Cuban entertainment

29 12 2012

Our Man in Havana


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.

I can’t recall reading a Greene for at least a couple of decades so it was great to get back to him albeit with one of his ‘entertainments’ rather than a novel. Nevertheless, very good indeed and really terrific fun. It feels like a film plot and it’s perhaps not surprising that it was quickly made into a movie shortly after its publication.
Highly recommended.




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