Our Man in Havana

Graham Greene

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Graham Greene's classic Cuban spy story, now with a new package and a new introduction

First published in 1959, Our Man in Havana is an espionage thriller, a penetrating character study, and a political satire that still resonates to this day. Conceived as one of Graham Greene's 'entertainments,' it tells of MI6's man in Havana, Wormold, a former vacuum-cleaner salesman turned reluctant secret agent out of economic necessity. To keep his job, he files bogus reports based on Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare and dreams up military installations from vacuum-cleaner designs. Then his stories start coming disturbingly true.

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Moods

funny 100%
challenging 33%
dark 33%
lighthearted 33%
tense 33%
adventurous 16%
mysterious 16%

Pace

medium 50%
fast 50%

Strong character development?

Yes: 75% | No: 25%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 75% | No: 25%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 40% | Yes: 40% | It's complicated: 20%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 100%

Average rating

3.85
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