The Quiet American (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) by Graham Greene

Graham Greene's agent novels were partly based on his own experiences in the British foreign office in the 1940s and his lifelong ties with SIS

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The Quiet American (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) by Graham Greene


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  • Paperback: ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.47 x 7.74 x 5.04
  • Publisher: Penguin USA (Paper); Reissue edition (November 1991)
  • ISBN: 0140185003


    Reader Reviews
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful: One of the Greatest 20th Century Novels, October 25, 2003 Reviewer: John Kwok from New York, NY This slender, gripping tome about the waning days of French colonialism in Vietnam is also a fascinating meditation on American conduct in Indochina. Without having any foresight on his part, Graham Greene's "The Quiet American" offers us an excellent literary prediction of American involvement in Vietnam and the rest of Indochina. On one level this novel works as a gripping thriller, hurtling the reader with questions regarding the enigmatic Pyle and his seemingly fanatic interest in creating and nuturing a "third force" in Vietnam. It is also an elegant study in contrasts between, the older, indeed cynical, Englishman Fowler, and his seemingly naive, brash American counterpart, Pyle. A study in contrasts that is exemplified by their relationship with Phuong, the Vietnamese woman whom Fowler regards as his own, before she is seduced by Pyle. And this triangle becomes more intense, more fascinating as the novel hurls towards the end, highlighting Pyle's drastic transformation from a "quiet" American to a crafty manipulator willing to condone the deaths of innocents. Without question, this is one of the finest novels written in the last century.

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