The Quiet American

The Quiet American

Book - 2004
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With a new introduction by Zadie Smith

Into the intrigue and violence of Indo-China comes Pyle, a young idealistic American sent to promote democracy through a mysterious "Third Force." As his na#65533;ve optimism starts to cause bloodshed, his friend Fowler, a cynical foreign correspondent, finds it hard to stand aside and watch. But even as he intervenes he wonders why: for the sake of politics, or for love?
Publisher: London : Vintage, 2004, c©1955
ISBN: 9780099478393
0099478390
Branch Call Number: F GRE
Characteristics: 180 p. ; 20 cm.

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TheeAvebury
Oct 06, 2017

One one level, a truly amazing novel on love, betrayal and doubt. Graham Greene was my favorite writer when I was much younger, and I recently read The Quiet American for the third time. This time I more fully appreciated also the political insights of Greene, often referred to as a writer with an almost uncanny ability to visit and then describe a world of politics and revolutions at the right time.
He was a flawed and ambivalent Catholic, and his battles with faith and doubt became the blood that lifted his novels to excellence. Give him a try.

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Mistica
Jul 22, 2014

One of the finest books I've ever read. A masterfully told story that raises the big questions about good and evil and beyond without giving the reader the answers. Wonderful food for thought for people who see the world in shades of grey, not black and white. Beautiful prose - first class use of metaphor - and engaging story. Highly recommend it.

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dbarry111
Jun 02, 2014

I loved this book and also thought the movie with Michael Cain and Brendan Fraser was equally as sensational, which is not often the case. Set in exotic Vietnam in the early 60s as the American presence is slowly increasing, it beautifully recreates the city of Saigon with its cafes and international intrigue. The subplot is the romantic relationship of Michael Cain's character, an older, life-weary English journalist who is living with a beautiful, younger Vietnamese woman, Phoung. Fraser's character is ambiguous at first...what is he actually doing there, who is he really? Cain takes a liking to him, until Fraser bodaciously reveals he is in love with Phoung and wants to marry her. Turns out he is with an American agency (CIA?) bent on fomenting upheaval. All of the different plots, the desires for Phoung, Fraser's real purpose, the setting, the war that is raging in the North and moving south, Cain's expatriot and indulgent lifestyle (smoking heroin almost daily) fire the imagination and are beautifully woven together by Greene's masterful skills. If you like romance and intrigue in exotic locations, this has it all!

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straitgate
Jun 26, 2012

I came to appreciate Graham Greene's artistry through this book and it subsequently sent me on long journey into "Greeneland". An air of world-weariness hangs over this book in the form of the main character, a middle-aged British journalist living in Saigon towards the end of the French colonial period and at the start of the Indo-China War, what would become the Vietnam War to the Americans. As foil to the cynicism of the main character is the naive (read dangerous) do-goodness of a young and quiet American, who competes with the main character for the love, or at least attentions, of a young Vietnamese woman. I was captivated by the book and actually read it while in Vietnam, which made it seem yet more immediate. The prose is superb and the author's ability to draw out the psychological complexities (or lack thereof) of the characters made the story come alive.

SB2000 Jun 26, 2011

Written with spare prose, every word is weighed and placed in the text for a reason. A tightly written narrative that explores the relationship between guilt, innocence, truth, self-awareness, delusion and the role of intention, all set within a framework of the seedy, inglorious end of colonial rule in Indochina.

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