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Announcing the August Book Choice: Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene

From: Sheila C
Sent on: Thursday, June 17, 2010 7:22 AM
The August Book Choice is Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene

When: Monday, August 9,[masked]:00 PM

The Slug and Lettuce (this is a fairly quiet one)
184 George Lane
South Woodford
E18 1AY

This satirical novel is great fun, but within the 220 pages of this slim volume, Greene manages to say a few important things about social class, the Catholic Church, and the absurdity of international relations. Set in pre-Castro Cuba it is hilarious but filled with clever insights and an array of richly drawn characters. It tells the story of the small man, James Wormold, a british vacuum cleaner seller, and his experiences as accidental member of the secret service. Unwillingly drafted into working as a spy, he begins to fabricate reports and a whole world of secret agents and intrigues, drawing pay for imaginary people on imaginary investigations. Trouble follows when all of a sudden, the lies he has invented seem to be coming true and the plot thickens, moving along at a breakneck pace. The book shifts from an amusing satire to thriller, but doesn't lose the comedic overtones. All in all an entertaining novel from a master author.

To RSVP go to August Book Choice: Our Man in Hava?

Don't forget to RSVP for the July book choice too, Wide Sargasso Sea - by Jean Rhys - on Monday 12th June - RSVP for this at

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