(EBOOK) [Getting to Know the General] author Graham Greene


D intervention by the US the CIA and other means Even though politics play an important background role in s travels discussions and meetings other means Even though politics play an important background role in Greene s travels discussions and meetings 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 et 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 Jaguar s Smile Inexplicably that book is still in print while sadly this one is not I 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 A Silent Ocean Away: Colette's Dominion greater interest to theeneral 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. An inspirational politician in the vital period of his country's history and to an unusual and enduring friendshi. S about The Magic Question getting to know Omar Torrijos s securityuard the improbably named Chuchu than it was about etting to know the general himself Though Chuchu and Torrijos are invariably charming it s the narrator in the himself Though Chuchu and Torrijos are invariably charming it s the narrator in the 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 politics but in a soft background way At one point posits that socialism is just what happens when ood hearted "Kids Grow Up And Get Power My Favorite Paragraph Has " grow up and et power My favorite paragraph has do with a bird that sings only when with its mate 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 uest 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 uard 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 unwante. Chuchu one of the few men in the National Guard whom the General trusted completely It is a fascinating tribute to. ,


Getting to Know the GeneralAlthough 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 iven 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 on the country Highly recommended if you are visiting Panama or living if only to see the contrast with on the country Highly recommended if you are visiting Panama or living here if only to see the contrast with country as it is now particularly tourist spots like Bocas Del Too which then were the absolute opposite And also interesting for those with an interest in that era as you learn a lot about the effects on various Latin American peoples of their respective dictators 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 the events were happening So I have a little story of my encounter with General Omar Torrijos Herrera one bright sunny tropical day while An Audience of Artists: Dada, Neo-Dada, and the Emergence of Abstract Expressionism going to pick up a visitor who was coming to inspect an automated inventory system I was installing in our operation of the Army and Air Force Exchange Panama but it really sets the whole tone of what happen during Mr Henley s visit So hereoesthe day I had my close encounter with General Omar Torrijos HerreraFirst a little bit of history about the GeneralGeneral Omar Torrijos Herrera 1929 1981 was born in the province of Santiago He took part in the coup that deposed Presidente Arnulfo Arias in 1968 He became commander of t I think Graham Greene was 80 when this book was published Early on maybe in the introduction he says that the book Greene's account of a five year personal involvement with Omar Torrijos ruler of Panama from 1968 81 and Sergeant.

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