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by Graham Greene, Robert Stone
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A Man With An Agenda
A Man With An Agenda rated it 5 years ago
'The Quiet American' is dark, thoughtful, meticulously crafted, and full of suspense. Thomas Fowler is a British war correspondent who has been in Vietnam for two years. Not being French or Vietnamese, he sees himself as disinterested and apart from the conflict. The novel begins with him waiting fo...
BrokenTune rated it 5 years ago
Innocence always calls mutely for protection when we would be so much wiser to guard ourselves against it: innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm. The Quiet American is Greene's exploration of relationships and politics against the backdrop of th...
jwilley44 rated it 6 years ago
I was expecting more of a spy novel with this one. No, I did not read the back cover or reviews or really anything about this book. I suppose my prejudice stemmed from something I (miss?)read about Graham Greene. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this book and really enjoyed it. Some passages...
Crash My Book Party
Crash My Book Party rated it 7 years ago
But here you go, you can have it anyway. It's not often I close a book and have absolutely no idea what to put in my review. I thought this novel was pretty close to brilliant, but I feel like - I don't know - there's more to this than I even understand. I know what happened and I could tell you, ...
Edward rated it 7 years ago
Introduction--The Quiet American
Proctosophy rated it 7 years ago
I like complicated moral conundrums like the one in this book so I'll be reading the other Greene novels I have here at home. He apparently didn't think much of his own style but I'll have to respectfully disagree since I think his prose is just perfect for the kind of stories he tells. He reminds m...
UNICORN PORN FOR ALL rated it 8 years ago
Man, this book is sweet. Tightly coiled and perfectly executed. From today's standpoint, or at least from mine, this book has some interesting things to say about terrorism. : because that's what Pyle is, isn't it? He's a terrorist.I'm looking forward to reading more Greene. If this is the kind of t...
Linus...Curating rated it 8 years ago
From: Linus's Blanket. Graham Greene’s The Quiet American has been sitting on my shelf for a good long while, and this year’s resolve to read more freely has finally gifted me with the opportunity to take it down off the shelf. Its intriguing beginning introduces Thomas Fowler, an English journalist...
JulieM rated it 8 years ago
Only my second Graham Greene novel and I am already loving this author. Set in Vietnam during the 1950s, this novel explores the complex relationship between an American businessman, Alden Pyle, who helps out the CIA on the side and a British journalist, Fowler, covering the military conflict in Vi...
elisas8 rated it 8 years ago
morality and motive, and how the two get muddled (in general, but specifically during times of war - inner and otherwise). this took me a while (in a book this short i thought far too long) to get into, but did enjoy it once it got going. i thought the main point of it took a bit long to get to, a...
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