WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS Wormold is a vacuum cleaner salesman in a city of power cuts.
His adolescent daughter spends his money with a skill that amazes him, so when a mysterious Englishman offers him an extra income he's tempted.
In return all he has to do is carry out a little espionage and file a few reports.
But when his fake reports start coming true, things suddenly get more complicated and Havana becomes a threatening place.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 06/04/2001
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099286080
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Review by dylanwolf
I'll admit to having great problems with Graham Greene's style. It seems to me very dry and dead. The story here is a comic one and very enchanting. A naive, unsuspecting vacuum cleaner salesman is gently persuaded to supplement his meagre income by taking on the job of being an MI6 agent in Havana. Feeling guilty because he has no idea what he is being paid for he starts to fabricate reports back to head office. His hedonistic daughter has pretensions of a rich lifestyle and soon his position as an agent is compromised. I know this is meant to be funny but the writing just doesn't inspire me to anything. Does anyone know of a Graham Greene helpline where I could get advice?
Review by miketroll
Hugely funny, Greene at his best in this story set in pre-Castro Cuba of a vacuum cleaner salesman who becomes a spy.
Review by thierry
Like most of its characters, this book reeks of whisky: starts off very strongly, is full of witicisms, absurd situations and hilarious quid pro quos at first, but then tappers off, loses its energy and gets a bit lost in its tale. A shame really for the evening started off so promisingly.This is a funny and absurd story about a fumbling accidental spy whose very creative and very imaginary reports have sinister and very real repercussions. Entertaining story, written in a great understated style. Perhaps does not end strongly, perhaps not as strong as the author’s other books.
Review by JohnNebauer
Heavy on the whimsy, but I applaud the overall wordview that fails to take seriously the pretensions of the great powers
Review by Niecierpek
A highly entertaining spy, but no spy, story that takes place in Cuba at the end of the fifties, right before Castro's revolution. I didn't know Greene's playful side, everything I read before was very heavy, and whereas this is not devoid of good and biting insights, it's much more entertaining than anything I've read before. An excellent preface by Christopher Hitchens was worth reading on its own.
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