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Getting to Know the General Read ☆ 100 An inspirational politician in the vital period of his country's history and to an unusual and enduring friendshi. Fear can be easily experienced but fun is hard to come by in old age

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Getting to Know the General Read ☆ 100 Greene's account of a five year personal involvement with Omar Torrijos ruler of Panama from 1968 81 and Sergeant. Trust Graham Greene to make a biography as well as a nuanced and objective account of the political tumult of South and Central America in the 1970s and 1980s not only so compulsively instantly readable and entertaining but also most crucially warm wise witty even hilariously absurd and ultimately poignant and profound in turns Getting To Know The General is uncharacteristically for a man who could never uite bring himself to trust a single leader or ideology above all these things too it is a stirring gentle even uixotic tale of friendship and camaraderie between Greene and General Omar Torrijos the military leader of Panama s National Guard who had among other notable things assumed de facto reign of Panama and was also the leader who had eventually negotiated the Torrijos Carter treaty in 1977 thus ensuring at least in piecemeal fashion the eventual handover of the Canal back to Panama a treaty that caused something of a furore in America s political circuits who were aghast at surrendering their vital strategic asset And yet the book is less concerned with the Treaty the behind the scenes chicanery that resulted in it being signed despite the generally uneasy relations between USA and Panama or even the apprehensive aftermath rather Greene is interested in chronicling his freewheeling adventures with the General with whom he shares a melancholic sense of introspection as well as a blustery sense of mischief and goodwill Sergeant Chuchu the General s trusted right hand man whose belligerent idealism is as infectious as the complexities of his marriage and sexual life are befuddling and a host of other intriguing real life characters the determined heroic Sandinistas on exile from Nicaragua the General s allies in the neighbouring islands and also a few comically sinister men prowling on the periphery wondering what is Greene really up to here Indeed what was he up to in Panama a place which unlike his other beloved foraging grounds like Indo China Cuba Paraguay has little of that sinful dangerous allure that so excited him about them in the first place The answer to that is the General and Chuchu s company the rollicking picaresue spells of flying from here to there in planes in bad weather drinking rum cocktails and Pisco Sours well into the night fancying beautiful women and also trying to make some sense of the strange political conundrums in the region And so the book is fun to read than it should be Greene dispensing largely with standard issue political commentary and instead diving into the centre of all the action thus gripping us readers into the tale and travesty effortlessly as ever and eventually helping us understand the General and all these people very believably General Torrijos emerges in this slim charming book as an enigmatic and admirable personality In a bright contrast to most other South American dictators and rulers sponsored for most part by the United States and almost tyrannical in their methods he was amiable affable and even mild mannered in turns he is portrayed here as nursing the dream of bringing freedom to Panama and also establishing it as an independent republic capable of negotiating with any of the superpowers without bowing to their whims and fancies He is considerate of the woes of the villagers he is prudent enough not to commit totally to Communism and at the same time he also heeds the advice of his fellow leaders most notably Fidel Castro on how to act on crucial decisions On top of that he is just the uixotic hero that a man like Greene both dignified and raffish would look up to and admire Not everything in this book is fun and frivolity though Greene s usual penchant for journalistic observation pads these mellow boisterous memories with a depth of political prescience he is aware at all times of the General s political dilemma of being torn between leading an armed confrontation with USA which is what his own people expect from him and following the cautious taciturn course of negotiating a fair treaty for returning the Canal to his people The writer true to his finely sharpened flair for thrillers also portrays the interplay between Torrijos and his neighbouring states and how the General represented a paradigm shift in the status of Latin America on the stage of global democracy and sovereignty And as the book arrives at its expected but still heartbreaking denouement the accidental death of Torrijos which was suspected widely and even plausibly as an insidious plot by the Reagan administration though Greene impressively does not choose easy answers Getting To Know The General also becomes something else a wistful lament about the near failure of a dream the dream that the General cherished about his and other South American countries being able to throw away the mantle of America s pervasive political intervention and build and evolve themselves into sovereign countries capable of a functional government Even as we might not be aware of the actual realities in the present day we can all agree on how that dream has either faltered or been nipped in the bud time and again Brilliantly evocatively written with that trademark lucid prose irreverent asides and wry character sketches and with both a warm poignancy and an astute understanding of political conundrums Greene s book predictably and happily so is worth reading again and again

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Getting to Know the General Read ☆ 100 Chuchu one of the few men in the National Guard whom the General trusted completely It is a fascinating tribute to. I wrote a letter to Graham Greene in my head I ll be waiting forever to send it

  • Hardcover
  • 223
  • Getting to Know the General
  • Graham Greene
  • English
  • 11 July 2020
  • 9780886190767