Before Fidel Castro started terrorizing Cuba, there was Doctor Francois Duvalier. He is the infamous Papa Doc who used his Voodoo magic to retain power in Haiti. He is one of the few tyrants who was able to pass the scepter to his son. The Comedians takes place in Haiti during the reign of this terrible monster. This book got Graham Greene in trouble with Papa Doc. So much so, that Papa Doc sent him a Voodoo curse. Its a good thing Greene countered this curse with a blessing from his Catholic priest.
My point being is that this book gives you a good perceptive of Papa Doc Haiti. The main character is a foreigner who owns a hotel in Port au’ Prince. On his return to the Haiti, he meets the other main characters. In this book, we encounter the terrible Boogieman Zombie soldiers of Papa Doc. Graham Greene also narrates in full detail a Voodoo ritual. Whenever there was war brewing, Ogun was summoned. The main character saw a summoning ritual of this Lwa. They were asking his aid to defeat Papa Doc and his Baron Sambi.
Well, the book has a knack for going from bad to worse. You know, a book titled The Comedians sounds hilarious. However, this book is anything, but funny. It basically refers to the day to day comedy of life. We each have to play our roles and do the best we can. Phi Stars recommends this book. The Comedians by Graham Greene deserves 5 star ratings.