Books: The Quiet Englishman

OUR MAN IN HAVANA (247 pp.)—Graham Greene—Viking ($3.50).

The only thing a Graham Greene hero can be sure of is that, morally speaking, he will not get something for nothing. In such superb serious novels as The Power and the Glory and The Heart of the Matter, sin leads the man up to the brink of damnation, but there the moral bargain is struck, and in exchange for inner pain and penance he gets at least a peek at the way to salvation. Greene likes to separate these serious novels from the lighter ones, which he calls "entertainments." In these (This Gun...

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