Fighting Evil: Unsung Heroes in the Novels of Graham Greene

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 140 pages
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What can we learn from the novels of Graham Greene? This book argues that Greene's writings have much to teach us about fighting evil here and now, and about endeavoring to live a worthy life. In novels that span half of the twentieth century, Greene related stories of evil persons who destroyed the freedom of others and of a few simple people who fought them. Through these stories he showed us three basic truths: first, evil exists; second, it is possible to fight it; and third, one may attain wisdom and sometimes a very limited glory by undertaking such a struggle. Gordon's study sets forth its own important lesson: thinking and assuming responsibility for the world, guided by the reading of great literature, are keystones of any worthy life.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
EVIL
9
Manipulative Evil
11
Greed and Lust for Power
23
Political Evil
33
Fanaticism
45
UNSUNG HEROES WHO FIGHT EVIL
53
Seeing Evil
55
Failure and Integrity
85
The Wisdom of Unsung Heroes
97
Comedians and Tragedy
99
Existential Wisdom Joy Courage Questioning
111
Political Wisdom Power and Glory
121
Conclusion Learning to Fight Evil
127
Selected Bibliography
131
Index
135

Simple Courage and Trust in the World
65
Sensitivity to Horror
75

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About the author (1997)

HAIM GORDON is Associate Professor in the Department of Education at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He has published widely in philosophy and education and is the author of Naguib Mahfouz's Egypt: Existential Themes in His Writings (Greenwood, 1990) and Make Room for Dreams: Spiritual Challenges to Zionism (Greenwood, 1989), author of Sartre and Evil: Guidelines for a Struggle (Greenwood, 1995), and coeditor of Women's and Men's Liberation: Testimonies of Spirit (Greenwood, 1991). He has been active in the struggle for human rights in Israel.

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