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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 h 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 learns the secrets and intelligence of the Captain 2000 1378 203 9643054306 20 The Book of Beginnings renames h 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 The Homelanders (The Homelanders, reaches manhood he finally learns the secrets and intelligence of the Captain 2000 1378 203 9643054306 20

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The Captain and the Enemy

Im “Jim” and depends on him for any news about the world outside their door Raised in these odd yet touching circumstances Jim is never uite sure of Liza’s relationship to the Captain who is often away on mysterious er 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 SPOILERSview spoiler The story begins with the main character Victor Baxter being taken from his boarding school by a stranger The stranger persuades Victor with little effort to stay with a women named Liza in London Later Victor s father discovers his son s whereabouts but does not appear to care too much about the strange abduction Anyway Victor grows up being cared for by the woman in London and the stranger who abducted him from boarding school when he was twelve years old He refers to the stranger as the Captain The Captain teaches Victor at home as sending Victor to school would expose the strange setup of Victor s home life to the authorities Over time the Captain is absent from the family but it remains unclear what keeps the Captain away all that is known is that he is involved in some criminal and some shady business which eventually takes him to South America Victor follows him And from this point on The Captain and the Enemy reads almost like a re writing of Our Man in Havana except that this story is bleaker and Greene does not use comedy to veil the sad and contemptuous effects of the espionage business Instead he uses absurdity in the form of a movie monster this time to show the love and closeness between the main characters We have both been a burden to him And then King Kong came back into my mind and the words he had used to me then when I watched the King with his burden a burden which kicked him so hard that I wondered why he didn t drop her into the street below He loves her boy can t you understand that Perhaps I have never understood the nature of love Perhaps I wish I had seen him once or that I hadn t lied to him at the beginning And true to Greene s style he uses this private joke the trust the knowledge of the familiar between Victor Liza and the Captain as the Achilles heel that will seal their fate He touched the papers piled on his desk as though the mere feel of them might convey some answer to his uestion and then he spoke his thoughts aloud King Kong It haunts me that name King Kong King Kong is the only clue we have Could he be a name in some elementary book code which is all they would have trusted to an amateur like that A character in Shakespeare perhaps Some famous line that even the gringos would recognize Well the boy s gone He can do no harm to us All the same how I would like to break that code of his King Kong hide spoiler

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Rands 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 Auchar 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 ponderssalvation damnation


10 thoughts on “The Captain and the Enemy

  1. says:

    This is a short novel one of the last written by Greene when he was in his 80’s It has a fairly low rating for Greene although it’s a decent if a bit implausible storyDuring WW II a mysterious man the Captain ‘wins’ a boy in a backgammon game The boy is an orphan sent to boarding school by an aunt The boy hates both the school and h

  2. says:

    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 t

  3. says:

    The Captain and the Enemy Graham Greene The Captain and the Enemy is the last novel published by the English autho

  4. says:

    Graham Greene as everyone knows is my favourite writer I am yet to find even one book of his own that has let me down or disappointed me in even the slightest way I have revisited them all in turns in between reading books by other writers which have been of the same caliber and skill and also those which have seemed inferior to his novels And so the uestion here that would haunt and even surprise some is why did I choo

  5. says:

    An enjoyable and absorbing story of Victor the schoolboy and the mysterious captain told in four partsCircumstances bring them into contact with each other one day when Victor is called to the headmaster's office of his boarding school With Victor's father's permission the Captain has come to take the boy out for the afternoon and so begins the adventureGraham Greene's last novel is one of complexity but also

  6. says:

    ‘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 eve

  7. says:

    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 esca

  8. says:

    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 Wikipedia synopsis the Goodreads one and the

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  10. says:

    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 AmericaKnowing Greene there was a moral in it but I missed out on that enjoying the story for its uirkiness The series of

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