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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,821 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Graham Greene Narrator: Joseph Porter Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Three men meet on a ship bound for Haiti, where corruption and terror reign under the dictatorship of Papa Doc and the Tontons Macoute, his sinister secret police. Disillusioned and noncommittal, they are the “comedians” of Greene’s title. Brown is a disenchanted English hotel owner; the Smiths are an American couple on a good-will mission; Martha is the young wife of a Latin American diplomat; Jones is an engaging fool. They play their parts, respectable or shady, in the foreground, experiencing love affairs rather than love, enthusiasms but not a faith, and meaningless accidental deaths. Hiding behind their actors’ masks, they hesitate on the edge of life, afraid of love, pain, and fear itself. With alternating comedy, irony, and grim violence, Greene weaves these lives in a pattern of mounting suspense.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of Graham Greene’s most chilling and prophetic novels.”

    Amazon.com editorial review

  • “Laughter is possible even in the dark night of Haiti…A vision that is at once comic and intensely serious…A major novel!”

    Roger Sharrock, author of Saints, Sinners and Comedians

  • “Greene’ Comedians is eminently, expertly stylish. It may not be his most important book but a good many attractive adjectives apply.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “One of his best novels…The Haiti of The Comedians is grainy, visceral, forthright, and true.”

    Chicago Tribune

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steph | 2/13/2014

    " There were a few moments that I felt I had slipped into a version of Candide set in Haiti. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Luis Salas | 2/12/2014

    " I read The Comedians, on the recommendation of my advisor and became an immediate Graham Greene fan. I have since started reading other Greene and am surprised to find that The Comedians pales in comparison to others of his books. All together, though, The Comedians is still clever, pithy, despair-inducing, and well worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris Bennett | 2/7/2014

    " I've finally got around to reading a Graham Greene novel and I must say that he is masterful. He mixed politics, history, and complex characters in this one. Are you a comedian? I know I am. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Heather | 2/6/2014

    " This is one of my all time favorite books. My good friend lent me her copy and it has led to my complete trust in her taste in books. This book satiates the traveler, anthropologist and lover of a good read that resides in me. This book is what comes to mind when I think favorite book.m "

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