By Graham Greene
3 males meet on a boat certain for Haiti, a global within the grip of the corrupt “Papa document” and the Tontons Macoute, his sinister mystery police. Brown the hotelier, Smith the blameless American, and Jones the arrogance man—these are the “comedians” of Greene’s identify. Hiding in the back of their actors’ mask, they hesitate at the fringe of lifestyles. they're males scared of love, terrified of discomfort, fearful of worry itself...
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