Books: A Useful Application of Faith

THE LIFE OF GRAHAM GREENE, VOLUME I: 1904-1939 by Norman Sherry

Viking; 783 pages; $29.95

If you have been waiting 40 years to learn the name of the obscure Mexican clerk who was the model for the Judas figure in The Power and the Glory, or if you lie awake wondering who originally owned the revolver that Graham Greene used when he played Russian roulette in 1923, this is the book for you.

* Volume I of Norman Sherry's meticulously protracted biography takes the English novelist step by step, from his birth in 1904 to 1939. Readers of Greene's memoir A...

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