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Graham Greene's classic exploration of love, innocence, and morality in Vietnam "I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused," Graham Greene's narrator Fowler remarks of Alden Pyle, the eponymous "Quiet American" of what is perhaps the most controversial novel of his career. Pyle is the brash young idealist sent out by Washington on a mysterious mission to Saigon, where the French Army struggles against the Vietminh guerrillas. As young Pyle's well-intentioned policies blunder into bloodshed, Fowler, a seasoned and cynical British reporter, finds it impossible to stand safely aside as an observer. But Fowler's motives for intervening are suspect, both to the police and himself, for Pyle has stolen Fowler's beautiful Vietnamese mistress. Originally published in 1956 and twice adapted to film, The Quiet American remains a terrifiying and prescient portrait of innocence at large. This Graham Greene Centennial Edition includes a new introductory essay by Robert Stone. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Well written and the characters are flawed as expected. Descriptive as "Greene standard" is.Published 5 months ago by Raj H.
It's great classical writing and I am enjoying reading it. The push and pull between the world weary Fowler and the naive idealist Pyle is of particular interest to me, as is the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lily Lai
Even though first published in 1955, the book still rings true for today. The only thing that has changed are the geographic areas. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Don Thomas
In many respects history has made this book timeless
If the Vietnam had not occurred this book would probably be a footnote in the Greene canon. Read more
This book was published in 1955 so Graham Greene didn't have the hindsight that we have almost 40 years later; so he was very accurate and prophetic.Published on Feb. 17 2004 by BostonLady
The story plays in the Vietnam war in 1954. A british journalist, Fowler, lives with his mistress Phuong in Saigon. Everything goes the right way until Pyle enters the story. Read morePublished on June 16 2003
At the beginnig I didn't understand much about the story, the people and the circimstances at this time. Read morePublished on June 16 2003
Graham Greene wrote this novel in 1955. It's set in the early fifties when Vietnam was still Indo-China and there was a war raging between the French and the Vietnamese. Read morePublished on May 25 2002 by Linda Linguvic