Our man in Havana
|Format:||Book on CD 2009|
|Availability:||Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies|
Due to the excessive and expensive demands of his 13-year-old daughter, vacuum cleaner salesman Wormold acquires a higher-paying position as Secret Agent 5920015 for the Secret Intelligence Service. Set in Cuba during the regime of Fulgencio Batista, this critically acclaimed novel, first published in 1958, eerily predicts the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.
In pre-Castro Cuba, James Wormold's wife has left him for another man, leaving him alone with his teenage daughter Milly. Wormold's career as a vacuum cleaner salesman doesn't net enough to pay for Milly's champagne tastes, so when an acquaintance offers him work with the British secret service, he readily accepts. Unfortunately, Wormold has no information to relay to the home office, but he's not about to let a small matter like that keep him from the gravy train. Undaunted, he creates a vast network of agents, eventually passing off a sketch of a vacuum cleaner's circuit diagram as a secret military installation. This marvelous coup marks Wormold as a rising star and lands him his very own private secretary. But when people around him start dropping like flies, Wormold realizes that someone is taking his little game very, very seriously. This sparkling spoof is one of Greene's funniest and most accessible novels.
Published ReviewsPublisher's Weekly Review: "
Havana (Cuba) -- Fiction.
|Publisher|| London : Jackson, TN :CSA Telltapes ;2009
Distribution by Publishers Group West,
CSA Telltapes, Ltd.
Read by Jeremy Northam.
"A CSA Word recording"--Container.
6 audio discs (7 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.