The Captain and the Enemy

The Captain and the Enemy

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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 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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1999.
ISBN: 9780140188554
Branch Call Number: FIC Green
Characteristics: 188 pages ; 20 cm.


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Jun 25, 2014

Graham Greene was incredibly prolific, writing dozens of novels, short stories, film articles, screenplays, and memoirs. I've been reading him on and off for two decades and still haven't read all his books. He has his great books ("The Power and the Glory," "The Heart of the Matter"), his entertaining books ("The Third Man," "Our Man in Havana"), and his mediocre books ("The Comedians," "M. Quixote"). This final novel of his is the curious story of a boy taken from his boarding school by the mysterious Captain of the title. It end in Panama. Worth reading for the Greene completist, but not the Greene novel to start with.

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