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Author: Tim Pigott Smith,Graham Greene
ISBN13: 978-0754007265
Title: The Comedians
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Language: English
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Publisher: Chivers Audio Books; Unabridged edition (December 1, 2001)

The Comedians by Tim Pigott Smith,Graham Greene

Tim Pigott-Smith captures the signature cynicism of Greene, so much so that the occasional appearance of pure sentiment strikes like a scream in night. If Pigott-Smith's attempts at a French-Caribbean accent sound a bit like Peter Lorre, it's a small fault, given the wicked intelligence he brings to the narration. c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine. Book pak, BBC Audiobooks America/ Chivers, 2001.

The book opens with Brown, Smith and Jones all on a boat headed toward Haiti. Brown owns a hotel in Haiti during the oppressive government of Papa Doc Duvalier. Jones is an unknown, but suspected from fairly early on of being a con man. Smith (and his wife) are from the United States. He was a very minor presidential candidate that is a proponent of vegetarianism as a way of life and a method toward world wide peace. Brown, aware of the political difficulty, knows how ridiculous it is for Smith to be attempting to create a vegetarian propaganda center in the midst of a repressive dictatorship.

Graham Greene was born in 1904 and educated at Berkhamsted School, where his father was headmaster. A word about the characters of The Comedians. I am unlikely to bring an action for libel against myself with any success, yet I want to make it clear that the narrator of this tale, though his name is Brown, is not Greene. Many readers assume - I know it from experience - that an 'I' is always the author. So in my time I have been considered the murderer of a friend, the jealous lover of a civil servant's wife, and an obsessive player at roulette.

Read by Tim Pigott-Smith. Summary, et. "The gripping tragicomedy of a bungled kidnapping in a provincial Argentinian town tells the story of Charley Fortnum, the 'Honorary Consul,' a whiskey-sodden figure of dubious authority who is taken by a group of revolutionaries" Container. Geographic Name: Argentina Fiction. Personal Name: Pigott-Smith, Tim. Rubrics: British Argentina Fiction Kidnapping Diplomats.

Read by Tim Piggot Smith. Description: Three men meet on a ship bound for Haiti, a world in the grip of the corrupt Papa Doc and the Tontons Macoute, his sinister secret police. Brown the hotelier, Smith the innocent American, and Jones the confidence man-these are the comedians of Greene’s title. Hiding behind their actors’ masks, they hesitate on the edge of life. With Graham Greene’s The Comedians, however, I believe I have found the source for Stone’s trippy foray. And it ma Several years back, after reading Robert Stone’s (underappreciated) Bay of Souls, I saw someone somewhere say that Stone had departed from his Conradian foundation, and had pulled a Delillo on readers.

Home Graham Greene The Comedians. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31. ‘You’ve got a different scent. Martha brought up the rear carrying an electric torch. Mr Smith said, ‘We found this good lady in the car outside. There seemed no one around.

The End of the Affair Graham Greene Read by Michael Kitchen Unabridged Running time 6hrs 30mins Chivers Audio Books £1. 5. The Drowning People Richard Mason Read by Tim Pigott-Smith Unabridged Running time 11hrs 35 mins Chivers Audio Books £1. Read by Tony Britton Abridged; Running time 3hrs. However, Tony Britton's voice, older and gentler than Tim Pigott-Smith's, helps to make James more credible and sympathetic, and the abridgement does a service to the novel, highlighting its dramatic strengths and masking its shortcomings.

Written by Graham Greene Read by Tim Pigott-Smith Format: MP3 Bitrate: 48 Kbps Unabridged. A novel which follows a man who embarks on a journey around the world with his elderly yet adventurous aunt, visiting locations such as Paris and Paraguay, mixing with hippies, war criminals and CIA Agents. From the author of OUR MAN IN HAVANA. This Torrent also has several backup trackers.

Written by Graham Greene, Audiobook narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith. Disillusioned and noncommittal, they are the comedians of Greene’s title, hiding from life’s pain and love behind their chosen masks. We are bad comedians, we aren't bad men. By Darwin8u on 11-20-12. Tim Pigott-Smith is great, even if his characterizations do sail a little close to impersonation sometimes.

Graham Greene (Author), Audible Studios (Producer), Tim Pigott-Smith (Reader) & 0 more. A brilliant book like all Graham Greene, credible and desperately sad. The characters are convincing and the narrative poignant.

Reviews: 7
I place The Comedians with The Quiet American as a favorite Graham Greene novel. Greene did not shy away from speaking truth to power through his writing, and this book is no exception. Although Greene had spent a substantial amount of time in Duvalier's Haiti (where the novel is set), he was no longer welcome after The Comedians was published, and he wisely did not return. The setting is one of the most horrific small country dictatorships of the 20th century, and it was right in what the U.S. likes to think of as 'our back yard'. While President Kennedy was reportedly disgusted by Papa Doc's regime, there were other powerful elements within the U.S. who supported him at various points in time.

In this novel Greene characterizes most people as 'Comedians'. This is because most are trying to fool us, and are not what they would like us to believe. Early indications are that most people are less than they appear. Later developments demonstrate that some are actually much more, often in ways they themselves did not realize until faced with disaster and rising to the occasion. Those unexpected heroes were drawn from the ranks of ordinary people. The high and the mighty remained fakers, takers, phonies, and sometimes much much worse. It would be nice if Greene would have nothing further to write about, were he still alive. Regrettably, the world is no more enlightened now than it was then. He would have an unfortunate abundance of material to draw from.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I will be reading this one again at some point.
I hadn't read a Graham Greene novel in many years and wondered if I could still read him.Well the answer is a definite yes.

The novel is set in Haiti during the Duvalier years.The exact time setting is a little murky but I think it's around 1964.(By the way some of the historical events mentioned don't properly add up).The narrator and main character is Brown who is one of those obviously intelligent, capable men who has reached his late 50's without much to show for it.He owns a hotel in Port au Prince which doesn't have much of a future, to put it mildly.On a ship from New York he meets the Smiths and Jones , who are also travelling to Haiti.Jones is a con man who plays his final hand in Haiti, heroically.The Smiths are American progressives and vegetarians of impecable charachter.The author and Brown both mock the Smiths and admire them.In both they are justified.The Smiths live in a an American progressivist dream land which at times renders them incapable of seeing what is right in front of them.However , they have grit and courage and can be counted on when the chips are down.They will do the right thing.As a consequence , Brown , an opportunist of the highest order,winds up admiring them immensely.

The novel is well plotted and the Haitian back drop gives color and life.Greenes political musings can be a little ridiculous.But I have to give him points for one scene that is definitely a bit of political commentary.Brown is in The Dominican Republic , maybe a 100 miles from the Haitian border.He's being interviewed by an American manager of a local company.Brown is talking about how things are in Haiti in a rather matter of fact matter. The interviewer has no idea what he is talking about and no interest.He concludes that Brown , who probably is qualified for the job, is a kook and maybe a communist.There is a lot of truth in that scene.
I didn't enjoy this novel quite as much as commentators such as Anthony Bourdain indicated I would; not as much, for example, as 'Our Man In Havana' or 'The Ministry of Fear'. Perhaps the denouement wasn't as satisfying as I'd hoped but it's still classic Greene and, as always the characterisation is brilliant. The author's writerly craft is masterful and yet largely invisible to the reader. The Hotel Trianon setting itself almost becomes a character - that's quite something considering Greene, as always, is economical with his descriptions, virtually giving the reader's imagination free rein. 'The Comedians' irked Haiti's François "Papa Doc" Duvalier to such an extent that he felt compelled to publicly insult Greene. For that reason alone 'The Comedians' is of historical importance. But arguably more vital than that, it's a literary entertainment of a kind that's rare if not extinct nowadays.