By Graham Greene
3 males meet on a boat certain for Haiti, an international within the grip of the corrupt “Papa document” and the Tontons Macoute, his sinister mystery police. Brown the hotelier, Smith the blameless American, and Jones the arrogance man—these are the “comedians” of Greene’s name. Hiding at the back of their actors’ mask, they hesitate at the fringe of lifestyles. they're males fearful of love, scared of soreness, terrified of worry itself...
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