"GRAHAM GREENE'S MASTERPIECE" (JOHN UPDIKE)
GREENE, Graham. The Labyrinthine Ways. New York: Viking, 1940. Octavo, original yellow cloth, original dust jacket. $600.
First American edition, second state, of The Power and the Glory, retitled as The Labyrinthine Ways for American publication.
"A vitriolic story in the Rogue Male genre. [Greene's] Catholic adherents won't relish his picture of the whisky priest; his liberal readers won't find the red shirt lieutenant of police particularly inspiring a figure, so let's forget motives and backgrounds, and see this as sheer adventure, as the craven, cowardly priest seeks refuge with his stupid, loyal peasants, and flees terrified from the wrath of the law. In the dialog one gets various facets of modern Mexico, and there emerges a somewhat macabre picture of Mexico today" (Kirkus). "Greene's elegant use of detail, the author's profound knowledge of his characters, and his novel's unrelenting suspense marked the book to me as a work of the highest literary art… [I]t was a book I would have simply died to write" (Scott Turow). First American edition, first printing, second state, with pages 165 and 265 not transposed. Miller 20b.
Book very nearly fine, dust jacket with slightest soiling and light wear to extremities. A near-fine copy.