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    review Getting to Know the General Graham Greene ↠ 4 Read review Ö PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Graham Greene Getting To Know The General is a little known out of print nonfiction book by one of my favorite writers Graham

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    [Pdf/E–book] Getting to Know the General Trust Graham Greene to make a biography as well as a nuanced and objective account of the political tumult of South and Central America in the

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    [Pdf/E–book] Getting to Know the General review Getting to Know the General I've been reading uite a few books by Graham Greene over the past few years Getting to Know the General The Story of an Involvement was one of his later books and the 3rd book of non fiction of his that I've read It is about General Omar Tor

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    review Getting to Know the General [Pdf/E–book] Getting to Know the General Graham Greene ↠ 4 Read I think Graham Greene was 80 when this book was published Early on maybe in the introduction he says that the book is about getting to know Omar Torrijos's security guard the improbably named Chuchu than it was about getting to know the general himself Though Chuchu and Torrijos are invariably charming it's the narrator in the gloaming of his life who steals the show I am certain that was unintentional But only through the eyes of someone

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    [Pdf/E–book] Getting to Know the General I was a young kid when I read this book okay 25 and what I thought was Greene was such a rebel He gets an invitation to visit General Omar Torrijos of Panama in 1976 and gets to know him This gets him kicked out of the US and treads on dangerous grounds for his travels But Greene was just that sort of characterand that is what makes this such a good read

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    [Pdf/E–book] Getting to Know the General I wrote a letter to Graham Greene in my head I'll be waiting forever to send it

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    review Ö PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Graham Greene Graham Greene ↠ 4 Read review Getting to Know the General I found this story “Getting to Know the General” by Graham Greene uite interesting and so because I was living and working in Panama when t

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    Graham Greene ↠ 4 Read review Ö PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Graham Greene [Pdf/E–book] Getting to Know the General For anyone interested in the politics of Central America in the 1970s and 1980s which of course also reuires an interest i

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    review Ö PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Graham Greene Graham Greene ↠ 4 Read [Pdf/E–book] Getting to Know the General Although the book could do with of the incredible literary abilities of the author seen in his novels the insight into what would normally be events happening behind closed doors is second to none How fascinating that Greene was given such access to important political events and decisions It is also explains why the Panamanians are so much in love with Torrijos why he was such a popular leader and has left such a huge mark on the

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review Getting to Know the General

Getting to Know the General Read ☆ 104 Greene's account of a five year personal involvement with Omar Torrijos ruler of Panama from 1968 81 and Sergeant. Getting To Know The General is a little known out of print nonfiction book by one of my favorite writers Graham Greene The story begins in 1976 when Greene inexplicably receives an invitation to visit Panama as the guest of then ruler General Omar Torrijos Herrar He immediately accepts knowing only of Panama from the exploits of the pirate Henry Morgan and the mysterious death of Francis Drake in the area In the process he becomes an intimate friend of the ruler and his fascinating friendbody guard Chuchu a former professor soldier pilot and lothario with scores of ex lovers and children He will visit the country five times between 1976 and 1983 The beginning of the book is rife with tension as the General negotiates a treaty for the hand over of the Panama Canal with then President Jimmy Carter From there the politics of South America and Central America have a routine background role in the story as it was a time of dictators and revolts in Latin America many of them with unwanted intervention by the US through the CIA and other means Even though politics play an important background role in Greene s travels discussions and meetings with the General it is also a travelogue Greene has been an intrepid traveler all of his life thus every time he visits he is trying to see as much of the country as possible and as I read I would read up about each place and region he visited in my Panama Lonely Planet because I will be limited to the area near Panama City since I don t have the time Greene had nor the use of the General s military planes The novel also hints at personal problems Green had in France at the time as well as his struggles to write a novel about his experiences in Panama which I believe would have made a fine novel so instead we get this unclassifiable and intriguing short book instead Even after the General dies Greene makes one final visit to Panama at the behest of Chuchu and the new administration The later part of the book becomes focused on the politics of the region and bears some resemblance to Salaman Rushdie s book about Nicaragua at a similar time The Jaguar s Smile Inexplicably that book is still in print while sadly this one is not I think Greene is a major writer than Rushdie and the cast of real life characters who populate the book are larger than life as well Henry Kissinger Jimmy Carter every Latin America leader of state from the time period including Fidel Castro and the soon to be infamous Manuel Noriega Arthur Koestler and Gabriel Garcia Maruez Thus I think it would be of greater interest to the general public than Rushdie s Needless to say I was happy to have been able to find a copy since it added a lot of enjoyment to my first journey to Panama

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Getting to Know the General Read ☆ 104 Chuchu one of the few men in the National Guard whom the General trusted completely It is a fascinating tribute to. I think Graham Greene was 80 when this book was published Early on maybe in the introduction he says that the book is about getting to know Omar Torrijos s security guard the improbably named Chuchu than it was about getting to know the general himself Though Chuchu and Torrijos are invariably charming it s the narrator in the gloaming of his life who steals the show I am certain that was unintentional But only through the eyes of someone capable of immense charm adventure and most of all love can a reader experience those things in his charactersAnyway I ended the book sad and in love with all three of them Plenty of politics but in a soft background way At one point Greene posits that socialism is just what happens when good hearted kids grow up and get power My favorite paragraph has to do with a bird that sings only when with its mate

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Getting to Know the General Read ☆ 104 An inspirational politician in the vital period of his country's history and to an unusual and enduring friendshi. For anyone interested in the politics of Central America in the 1970s and 1980s which of course also reuires an interest in the US intervention in the isthmus that intensified during the later stages of the Cold War this book provides fascinating insights into some of the key personalities involved Of course apart from Greene himself whose knowledge of the region grows with his friendship with the general we mainly find ourselves getting to know Omar Torrijos and his political amanuensis and bodyguard Chuchu Simply as a travelogue the book works because of the personalities the uirky and enigmatic Torrijos the ever willing and slightly crazy Chuchu and the pliable curious Graham Greene happy to be pushed into various political roles and literally to enjoy the ride as he gets dispatched to various parts of Panama or the wider region often in the presidential planeIn those couple of decades Torrijos was an influential figure not only in Panama principally in steering the agreement on the future of the canal and its return to Panamanian control but also in his involvement in regional politics He often operated behind the scenes giving support to the rebel armies challenging right wing governments in various countries providing refuge to people who needed a place of safety away from the different struggles not only guerilla leaders but also ordinary campesinos and publicly or clandestinely seeking solutions to the conflicts Greene is fascinated by Torrijos s self adopted regional role and becomes a willing co conspiratorWhile the focus of the book is on the two main Panamanian characters we get vignettes of many others Gabriel Garcia Maruez Fidel Castro Eden Pastora Tomas Borge and many We get snapshot views of the canal zone the rain swept Bocas de Toro the San Blas islands where the Kuna people live and many parts of the rest of Central AmericaGreene undertakes all this with seeming reluctance he is constantly fretting about the need to get back to Antibes to sort out some domestic problem but in practice he is ineluctably drawn in by the combined charms of Torrijos and Chuchu And we of course as readers are similarly seducedGreene s last journey to Panama is in the aftermath of Omar Torrijos s death when his plane mysteriously crashes in a remote part of the country At first Greene believes that the crash must have been a result of pilot error even though earlier in the book he reveals that Torrijos spoke of the possibility of his being assassinated Then Greene is shown some intelligence reports showing the distorted view of Torrijos held by the US administration and he becomes suspicous that the death of his friend was not accidental Definitive proof that it was a CIA led plot has not yet surfaced as far as I m aware but it seems likely Certainly the insider John Perkins in Confessions of an Economic Hit Man believed that this was the case Graham Greene was to die before these further revelations emerged

  • Hardcover
  • 223
  • Getting to Know the General
  • Graham Greene
  • English
  • 05 July 2019
  • 9780886190767