The Captain and the Enemy

The Captain and the Enemy Victor Baxter is a young boy when a secretive stranger known simply as the Captain takes him from his boarding school to live in London Victor becomes the surrogate son and companion of a woman named
  • Title: The Captain and the Enemy
  • Author: Graham Greene
  • ISBN: 9780140113044
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Captain and the Enemy
    Victor Baxter is a young boy when a secretive stranger known simply as the Captain takes him from his boarding school to live in 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 LVictor Baxter is a young boy when a secretive stranger known simply as the Captain takes him from his boarding school to live in 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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    Henry Graham Greene, OM, CH was an English novelist, short story writer, playwright, screenplay writer, travel writer and critic whose works explore the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world Greene combined serious literary acclaim with wide popularity.Although Greene objected strongly to being described as a Catholic novelist rather than as a novelist who happened to be Catholic, Catholic religious themes are at the root of much of his writing, especially the four major Catholic novels Brighton Rock, The Heart of the Matter, The End of the Affair, and The Power and the Glory Works such as The Quiet American, Our Man in Havana and The Human Factor also show an avid interest in the workings of international politics and espionage Excerpted from

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  • I know this book is bad ass because weeks after reading it, I stopped in the middle of the sidewalk and realized what Greene was doing He does it very effectively, too, by using the way in which he tells the story to tell a part of the story.My current theory is that this is book is actually a brilliant exposition on the scaffolding we all create in our attempts to architect meaning Nothing means anything, Greene seems to argue, but we try and infuse meaning to literal scraps in order to weave s [...]


  • The Captain and the Enemy, Graham Greene The Captain and the Enemy is the last novel published by the English author Graham Greene The Captain and the Enemy tells the story of a young boy named Victor Baxter taken away from his boarding school by a stranger to live in London This stranger is simply known as the Captain and he appears mysterious to Victor In London Victor companions a woman named Liza and tells her any news that happens in the outside world When Victor reaches manhood, he finally [...]


  • I get the impression that neither of you trusts the other Why are you friends I told you not friends It s a game A serious game like chess or backgammon We swap pieces unimportant pieces though of course everything in a sense can lead to something important For his friends or mine This is the last novel published during Greene s lifetime I don t know whether it is the last he wrote, but this is one of the absurd stories he has concocted From here on there be SPOILERS view spoiler The story begi [...]



  • Being his last novel first published in 1988, this paperback is about a schoolboy named Victor Baxter whose adventure is interestingly narrated by himself From a brief synopsis enpedia wiki The_Cap , the one and the book itself, his age is still a mystery and it s a bit difficult to tell exactly even from the context so I d leave it at that till some Greene gurus kindly notify me.However, after one or two hours ago I came back to see this review and found that I made a mistake for a failure of v [...]


  • I hadn t heard of this book until a friend mentioned it recently, comparing it with Travels With My Aunt I d say it s along the lines of Our Man in Havana myself, especially the final part set in Latin America.Knowing Greene, there was a moral in it, but I missed out on that, enjoying the story for its quirkiness The series of seemingly senseless, random acts in Jim s life since The Captain appears is explained later in stages, including how his father lost him in game of backgammon One point t [...]


  • Greeneland encompasses morality, Catholicism, foreignintrigue, an inability to love and the raw nerves ofevil a constant force in the world I get vexed when he seems like a church publicist, but his gifted storytelling always amused, rueful, ironic is beguiling Greeneonce said, I wonder how those who do not write, composeor paint can escape the madness and panic which is inherentin the human situation Greene reveals a masterly selection of detail and superb economy of language as he ponderssalva [...]


  • I love a book that leaves me pondering the story Graham Greene s The Captain and the Enemy is that type of book I am not sure I am finished thinking about all I just finished reading Though the story was strange, it was plausible Filled with characters with levels of depth I am not sure how I feel about each of them The story is is equally layered, but all of this is really in a simple story A bit of mystery, a bit of love story and a bit of espionage keeps readers wanting I am so happy to have [...]


  • An under appreciated milky gem of a Greene novel for sure, but one that resonated with me Greene is always a bit of a risk taker and this novel proves no different than many of his others It is ambiguous, slightly absurd, and feels a tad like Conrad wrote Treasure Island as a Central American spy novel As Greene s last novel, it incorporates aspects of both his Catholic novels with his spy novels To me CE read as a fragmented meditation read map on love, kindness, truth, sacrifice and buried un [...]


  • A classical espionage book written by Graham Greene.3 The Third Man4 The End of the Affair4 Our Man in Havana3 The Captain and the EnemyTR The Quiet AmericanTR The Power and the GloryTR Brighton RockTR Travels With My AuntTR The Tenth ManTR Monsignor QuixoteTR The Honorary ConsulTR The Heart of the MatterTR Orient Express


  • I know that this is Greene s last published novel, and that many literary critics tend to ignore it, considering it as not really being a good example of the kind of writing Greene was capable of Having read The Quiet American and The Ministry of Fear An Entertainment, I can understand that reasoning The themes and message of The Captain and the Enemy are not as strong and philosophical as those other works that were written during the height of Greene s career However, I found this book person [...]


  • I ve enjoyed everything I ve read by Greene do faris has quite a humorous theme running through the most of it, but how could it not, when it begins with a boy essentially being kidnapped from school by someone who claims to have won him in a game of backgammon.The characters of the captain and the devil were so well written and such big characters I felt they left Liza and Jim a bit behindough Liza s relationship with the captain was what held the whole book together right up to that final lett [...]


  • I really liked Greene s The Quiet American so much that I am willing to give anything written by him a try In this story it seems that he is trying to channel Pip in Great Expectations, but falls a bit short There is so much emotional detachment in all of Greene s characters and I find it a bit redundant and rather annoying In writing from a youth s perspective, he is constantly pointing out that his account is marred by fantasy and selective memory Obviously, such is life from a child s perspec [...]


  • Though there were portions of excitement and mystery as the story began, I was pleased when the location changed from the bleak, desperate basement of the London flat at the begin story gave way to the tropic climes of Panama Graham Greene finds a way to deftly weave in a strand of hidden America history.


  • Excellent exploration of words and meaning, most especially the power we apply to, or strip from, words.



  • I enjoyed this book quite a lot, but I also felt that it was in some way like a young adult novel it seems like a brilliant book written by a boy And yet there is a deep honest truth about love and youth that resonated with me contained within the pages Jim Baxter appears to be incapable of love He talks about his own attempts at dating as if they were small sporting events, at best, or minor episodes of illness, at worst In any case, love for Jim is something to be recovered from in order to be [...]


  • THE CAPTAIN AND THE ENEMY 1958 Graham Greene .This represents Greene s portrait of the men who benefit from conflicts between countries The captain is such a man He goes by many names, and history is very murky We meet him as he is removing Victor Baxter, a 12 year old boy, from his school in England The Captain explains to the headmaster that he has won Victor from his father in a backgammon game The headmaster sees nothing wrong with this, especially as Victor s tuition has already been pre pa [...]


  • At some stage in my doddering old age I would like to set aside a few months and endeavour to read all of Grahame Greene s books The Captain and the Enemy was his last book written in 1988 a few years before his death in the early 1990s The opening passages of the book where Victor, soon to be Jim, is running in the schoolyard being pursued by the school s resident bullies and where he literally runs into the arms of The Captain are just brilliant They should be read several times to savior the [...]


  • 3.5 starsI m not really sure what to say about this book I ve been collecting Penguin Classics and found a copy of this one in good condition for a low price, though I didn t intend to pick it up and read it for a while I did end up picking it up only a couple days after buying it though, and I did enjoy it I can t help but feel I missed the big picture but at the same time I think that is the big picture The story was full of mystery and Jim s desire and subsequently the reader s desire to find [...]


  • I was inspired to read this novel by a glowing review of the it in Salman Rushdie s Imaginary Homelands It lived up to Rushdie s praise It will be a sad day once I ve read all of Greene s novels, luckily there s still a few to be read I think one of the blurbs on the book jacket sum up the novel best The master s hand is clearly at work rich with echoes of Graham Green s great obsessions love, sex, authority, God, the paradoxical natures of truth, honesty, strength, goodness and evil The New Yor [...]



  • I really like Graham Greene, but this is not a very good book, and definitely not representative of his writing ability It was disorganized, random, and not very interesting.



  • The depth of this story is something which left me pondering for a while after finishing the book The narrative is not straightforward, jumping around between several characters and several stages in the development of these people, and maybe this work should not be read too young After all, it does reflect Mr Greene s thoughts at the latter end of his days Then again, maybe I am reading too much into it Whatever one s inclination, appreciation of Mr Greene s wit does not take than understandin [...]


  • At the age of 84, Graham Greene wrote THE CAPTAIN AND THE ENEMY, proving he was still a master of style and economy A breakdown of the plot is not necessary in this review the theme is family dynamics, and Greene makes a universal statement with that theme If, in 2017, almost thirty years after this novel appeared, the definition of family has been changing, this story may resonate with readers than it did upon publication.Greene s hand is steady throughout and his stylistic decisions are spot [...]


  • Not the best Graham Greene I ve read But it was readable and short enough All the characters are distant and you don t really learn anything too interesting about them I think eventually they go to Panama and someone alludes to someone else flying guns to the Sandinistas That s about the highlight of the book.


  • An expeditious, intriguing and humorous story, reminding one that life will not necessarily provide all the answers to their questions.



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