Graham Greene’s “The Heart of The Matter” is a poignant, exceptionally well written book that looks into the flawed, deeply religious beliefs, of a deputy Police Commissioner in the British Police force patrolling a West African colony during World War 2. The setting, like so many of Mr. Greene’s novel, is exotic and the harsh climate of this African colony is a major and an enthralling character all itself.

The book is highly descriptive and the author weaves it wonderfully into the narrative. It lists at a little over 250 pages, but it is more like a 350 page book. I strongly recommend this book, but I warn that this is not a book to be rushed through. It is a deep and penetrating look at religion and colonization and it leaves the reader pondering many important issues that are as relevant today as the day this wonderful novel was published.

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