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The Honorary Consul summary The Honorary Consul, series The Honorary Consul, book The Honorary Consul, pdf The Honorary Consul, The Honorary Consul 2ae4685136 The Honorary Consul Is A British Thriller Novel By Graham Greene, Published In It Was One Of The Author S Favourite WorksThe Story Is Set In An Unnamed City In Northern Argentina, Near The Border With Paraguay Which Can Be Assumed To Be The City Of Corrientes


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    The Honorary Consul, Graham GreeneThe Honorary Consul is a British thriller novel by Graham Greene, published in 1973 It was one of the author s own favourite works The title is a reference to the diplomatic position known as an honorary consul The story is set in the city of Corrientes, part of the Argentine Littoral, on the shore of the Paran River Eduardo Plarr is an unmarried medical doctor of English descent who when a boy left Paraguay with his mother to escape the political turmoil for Buenos Aires His English father remained in Paraguay as a political rebel and aside from a single hand delivered letter, they never hear from him again 1978 1356 386 1385 402 9644056094 20 .


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    BEYOND THE LIMIT OLTRE IL LIMITE Greene considerava questo romanzo del 1973 forse il suo migliore, per non fu tra i suoi commercialmente pi fortunati Io non saprei dire se il migliore Forse no, credo di no Ma, che fascino, che esotismo, quanto sottile, ingarbugliata eppure lineare, e struggente, la storia raccontata in queste pagine.Michael Caine Charles Fortnum, il console onorario del titolo Il magnifico attore inglese all epoca aveva 50 anni.I consoli onorari sono in fondo alla catena diplomatica contano poco, non sono scelti tra il personale di carriera, ma tra emigrati, gente che ce l ha fatta nel nuovo paese d accoglienza, per lo pi mercanti, che ricoprono la carica senza compenso e senza immunit , in cambio del modesto status che la carica attribuisce Diplomatici low cost Anzi, a costo zero.Grazie al non memorabile film di John Mackenzie del 1983, ma comunque dignitosissimo e gradevole, questo console onorario ha le sembianze indimenticabili di Michael Caine, sullo schermo, che, come le pagine impongono, dedito al bere 24 7 Fino a un dato momento.Il medico Eduardo Parr, nato in Paraguay da genitori inglesi, interpretato da Richard Gere, all epoca 34enne, nel pieno del suo periodo di maggior successo.Siamo nel nord dell Argentina, qualche anno prima che la dittatura facesse scomparire desaparecidos trentamila persone scaraventandole da aerei i voli della morte al largo nell oceano Atlantico dopo averle rapite torturate stuprate.Quanti morti ci sono nel mare Di cosa si nutrono i pesci che mangiamo La citt probabilmente Corrientes sul fiume Paran , e quindi al confine col Paraguay Paese nel quale era, invece, gi in corso una dittatura, una di quelle cui l America Latina ci ha cos solidamente abituati Il dittatore dell epoca si chiamava Stroessner, nella finzione romanzesca cos come nella vita reale.C un medico nato in Paraguay da genitori inglesi, Eduardo Parr, che nel film ha il volto e il fisico non indifferenti di Richard Gere Suo padre un oppositore del dittatore, viene arrestato, non torna pi indietro Il figlio si porta dentro la speranza che sia ancora vivo, seppure incercerato, e quindi, la speranza di poterlo liberare.Clara interpretata da Elpidia Carrillo, un buon esempio di miscast.Dopo la scomparsa del padre, Eduardo Parr si trasferisce dall altra parte del fiume, e del confine, in quella citt che il romanzo lascia presumere sia Corrientes, Argentina Diventa amico della piccola comunit inglese locale due uomini, un insegnante divorato dalla frustrazione, Humphries, e Charles Fortnum, sessant anni, dedito al bere, console onorario Michael Caine, come dicevo.Una notte Eduardo Parr conosce una giovane prostituta, Clara, dalla quale subito attratto ma non hanno rapporto perch vorrebbe dire acquistare una mercanzia e Eduardo Parr si sottrae Romantico fino allo stordimento.Due anni dopo il console onorario chiama a casa sua Eduardo Parr, che non dimentichiamoci medico si tratta di visitare la sua giovane moglie.I giovani amanti Il film del 1983, la regia di John MacKenzie, meglio noto per null altro.Chi mai sar la donna convolata a nozze con un sessantenne straniero, alcolizzato e disilluso Non pu che essere Clara, la giovane prostituta, che ha marchiato il cuore del medico.Clara guarisce e inizia una storia proprio con il suo dottore, Eduardo Parr Rimane incinta Il console onorario crede che il nascituro sia suo figlio e smette di bere Vuole cambiare, ravvedersi, iniziare una nuova vita, se mai possibile.Nell ambulatorio di Eduardo Parr si presenta un gruppo di terroristi paraguayani Tra loro c un ex sacerdote cattolico che stato compagno di scuola di Eduardo Parr Chiedono l aiuto di Parr per rapire l ambasciatore americano in modo da poterlo scambiare con i prigionieri politici detenuti in Paraguay tra loro c sicuramente il padre di Eduardo.Magnifico, grandioso, rimpianto, indimenticabile Bob Hoskins Qui il capo della polizia argentina, colui che informa Parr Gere che fa male a sperare nella liberazione di suo padre, che morto ormai da tempo.Il medico si presta Ma il rapimento fallisce nel senso che invece di rapire l ambasciatore, sequestrano un semplice console, anzi, un misero console onorario Proprio Fortnum.Che, ovviamente, non vale nulla, non merce di scambio.Eduardo Parr sospettato di essere complice dei sequestratori, anche perch alla polizia argentina nota la sua relazione con Clara, la giovane moglie del console onorario rapito La polizia informa Eduardo che suo padre non potr essere scambiato con Fortnum perch morto da tempo in un tentativo di fuga.La polizia interviene per liberare il console onorario e nel conflitto a fuoco muore Eduardo Parr Fortnum si salva Torna a casa Apprende che il bimbo che sta per nascere non suo, ma di Parr Lo chiameranno Eduardo.Distillato della quintessenza di Greene, lo scrittore inglese tutto dentro queste pagine intreccio e divertissement, suspense e thriller, che prima di tutto psicologico, umano occidentali trapiantati ai tropici, o gi di l senso di colpa, religione, cattolicesimo contraddizioni dei sentimenti peccatori in un mondo abbandonato da dio verso i quali impossibile non provare empatia rigidit morale coniugata con la pietas romanticismo declinato con una robusta dose di disincanto propensione al bere Adoro Graham Greene, amo questo romanzo.Il console onorario, magnifico cornuto, in compagnia della sua giovane moglie e del suo miglior amico.


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    Greene has two bonafide genuine masterpieces in The Quiet American The End of the Affair, but by all rights The Honorary Consul takes a very honorary place along The Power and the Glory that is, it s about these incredibly Hollywood esque or legends of important people making choices suffering the inevitable In perfect prose, in lucid detail and exquisite, meaningful dialogue, Consul is intriguing and exciting at all times The characters are very much alive, and their roles all exude pathos at diverse and therefore interesting levels Greene is a total pleasure to read That said, it may be the weakest novel of his I ve read by far Brighton Rock was way unexpected, the aforementioned classic masterpieces Quiet and Affair are complete and utterly, devastatingly hugely beautiful Power and the Glory seems magnificent not as asphyxiated with themes of Catholic Church bashing as this novel is esp at its concluding pages Alas, Consul offers the best of Greene, though not THE VERY best of Greene But as consolation, you pretty much always know that you can t go wrong going Greene.


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    Description In a provincial Argentinean town, Charley Fortnum, a British consul with dubious authority and a weakness for drink, is kidnapped by Paraguayan revolutionaries who have mistaken him for the American ambassador Dr Eduardo Plarr, a local physician with his own divided loyalties, serves as the negotiator between the rebels and the authorities These fumbling characters play out an absurd drama of failure, hope, love, and betrayal against a backdrop of political chaos The Honorary Consul is both a gripping novel of suspense and a penetrating psychological and sociological study of personal and political corruption Wonderful read, especially after my last Greeneland episode of The Heart of the Matter , which I didn t enjoy very much at all Lots to mull over with this one and it is good to have thought provoking issues on the menu Fully recommended.3 The Quiet American4 The End of the Affair3 The Power and the Glory2 The Heart of the Matter3 Our Man in Havana4 Brighton Rock3 The Third Man4 Travels With My Aunt4 The Human FactorTR The Comedians4 A Burnt Out CaseCR The Honorary Consul3 A Gun for SaleTR Complete Short Stories3 The Captain and the Enemy2 The Man Within4 Monsignor QuixoteTR The Confidential Agent4 The Ministry of Fear


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    Sex, love, life, death, whiskey, Catholicism and South American politics all familiar territory to Graham Greene but The Honorary Consul 1973 whilst revisiting and exploring all these themes, is by no means a re tread or a recycling of previous Greene novels.The story this time is ostensibly centred around a bungled kidnapping attempt, all those whom it affects and its catastrophic aftermath This is, as is often than not the case with Green at his best powerful and compelling Whilst not perhaps quite up there with classic Graham Greene End of the Affair, Power and the Glory, Heart of the Matter it is very close The Honorary Consul is intriguing and compelling the unrelenting tension builds throughout Apparently this was one of Green s favourite of his own novels, the reason being given as the way the characters change throughout the course of the story.There is a lot here about fathers of all types both familial and religious and the long shadows that they can cast There is also much here concerning political causes in the wider sense, in relation to the resultant moral and religious dilemmas at a personal level Macro idealism vs reality at the Micro level.Graham Greene writes so very well, the best of his work is so accomplished, so well constructed and paced throughout with well drawn and thoroughly believable characters As with Greene s greatest novels, Honorary Consul is imbued with a sense of reality and authenticity throughout it is accessible whilst deeply meaningful profound This is a novel not to be missed and an important part of Graham Greene s truly great literary canon.


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    It s a long time since I read any of Graham Greene s work, the last being the glorious Travels with my Aunt which I read just before heading off on eight weeks of travel in Europe with my favourite aunt, and during which we encountered no smugglers, bandits, revolutionaries or political thugs though it was set partly in Latin America where Greene set The Honourary Consul and other works Greene was such a great storyteller that he was able to write a gripping narrative while dealing with great themes of political repression the effects of isolation physical, social and emotional political disillusionment and corruption the existence or not of god and the possibility or not of love He takes his time to set the scene and introduce his characters in their torpid Argentinean city whose only visible cultural institution is the brothel , and although there is in fact a great deal of action, he plays out the line of the story slowly, until the last 3 chapters when it seems as though inevitable execution of the mistakenly kidnapped hostage is imminent Once the inevitable death has happened, the emotional tone shifts from fear and resignation to sorrow and tenderness Masterfully set up, masterly resolved.I can understand why it was on of Greene s favourite works.


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    One of his later novels 1973 , it was better than I thought it would be The same themes love, betrayal, justice, and faith, with a newer one machismo Set in northern Argentina on the border with Paraguay, Dr Plarr, of an Argentine mother and British father, seems much older than his 30 years, world weary.Not quite as intense as my favorite 4 The Quiet American The Heart of the Matter A Burnt Out Case The End of the Affair but it s still Greene in top form and convincing Forget Bel Canto, this kidnapping is much real and compelling.There are some very funny parts about a mediocre novelistbut as usual, one comes to feel compassion for the characters, even the ones one was laughing at earlierI love how Greene does that deepens our understandingjust as Plarr comes to realize about himself, and as a result, those around him.


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    I picked up a Graham Greene novel after a long time and it was pure nostalgia to be transported back to Greeneland usually a third world country with a despotic government, with British expatriates forgotten by Her Majesty s Government, where the men are middle aged, guilt ridden and unable to love, men who have lost their faith in God and whose only outlets are the bottle or a prostitute Where the search for redemption is their only remaining life force.Dr, Plarr is the central character, a British Parguayan doctor who sleeps with his patients wives but loves none of them He is secretly loyal to the revolution in Paraguay, to which he lost his father, and lives in a border town on the Argentinian side, while his exiled mother overdoses on pastry and sugar in the affluent suburbs of Buenos Aires Plarr s foil is Fortnum, the Honorary Counsel, a Brit forgotten by his government, consigned to this outpost out of convenience, a drunk and aging man who has fallen in love with his twenty year old wife Clara, a former prostitute from the town s whorehouse Clara has slept with every man in town, including Dr Plarr She is presently carrying Plarr s baby although Fortnum is under the impression that it is his own.Revolutionaries from Paraguay flit over the border into Argentina in an attempt to kidnap the visiting US Ambassador, helped with some inside information from Plarr, but they capture Fortnum instead in a mixup Thus starts the situation where Plarr is forced to save the man he hates and wishes dead The pressure cooker plot corners the kidnappers, Plarr and Fortnum inside a shack in the barrio, surrounded by police who are determined to kill the perpetrators and rescue the Honorary Counsel Fortnum and Plarr, and the kidnappers, are forced to face their mortality and come to terms with issues such as their belief in God, in love, and in justice Often their conversations slump into becoming confessions.Now that I am an older reader of Greene and not in idealistic awe of his work any, I found some limitations in this book the dialogue was excessive went in circles at times, and scenes inside the shack were claustrophobic and resembled debates on the existence of God as if Greene was trying to come to terms with his own conflicted faith The metaphors were striking e.g Plarr the flawed Christ like figure, sacrificing himself to save a bunch of sinners And while the male characters were well drawn, the women lacked the same depth.There were some interesting observations, or Greeneisms as I call them 1 Writing is a cure for melancholy2 There is a Great Church beyond our time and place, not the one on earth3 God has good and evil inside Him, and so do we mortalsNow that I have read most of Greene s Catholic novels as opposed to his earlier entertainments , I am convinced that he used his later writing to come to terms with his personal estrangement with the Catholic Church, to expose its failings, while affirming his belief that he could still be a good Catholic outside of his Church.


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    Plenty of reviews already for The Honorary Consul A subdued, understated quality to the characters here As usual with Greene, no winners on offer just an overall sense of loss.


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    From BBC radio 4 Drama 31 01 2016 In a conversation with Nicholas Shakespeare, Graham Greene once named The Honorary Consul as his favourite among all his novels,..because the characters change and that is very difficult to do In this superbly tense story of political kidnap and sexual betrayal set at the beginning of Argentina s Dirty War in early 1970s, Greene s characters find themselves on a switchback ride of love, sacrifice and violence.Isolated Dr Eduardo Plarr, son of a missing political prisoner, is lured into collaborating with a defrocked priest in a kidnap plot, only to find the lives of two people he doesn t care for, suddenly in his hands.Meanwhile Charles Fortnum, the elderly and drunken Honorary Consul in a one horse town near the Paraguayan border, faces his own terrors, and the loss of the young prostitute he has fallen in love with.Greene added For me the sinner and the saint can meet there is no discontinuity, no rupture The basic element I admire in Christianity is its sense of moral failure That is its very foundation For once you re conscious of personal failure, then perhaps in future you become a little less fallible In The Honorary Consul I did suggest this idea, through the guerrilla priest, that God and the devil were actually one and the same person God had a day time and a night time face, but that He evolved, as Christ tended to prove, towards His day time face absolute goodness thanks to each positive act of men In this concluding episode, Plarr s attempts to help Charley get him death threats from the police Not only is the state closing in on Plarr, but his own past too.Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting.http www.bbc.co.uk programmes b06z1zf4A movie was made based on this book Beyond the Limit 1983 with Michael Caine, Richard Gere, Bob Hoskins.3 The Third Man4 The End of the Affair4 Our Man in Havana3 The Captain and the Enemy3 The Quiet American4 The Ministry of Fear4 The Power and the Glory4 TR The Honorary ConsulTR Brighton RockTR Travels With My AuntTR The Tenth ManTR Monsignor QuixoteTR The Heart of the MatterTR Orient Express


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