atea y de repente el sacerdote, a pesar de sus vicios, se encuentra en el dilema que le permitirá volver a sus creencias. Ese es el tema básico de la gran novela del inglés Graham Greene, uno de los más brillante dramaturgos y novelistas británicos del siglo XX, quien explora en un relato lleno de suspenso y además con una profunda tesis que ha hecho de esta una de las obras más populares del escritor.
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Publicado:
Sep 12, 2006
ISBN:
9781611553871
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Audiolibro

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  • (4/5)
    There's a cinematic opening scene here, with a dentist emerging onto a Mexican street causing a vulture to take flight which then soars over the town, and we get a literal bird-eye view of its layout as the dentist makes his way to the docks. I'd read Greene before, but immediately on page one I was reminded of how much a master he is. This novel is often cited as his best work, taking place during the persecution of the Catholic Church in southern Mexico during the 1920s. The idea of Christianty being persecuted to the extent depicted seemed so far-fetched, I was convinced Greene had made it up until I researched the Cristero War. While Greene doesn't name his setting, it is clearly the state of Tabasco under the governorship of Tomas Garrido Canabal. Canabal was an extremist, and while he did introduce women's suffrage and made improvements to Tabasco's education programs and economy, his legacy is deeply overshadowed by his persecution of Catholicism. It is not hard to see Canabal in the novel's figure of the Lieutenant. Similarly the protagonist, a runaway priest, might reflect the real life Padre Macario Fernandez Aquado who remained one step ahead of the authorities and death at their hands. Graham Greene writes with enormous economy, and yet still manages to paint his scenes and characters so vividly. Nothing feels rushed or condensed, but in 200 pages he can transmit a very complex story and explore all the corners. Both 'power' and 'glory' call upon preservertion of the next generation as their highest value, seeking to 'save' them from evil. The priest is more pressed to examine his life and assumptions due to circumstances, and he is in the best position to learn from what he experiences assuming that he can survive them. The lieutenant is more free to indulge in might-makes-right and therefore less introspective as he justifies any extremity, but he faces incomprehensible stubborn resistance by the very people he is trying to help as he exorcises the menace of the church. Neither side seems to grasp, for the lack of either side making the appeal, that it is ultimately hearts and minds which will decide the victor.One quirk I dislike about Greene's style is his penchant for suddenly introducing scene cuts to feature unidentified characters, leaving me foundering. It can take some flipping pages back and forth to figure out if these are new characters or familiar ones, and who was being referred to as whom. That frustration aside, reading more of Greene is always sure to be a pleasure whatever his subject.
  • (3/5)
    Interessante thematiek van de antiheld: het gewetensprobleem van de individuele priester, de uitdaging om heilige te zijn, de zondige die volgens Greene kan rekenen op de genade van God; neiging tot conformisme bij kerk. Tal van elementen met kritiek op katholicisme, maar toch tegelijk vrijwaring en accentuering van het mysterie. Stilistisch: mooi maar niet speciaal, eerste deel zeer traag, 2 en 3 interessanter door de dialoog.
  • (4/5)
    A classic Graham Greene- a tale of a whisky priest in Mexico at time when certain states had outlawed the church. Sharply observed descriptions of Mexico and poverty & quite engrossing tale.
  • (3/5)
    This is my first Graham Greene novel and I must admit that I had expected more of it, as he is such a famous writer. I did like the language though, and it was interesting to read a novel set in Mexico, as I was travelling there when I read this. Didn't feel familiar though:-) Most of all because this novel is set in the past,in a period when religion was banned from Mexico (whereas religion is very present in Mexico now). In the novel we follow a priest who is on the run from the government. He is supposed to be killed but manages to keep ahead of his prosecutors for years, secretly performing religious services in the villages he visits. This may sound fanatic, but the priest is full of self-doubt. He is an alcoholic (also problematic, as alcohol was prohibited by the government too), and has a daughter. He feels he is not worthy of priesthood, and instead of escaping the area, for which possibilities arise several times, he always returns to the dangerzone, where eventually, of course, he is caught. It is as if he wants to be caught.During his wanderings, the priest meets several persons, who are being described as if they were main characters in the novel, after which they may (almost) completely disappear from the story. This seemed a bit strange at times. But I guess my main problem was that I couldn't really identify or at least sympatize with the priest. The endless guilt and addiction, it was a bit too much for me.
  • (3/5)
    This is a hard one for me. I love Graham Greene, and have read many of his books and loved them all across genres. (He writes across so many genres!) I know this is considered his masterpiece, but the truth is I did not much enjoy the read. I generally love to wade around in physical, moral and religious decay. But this whiskey priest and his martyrdom did not move me. The prose and structure are, as one expects from Greene, spectacular. The man can write dialogue so authentic you feel like you are listening in on an actual conversation. No question this is a well crafted novel. I can't say why I did not connect with this, why I was never drawn in. Maybe it is that it felt like Greene really disliked all of his characters (including Mexico, which is definitely a character in this story.) All I can say is that I never felt drawn in to this story, I felt like I was sitting in the audience with Greene, and a safe distance from all the ugliness.
  • (3/5)
    Interessante thematiek van de antiheld: het gewetensprobleem van de individuele priester, de uitdaging om heilige te zijn, de zondige die volgens Greene kan rekenen op de genade van God; neiging tot conformisme bij kerk. Tal van elementen met kritiek op katholicisme, maar toch tegelijk vrijwaring en accentuering van het mysterie. Stilistisch: mooi maar niet speciaal, eerste deel zeer traag, 2 en 3 interessanter door de dialoog.
  • (5/5)

    This little gem turned out to be quite a surprise. It is indeed powerful and it is glorious. Greene's writing seems really simple and is easy to read, and yet is so full of meaning. I am still soaking it all in.

    As the lead character, the 'whiskey-priest', moves from one place to another, Greene takes us along on a journey taut with suspense and tension. However, it is really his moral journey which is the most captivating. We not only witness the priest's struggle to escape, we also get to look into his tormented soul and his ambivalence. He is constantly torn between following what his religious faith has taught him while his worldly sense seems to make more practical sense. He feels guilty for his sins, but he loves the fruit of his sin. He almost wishes that he be caught so that he could be rid of the fear and the misery. But doesn't his faith teach him that it is his duty to save his soul? He has sinned and is immoral, but he is also full of compassion and love for fellow human beings.
    A question that haunts the priest and the reader throughout is whether he will find redemption and if his soul will achieve salvation? Or do immoralities and sins always overshadow a man's goodness? Greene makes it so easy for one to understand his characters. The priest, with his virtues and his flaws, feels like a very real person. It is not at all difficult to imagine such a person walking some part of this earth in flesh.

    While we read the thoughts and the convictions of the priest, the lieutenant serves as the opposing voice. Both have some ideals which I do not completely agree with, but I also don't consider either of them to be totally wrong. I also liked that the priest and the lieutenant, though rivals, are able to see the good in each other and have mutual respect. Through these two characters, Greene brings forth the impermanence of beliefs through which one defines what is "right". Life can always take such turns that one's firmly believed ideals cease to make sense anymore.

    As the journey proceeds and we encounter various places and characters, Greene also reveals the misery, poverty, disease and utter desolation that has engulfed these wastelands. He captures the feeling of the place and the moment with just the right words. Through his words, you can almost feel the oppressive heat or the thundering rainstorm or the tranquility and freshness of an early morning. Different characters that we meet give a sense of how bleak and despairing their life is. There is a person who cannot shirk off the idea of death, there is another with a desperate cheerfulness who has to constantly remind himself that he is happy. There are several instances where we see the difference between the world-view of adults and children. Adults who have known better times and have only those memories to draw any happiness from. While the only world their children have seen is this world of misery. These children haven't known what happiness, hope or faith means. They have matured before they have aged. All the playfulness and innocence of childhood has been drained away.

    Another frequently encountered theme is that of abandonment. The words 'abandoned', 'abandonment' crop up very often..be it a man who has abandoned his family, a child abandoned by her father, a man deserted in the forest. However, what Greene is really hinting at is the abandonment of this land and its people. They are cut-off from the rest of the world to rot in suffering, while the world and civilization outside progress. The future holds no promises, all hope and faith has vanished. Life has ceased to have any meaning, God himself has ceased to exist. Death is an everyday affair for them and life is just a duty to be performed from day-to-day without ever knowing its joy and charm.
    She said: "I would rather die."
    "Oh," he said, "of course. That goes without saying. But we have to go on living."

    "She was one of those garrulous women who show to strangers the photographs of their children: but all she had to show was coffin."
    For the most part the novel is bleak and grim, but it speaks of hope as well.
    "It is one of the strange discoveries a man makes that life, however you lead it, contains moments of exhilaration: there are always comparisons which can be made with worse times:even in danger and misery the pendulum swings."
    Greene also reminds us of how peace and beauty can exist in the smallest of moments, which people often fail to notice until it has been left far behind.
    "It was nearly like peace, but not quite. For peace you needed human company-his alone-ness was like a threat of things to come. Suddenly he remembered - for no apparent reason - a day of rain at the American seminary, the glass windows of the library steamed over with central heating, the tall shelves of sedate books, and a young man - a stranger from Tucson - drawing his initials on the pane with his finger - that was peace. He looked at it from outside: he couldn't believe he would ever again get in."
    There is so much more I have to say about this novel, I could never cover it all in a review. Let me just say it is so very human.


  • (5/5)
    By the time The Power and the Glory was published in 1940, Greene had eschewed his flirtations with modernism and had turned back to writing in a clear narrative style, intent on creating memorable characters and tackling some of the most contentious issues of his generation. Perhaps the overriding theme here is the indomnitable human spirit. Europe was at war and for many people suffering and death were becoming a part of daily life. Greene takes an unnamed catholic priest as his anti-hero; a priest who gives in to most forms of temptation including the cardinal sin of Pride, and yet by the choices he makes and despite himself he achieves some sort of dignity and even redemption in our eyes. The novel is by no means a paean to the catholic church, in fact Greene is continuously critical of it and its ministers throughout, but he does suggest it offers hope in times of oppression.Greene was commissioned to visit Mexico in 1938 to report on the religious persecution being enacted there and this provides the subject matter for the novel. A catholic priest is being hunted down by a fanatical lieutenant, who sincerely believes that the state will benefit by his elimination. Most of the priests have fled and so this last one (the whiskey priest) has become a bit of a cause celeb-re, who may or may not escape his fate if he makes it across the border.Greene's visit to Mexico cannot have been a particularly enlightening experience for him because from the very first sentence the reader is plunged into a night mare world of filth, heat and deprivation:"Mr Tench went out to look for his ether cylinder, into the blazing Mexican sun and the bleaching dust. A few vultures looked down from the roof with shabby indifference: he wasn't carrion yet". This first part of the novel takes alienation as its theme. Mr Tench: a dentist has no money to leave the shabby port town. A gringo bank robber and murderer is on the loose. Padre Jose has been forced into marriage and a rebuttal of his catholic faith. Mr Fellows the plantation owner is trying to make a home of a land where his wife is made ill by the heat. In the villages the whiskey priest is finding it harder and harder to find shelter.The second and by far the longest part of the novel deals with the priests ever more desperate attempts to keep body and soul together as he flees the red shirts. He has to offer a mass as a kind of bribe in the village where he has fathered a child. Greene fills in some of his background, he is not a good priest but no different from many; "an energetic priest was always known by his debts". He is befriended by an informer a sort of vampire figure with yellow fangs and provides him with many of his moments of self knowledge:"No, if he had been humble like Padre Jose, he might be living in the capital now with Maria on a pension. This was pride devilish pride, lying here offering his shirt to the man who wanted to betray him. Even his attempts at escape had been half-hearted because of his pride-the sin by which the angels fell" This section also contains some of Greene's most unforgettable scenarios: a night the priest spends in a filthy overcrowded cell, hiding his identity from the authorities but trusting his fellow prisoners with his true identity, leaving it to fate to save or condemn him, then the shameful fight with the broken backed dog for a meaty bone and finally his futile attempts to save the life of an Indian women's child.Part three finds the priest safely across the border but the informer finds him and the priest is tempted back to certain death by the chance to save the soul of the fatally wounded gringo murderer. Here Greene superbly captures the cowardly priests dilemma. A chance for salvation a chance to be true to his faith, a real chance to make some difference. This leads to the most fascinating part of the novel where the Lieutenant and the priest come to accommodate each others views. Both think the other is basically a good man.Part four steps back from the priest and we see the results of his actions through the eyes of the dentist Mr Tench. I think this is an important novel of it's time that raises many issues concerning a persons struggle to make sense of his life. In this case it is a Catholic priest and so faith and the catholic church are high in Greene's scheme of things, however there is much to be enjoyed by any reader with an interest in the human condition. Greene is at the top of his game here bringing so much to the table for discussion. The book can be read and interpreted in a number of ways. My advice if you are at all interested in Graham Greene's novels is to make sure you read this one.
  • (5/5)
    Wow. As an ex-Catholic, an afficienado of 20th century Mexican history, a lover of wine (uhm, Brandy - not so much), I was enthralled with this book. It was at least as good as The Quiet American; perhaps it was even better. 'Chock full of guilt, humanity, sin, alcoholism, greed, lust, righteousness, ideology, betrayal, redemption, attempts at redemption, blind loyalty, harshness, innocence, suffering.
  • (3/5)
    A deeply written book about a man's spiritual journey and his struggles with his conscience. Another classic by Mr. Greene. I love how he can convey a mood.
  • (5/5)
    The power and the glory is slow reading at first but it is one of those books that continues to mount surprises and suspense until you are left at the end with a feeling that you have completed a great work. Easily one of the top novels of the last 100 years and certainly Greene's best work. The fact that Greene did not win the nobel prize (while many lesser artists have) is a bitter reflection of the politics in the nominating and selection process.
  • (5/5)
    Well, its Mexico. Chiapas, or therabouts. Its 1938, or thereabouts, and its dangerous to be a priest, and the main character is indeed a priest on the run. Deeply depressing book, but gripping, and graphic with that spaghetti western tone to it. Oddly reminiscent of Death Comes for the Archbishop, in focusing on the flawed, conflicted man-of-god, ministering to the people, in all the rote ways. The institutional Church is absent, except for the remnant priests, who are humiliated or hunted, and the continuing sacramental grip the ritual Church holds on the minds and hearts of older peasants. Greene draws out the the classic contradictions of the Church : its alliance with the rich, yet its message of the good of suffering and hope in the hereafter to the poor. He draws out the contradictions in the secular, revolutionary, anti-Church authorities who purport to ally with the poor, yet rob them of the rituals of religion and whatever consolations it might bring. Disturbing book.
  • (3/5)
    This was the longest Greene work I've read to date (still pretty short though) - unfortunately, I didn't like it as much as the others. It had its moments, but even though it was lengthier, I still thought the character development was a little thin. It won't deter me from reading his other works - I still feel it was a better novel than what I read from others, but it wasn't as enjoyable as previous works.
  • (5/5)
    Graham Greene is always good for some entertainment, but here he has devised a very powerful story of the church and the state, and of the individual's weakness as strength. The quality of the writing is beyond reproach - the way characters are drawn and introduced made me think that it has become something of a lost art.
  • (5/5)
    Loved it. The whiskey priest. On the run from Mexican authorities. Great prose and technique. Good plot and filled with quibbles on theology. I always love that. Well-written, and if I appreciated nothing else I appreciate a well written story.
  • (4/5)
    I wasn't sure about this for much of the time I was reading it and was prepared to take issue with the description by John Updike in the Introduction that this was the author's masterpiece. However, the last quarter was very good, with a strong narrative drive leading to the tragic conclusion and some good philosophical discussion along the way. The author's writing talents are undoubted, though some of the description of flies and heat, etc. was repetitive.
  • (4/5)
    Much halabaloo has been made over this writer and this book;. I see it is good and it is well written. The problem may be for many readers that a tremendous amount of patience must be garnered to get through the first one hundred plus pages. However, if one can do that, then one becomes immersed kn the times, place, and situation. It may be that the premise of the story is unbelievable to me. I have never heard of any Mexican province, city, or political movement that abrogated the Catholic church in that country. And, being a lapsed Catholic myself, I find it hard to believe that any such situation existed. The writing borders on brilliant in a few spots, but there are too many absences of those spots to warrant more than a four-star or "good but not excellent" rating.
  • (5/5)
    A priest flees from the authorities (headed by "the lieutenant") who are trying to eradicate the Catholic church in a Mexican state. A story of redemption and the underlying good of humanity in the face of relentless oppression. A remarkable book for its style, its symbolism, and its near-perfect construction.
  • (2/5)
    Travails of a whiskey priest in a country which has abolished God
  • (3/5)
    An intriguing book . . . an introspective treatment of human beings as they really exist .. . . warts and everything. The is a constant backdrop of the human struggle against life and death . . . one's mortality . . .and the existence of God. No answers but it causes one to think about the major unanswered dilemmas life has to offer us. Great read!
  • (5/5)
    What a great novel, superb stylistic control, wonderful use of setting, a splendid, complexly flawed main character.
  • (5/5)
    The fable that brought Greene to the level of Dostoievski, in the attempt to solve the conflict between religious belief and doubt.The novel works great both on the ideas explored by metaphors, and as a page-turning plot.With some unforgetable,brilliant scenes, and pure prose, it does it's job even on the uttermost athaist readers.Although the questions of morality and humanity were debated all over litreture history,and Greene doesnt add much of a new idea into it, no one cant argue with his masterfull skills as a writer.
  • (3/5)
    Interesting bit of Catholic history and belief in Mexico circa 1930
  • (3/5)
    First of all, I had no idea that Catholicism was banned in parts of Mexico at one point in time. Wow! When I finished reading this book, I had to go online to make sure I understood what was going on. I did, and after awhile I processed it a bit more, but I never could quite figure out why he didn't just leave.
  • (5/5)
    I picked up this highly regarded work because I like books that put an interesting spin on meaning-of-life issues and religion in general. I had heard that this book was ranked as one of the greatest 100 books written in English in the twentieth century. It did not disappoint.

    The author Greene was a Englishman who travelled in Mexico – the setting of this novel. He wrote about a “whisky priest” – an alcoholic. The (Roman Catholic) church was under persecution in fictional Mexico by a military group. Most priests had forsaken the faith or had been killed. He was the last priest left. He was in high demand from the common folk to hear confessions, administer the sacraments (if he didn’t drink the wine first), perform burials, etc. Of course, he had to do this all while he was on the run from the local authorities.

    This whisky priest is a sad but triumphant character. Usually, priests are not great candidates for the proverbial “everyman.” After all, they are set apart from society by education and by class. Nonetheless, Greene makes this priest relatable through his drinking. He becomes a sad (despicable?) figure. Despite being mired in doubts and having a low self-image, this priest continues to confess and suffer for the faith. He is Greene’s version of a tragic hero, with the tragedy being his alcoholism and the hero part being his inability to renounce the faith.

    As a Protestant, I had a tough time relating to all the classic (pre-Vatican II) Catholicism in this tale. After all, veneration of the elements is less my thing; administration of the Word is more of it. Despite this, the character of the whisky priest still communicated with me. Saints, after all, are not made by being perfect but by arising out of the mud that life consists of.

    This book also addresses one of my favorite topics – the integration of the secular world with the spiritual world. It follows along the traditional lines of the secular world persecuting the spiritual. This may have been the case during Greene’s day, but I find that the relationship between these two realms is more complicated than that. Still, the ending of this novel shows a more sophisticated relationship that contends that human nature will always possess some religious element to it and that when true, religion will always exist in some form.

    Overall, this classic work is fairly accessible and an enjoyable and thought-provoking read. I see why it has been so highly regarded in the decades since it was written. It will appeal especially to literate religious audiences and to those who go to church but long for some different light to shine the path of their life.
  • (4/5)
    The Power and the Glory. Graham Greene. 1940. Greene visited Mexico in 1938 to report on the religious persecution of the Roman Catholic Church during the civil war there. The result of this visit was a nonfiction account, The Lawless Roads and, later this novel. I had tried to read Greene several times and years before I picked this up to read for book club, but never could get interested enough to finish whatever book it was that I’d started. This time it was different. I was immediately interested in the “whiskey priest” and his situation. He is one of the last priests in Mexico (other than the ones who have given in to the government and quit serving mass, hearing confessions, baptizing and burying) and is slowly making his way toward freedom. In spite of the danger, he continues to hear confessions and to say mass if he has the wine, and even though he is mired in his on sin and doubts his worth. After journeying through the area and on the verge of escape, he turns around and goes to hear the confession of a dying man even though he knows he will be captured and killed.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this tale of a ravaged whiskey priest. I love Graham Greene. His approach to morality is one I can understand.
  • (5/5)
    I really liked this book. It was set in an epoch I was unfamiliar with -- Communist, religion-banning Mexico in the 1930s -- and its portrayal of a self-doubting whiskey priest on the run from zealous priest-hunters and his own demons alike was nothing short of enthralling. What I’m sure I will remember most about this novel is just how very well written it was: Greene definitely has a way with words and images that makes his prose feel so absolutely right and impeccably assembled that no other words or images could really be acceptable substitutes. This was my first Grahame Greene, but it will definitely not be my last.
  • (3/5)
    A journey through oppression to find dignity, this book tells the story of one priest's struggle in a Godless Mexico. Many consider this to be Greene's best book. Ultimately Greene asks us how we would chose when faced with a similar challenge.
  • (4/5)
    A lovely subtle novel, set in communist Mexico. A renegade priest eludes the law for years and the reader comes to understand the meaning of humility and holiness. Thought provoking!