Our Man in Havana

The moment comes when a character does or says something you hadn’t thought about. At that moment he’s alive and you leave it to him.

Henry Graham Greene (October 2, 1904 – April 3, 1991), English writer

A little celebration for Graham Greene on his birthday, I’ll discuss the pleasure I had reading Our Man in Havana. If you haven’t read it, oh my, pick it up it is a classic.

When vacuum cleaner salesman James Wormold meets a man named Hawthorne his whole life changes. We watch on with as much amusement as Wormold while he is recruited to work for the British secret service in Cuba. His wife recently left him and he’d love to provide more for his daughter. Having no experience he decides to spy on Cuba anyway. It only gets better from there, I really hate to spoil it for you (spoilers everywhere on the internet too), but essentially he makes up all of his information from a vacuum cleaner manual.

I didn’t see the movie, will have to, and would love to see if it is as entertaining as this little gem of a book.

Someday I hope to have the perfect character like a James Wormold. Have you fleshed out that character yet?

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