Our man in Havana

by Greene, Graham, 1904-1991.

Format: Book on CD 2009
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Open Stacks CD Greene
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Open Stacks
Call Number  CD Greene
Penn Hills Library Audio Visual CD GRE
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Audio Visual
Call Number  CD GRE
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 Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Actor Jeremy Northam (Gosford Park, Tristram Shandy) has himself a ball with Greene's comic suspense novel, its Cuban setting and panoply of international characters. He downplays the religious and political undertones of the book in favor of Greene's comedy of a vacuum-cleaner salesman turned secret agent. Greene's array of Germans, Brits and native Cubans allows Northam to trot out some of the choicest examples from his stable of voices, all cleverly done. The brief bits of salsa music that punctuate the breaks between chapters underscore Northam's jaunty reading. This is one classic novel meant to be enjoyed for entertainment, not self-improvement. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Intelligence service -- Fiction.
Havana (Cuba) -- Fiction.
Humorous fiction.
Spy stories.
Publisher London : Jackson, TN :CSA Telltapes ;2009
Distribution by Publishers Group West,
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Northam, Jeremy, 1961-
CSA Telltapes, Ltd.
Participants/Performers Read by Jeremy Northam.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
"A CSA Word recording"--Container.
Description 6 audio discs (7 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781934997260
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