Amanda L edited the summary of The Comedians Thursday, December 6, 2012.
Three men meet on a ship en route to Haiti during a time when the country was overrun with corruption. Brown, an Englishman born on Monte Carlo, is something of a vagabond who makes his living wherever and however he can. He is returning to the hotel his mother left him and his affair with a South American ambassador's wife. Smith is a philanthropist whose goal is to start a vegetarian center. Even after experiencing the extreme poverty of the citizens and the brutality of the President's secret police force, his naivety still leads him to believe that he can help somehow. The third man is the mysterious Major Jones. He tells a lot of impressive stories about his past, but for some reason, the others just don't seem to believe him. Once the ship lands, these three men don't seem to be able to go their separate ways, and their lives are intertwined for as long as they remain on the island.