Página inicialGruposDiscussãoMaisZeitgeist
Pesquise No Site
Este site usa cookies para fornecer nossos serviços, melhorar o desempenho, para análises e (se não estiver conectado) para publicidade. Ao usar o LibraryThing, você reconhece que leu e entendeu nossos Termos de Serviço e Política de Privacidade . Seu uso do site e dos serviços está sujeito a essas políticas e termos.
Hide this

Resultados do Google Livros

Clique em uma foto para ir ao Google Livros

Carregando...

Getting to Know the General (1984)

de Graham Greene

MembrosResenhasPopularidadeAvaliação médiaMenções
324560,417 (3.49)12
This Graham Greene classic outlines his friendship with General Torrijos and his bodyguard, Sergeant Chuchu. It is also an introduction to the political complexities of Central America.
Nenhum(a)
Carregando...

Registre-se no LibraryThing tpara descobrir se gostará deste livro.

Ainda não há conversas na Discussão sobre este livro.

» Veja também 12 menções

Exibindo 5 de 5
I think Graham Greene's ego might have got in the way of this book. It seemed to be more about him than the general. ( )
  StevenJohnTait | Jul 29, 2019 |
Having lived through news reports of the Canal Treaty in my childhood, it was interesting to read Greene's memoir as a sort-of diplomatic attaché to Panamanian leader Omar
Torrijos & his right-hand man, Chuchu. Greene's writing is so transparent as to provide an immediate sense of the characters & countries w/whom he's involved, including Torrijos, Chuchu, Ernesto Cardenal, "Gabo" Garcia Marquez, some Sandanistas, & various '70s & '80s era Latin American leaders and/or dictators. It has definitely enhanced my understanding of the Canal & its history. ( )
  msmilton | Jul 18, 2018 |
Having lived through news reports of the Canal Treaty in my childhood, it was interesting to read Greene's memoir as a sort-of diplomatic attaché to Panamanian leader Omar
Torrijos & his right-hand man, Chuchu. Greene's writing is so transparent as to provide an immediate sense of the characters & countries w/whom he's involved, including Torrijos, Chuchu, Ernesto Cardenal, "Gabo" Garcia Marquez, some Sandanistas, & various '70s & '80s era Latin American leaders and/or dictators. It has definitely enhanced my understanding of the Canal & its history. ( )
  msmilton | Jul 18, 2018 |
This is an interesting book in which Graham Greene a famous novelist discovers the different roles that delineation of character plays in the world of fiction, where one is trying to create an emotional response in the reader, and the world of history, where one should use the character to explain the actions of that person. Well worth reading. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Feb 5, 2014 |
In 1974, Graham Greene received an unexpected invitation from the Panamanian leader, General Omar Torrijos. Initially suspicious, he decided to accept the offer of a free ticket to Panama, and found himself intrigued by the country and charmed by its leader, possibly the world's only social democratic military dictator. He went on to make several further visits to Panama. His association with Torrijos continued until the General's death in a plane crash in 1981.

The Republic of Panama had been split off from Colombia in 1903 as a puppet state to protect US interests in the Panama Canal; since 1964 it had been trying to find an identity as an independent nation in its own right. Torrijos had come to power through a military coup, and was in the middle of delicate discussions with the US to renegotiate the canal treaty. He obviously thought it would help his cause if he could encourage distinguished writers like Greene and Gabriel Garcia Marquez to publish sympathetic articles about Panama and its enlightened ruler.

Greene never directly says that Torrijos was using him for his own ends, even when he finds himself pushed into acting as intermediary in hostage negotiations with terrorists, but in another context, not talking about Torrijos, he does comment that he has never objected to being 'used', if it is for a cause he believes in.

The most interesting character in the book (more fully rendered than Greene himself or Torrijos, the explicit subject) is the General's bodyguard, Sergeant Chuchu, who accompanies Greene on most of his travels. Chuchu is a former professor of Marxist philosophy and (when Marxism went out of fashion in Panama) of mathematics, who volunteered to train for the Panamanian special forces in middle age. Greene and Chuchu clearly got on very well indeed. However, the sergeant's background and complex lovelife make him almost a caricature of a Graham Greene character, so much so that when Greene tries to use him in a putative novel set in Panama he has to give up in frustration.

Worth reading, because Greene always is, and his view of Panama is often perceptive, despite his infatuation with the General. But it is sad to see Greene in what was practically his dotage (he was 70 when he first met Torrijos). There's a lot of grumpy-old-man stuff, and quite a bit of moaning if he has to go without alcohol for more than half a page or so. And of course, you can't help reflecting that a couple of years after this book appeared, Panama had descended into a morass of corruption and organised crime under Noriega, something that Greene entirely fails to foresee. Noriega himself gets only a brief mention ("I had a drink with a colonel Noriega..."). ( )
  thorold | Jan 21, 2011 |
Exibindo 5 de 5
Coming out shortly after Graham Greene's 80th birthday, ''Getting to Know the General'' reassures us that the writer's dreams and hopes have not died. From a literary point of view, this book is perhaps not among his most memorable - he has conceded he found it difficult to write. But from a human point of view, it is compellingly compassionate.NY Times
adicionado por John_Vaughan | editarNY Times, Alan Riding (Jul 12, 1984)
 
Você deve entrar para editar os dados de Conhecimento Comum.
Para mais ajuda veja a página de ajuda do Conhecimento Compartilhado.
Título canônico
Informação do Conhecimento Comum em inglês. Edite para a localizar na sua língua.
Título original
Títulos alternativos
Data da publicação original
Pessoas/Personagens
Informação do Conhecimento Comum em inglês. Edite para a localizar na sua língua.
Lugares importantes
Informação do Conhecimento Comum em inglês. Edite para a localizar na sua língua.
Eventos importantes
Filmes relacionados
Premiações
Epígrafe
Informação do Conhecimento Comum em inglês. Edite para a localizar na sua língua.
I go, but I return: I would I were
The pilot of the darkness and the dream.
— Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Dedicatória
Informação do Conhecimento Comum em inglês. Edite para a localizar na sua língua.
To the Friends of my Friend,
Omar Torrijos,
in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Panama
Primeiras palavras
Informação do Conhecimento Comum em inglês. Edite para a localizar na sua língua.
In August 1981 my bag was packed for my fifth visit to Panama when the news came to me over the telephone of the death of General Omar Torrijos Herrera, my friend and host.
Citações
Informação do Conhecimento Comum em inglês. Edite para a localizar na sua língua.
I have never hesitated to be 'used' in a cause I believed in, even if my choice might be only for a lesser evil. (Epilogue, ch.4)
Últimas palavras
Aviso de desambiguação
Editores da Publicação
Autores Resenhistas (normalmente na contracapa do livro)
Idioma original
Informação do Conhecimento Comum em inglês. Edite para a localizar na sua língua.
CDD/MDS canônico

Referências a esta obra em recursos externos.

Wikipédia em inglês (1)

This Graham Greene classic outlines his friendship with General Torrijos and his bodyguard, Sergeant Chuchu. It is also an introduction to the political complexities of Central America.

Não foram encontradas descrições de bibliotecas.

Descrição do livro
Resumo em haiku

Biblioteca Histórica: Graham Greene

Graham Greene tem uma Biblioteca Histórica. As bibliotecas históricas são bibliotecas privadas de leitores famosos introduzidas por membros do LibraryThing que integram o grupo Biblioteca Históricas.

Veja de Graham Greene o perfil histórico.

Veja de a página de autor deGraham Greene.

Links rápidos

Capas populares

Avaliação

Média: (3.49)
0.5
1 1
1.5
2 4
2.5
3 8
3.5 8
4 9
4.5
5 5

 

Sobre | Contato | LibraryThing.com | Privacidade/Termos | Ajuda/Perguntas Frequentes | Blog | Loja | APIs | TinyCat | Bibliotecas Históricas | Os primeiros revisores | Conhecimento Comum | 157,279,768 livros! | Barra superior: Sempre visível