The Quiet American
The Quiet American is a terrifying portrait of innocence at large. While the French Army in Indo-China is grappling with the Vietminh, back at Saigon a young and high-minded American begins to channel Economic Aid to a 'Third Force'. The narrator, a seasoned foreign correspondent, is forced to... show more
The Quiet American is a terrifying portrait of innocence at large. While the French Army in Indo-China is grappling with the Vietminh, back at Saigon a young and high-minded American begins to channel Economic Aid to a 'Third Force'.
The narrator, a seasoned foreign correspondent, is forced to observe: 'I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused'. As young Pyle's policies blunder on into bloodshed, the older man finds it impossible to stand aside as an observer.
But his motives for intervening are suspect, both to the police and to himself: for Pyle has robbed him of his Annamite mistress.
Publish date: 1993
Pages no: 189
Edition language: English
'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...
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...
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...
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, ...
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