Dr Fischer of Geneva, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Doctor Fischer despises the human race. When the notorious toothpaste millionaire decides to hold the last of his famous parties - his own deadly version of the Book of Revelations - Greene opens up a powerful vision of the limitless greed of the rich.

Black comedy and painful satire combine in a totally compelling novel.




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Of the books I've read, this is as close as I've seen Greene come to emulating the enormous tragedy at the heart of Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms." Both books are about the same length - Greene's might be a little shorter - and about vastly different things, but both look at human corruption, at love, and end tragically.Greene's is the lesser of the two, without a doubt, though it isn't without its own highlights. The tale of Dr Fischer is morally ambiguous. He hosts parties where he expects his guests to humiliate themselves, with a fabulously expensive gift their reward if they do. One guest, the narrator, who works as a translator in a chocolate factory, refuses to lower himself as others do so quickly; it is ironic - or morally the heart of the story - that the narrator needs the money, and the others do not.

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