The Captain and the Enemy

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9780140124187: The Captain and the Enemy

Victor Baxter is a young boy when a secretive stranger known simply as "the Captain" takes him from his boarding school to live in London. Victor becomes the surrogate son and companion of a woman named Liza, who renames him "Jim" and depends on him for any news about the world outside their door. Raised in these odd yet touching circumstances, Jim is never quite sure of Liza's relationship to the Captain, who is often away on mysterious errands. It is not until Jim reaches manhood that he confronts the Captain and learns the shocking truth about the man, his allegiances, and the nature of love. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by John Auchard.

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Greene's last novel, a lonely boarding-school student encounters a secretive stranger who introduces himself simply as "the Captain". The boy is taken to London by the stranger and raised in odd and touching circumstances by Liza, a young woman with close but unexplained ties to the Captain. It is only when the boy grows to manhood that he will learn the shocking truth about the Captain's allegiances and activities, and will begin to understand the true nature of love.

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"One of the two or three novelists who really count" (V.S. Pritchett)

"A slim and curious tale" ( The Times)

"At once Dickensian and new, an exploration of the soul of a young boy and a portrait of sad loving by memorable adults" ( Chicago Tribune)

"In this short, skillful book we enter those disparate worlds Greene has made his own - the England of Brighton Rock and the exotic Central American territories in which his restless talent has so often roamed" ( New York Times)

"A rattling good yarn. Under the spur of Greene's sharp, light touch, its narrative gallops along. Opening with a chase across a playground, rapidly followed by an abduction, it nimbly twists and turns through a maze of imposture, jewel robbery and fleeings from the law before leaping overseas for a final burst of international espionage, weapon-smuggling, freedom fighting and political murder" ( Sunday Times)

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