978-0-671-21569-9 / 9780671215699

The Honorary Consul


Publisher:Simon & Schuster



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About the book:

The Honorary Consul, by Graham Greene, is a classic novel set in an unnamed city in northern Argentina. Approaching 40 years old, this vintage hardback book tells the story of Eduardo Plarr, a young doctor of English descent. It also features two other Englishmen - a bitter old English teacher, Humphries, and the Honorary Consul of the title, Charles Fortnum, a divorced, self-pitying alcoholic. Plarr becomes obsessed with a girl, Clara; he begins an affair with her, and the story unfolds. A plot to kidnap the US ambassador, in order to obtain the release of political prisoners including Plarr's father, goes badly wrong; the fate of both Plarr and the honorary consul are in Plarr's hands, but who will live to see Clara's child grow up? This book is in good condition; although there is very slight yellowing to the pages, this is not as would normally be expected for a book of this age. The dust jacket is also in good condition with minor tearing to the base of the spine and a noticeable scrape on the back, but this has not torn the cover. The book was published in 1973 by Simon and Schuster, Rockefeller Center, 630 Fifth Avenue, New York. It states that it was 'manufactured in the United States of America". This story was made into a film, The Honorary Consul, directed by John Mackenzie in 1983, with Richard Gere as Plarr and Michael Caine as Fortnum. The soundtrack theme was composed by the ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and performed by John Williams. I have included photographs of the actual book. One shows an inscription on the inside front cover. The slight damage to the dust cover is also shown.

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