Dear Rene and Phuong, I have asked permission to dedicate this book to you not only in memory of the happy evenings I have spent with you in Saigon over the last five years, but also because I have quite shamelessly borrowed the location of your flat to house one of my characters, and your name, Phuong, for the convenience of readers because it is simple, beautiful.
The Quiet American is a 1955 novel by English author Graham Greene. Narrated in the first person by journalist Thomas Fowler, the novel depicts the breakdown of French colonialism in Vietnam and early American involvement in the Vietnam War. A subplot concerns a love triangle between Fowler, an American CIA agent named Alden Pyle, and Phuong, a young Vietnamese woman.
Graham Greene's, "The Quiet American" is a wonderfully entertaining, beautifully crafted novel, about the French military involvement in Vietnam in the 1950's and the earlier, secretive involvement of the United States. The characters are richly developed and the moral and ethical questions they pose could be debated until the end of time.
Graham Greene was born in 1904. He established his reputation with his fourth novel, Stamboul Train. This later produced the novel, The Heart of the Matter, set in West Africa. As well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, three books of autobiography – A Sort of Life, Ways of Escape and A World of My Own (published posthumously) – two of biography and four books for children.
Other Books Related to The Quiet American. Greene and the movies: Although Graham Greene was a great novelist, many of his readers don’t realize that he was an equally accomplished screenwriter. The archetype of the virtuous Westerner who goes native when he travels into the exotic East hardly begins with Alden Pyle in The Quiet American. To date, more than 60 of Greene’s works have been adapted for the screen (The Quiet American alone has been adapted twice!), many of them featuring screenplays written by Greene himself. Green was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay for the 1948 film The Fallen Idol, adapted from his short story, The Basement Room.
In The Quiet American, Greene’s genius lies in making Fowler both a wise observer and an imperfect . The Quiet American is a far less sentimental book than the ultimately pious The Power and the Glory, and Greene reveals Fowler’s hypocrisy.
In The Quiet American, Greene’s genius lies in making Fowler both a wise observer and an imperfect character. Fowler carries the baggage of an old colonialist. He has paid for the sins of his forefathers with something like cynical exhaustion. The Quiet American is a far less sentimental book than the ultimately pious The Power and the Glory, and Greene reveals Fowler’s hypocrisy in the third person as though she were not there, Fowler writes.
The Quiet American is considered one of Graham Greene’s major achievements. The story is told with excellent characterization and sophisticated irony. The plot bears a resemblance to that of a mystery story. Captain Trouin confides to Fowler that he detests napalm bombing: We all get involved in a moment of emotion, and then we cannot get out, he explains. Trouin understands that the French cannot win the war in Indochina: But we are professionals; we have to go on fighting till the politicians tell us to stop, he says with bitter resignation.
Graham Greene eporter who shouldn’t have been.
Graham Greene eporter who shouldn’t have been there anyway. Then when I reached Hanoi the correspondents had been flown up for briefing on the latest victory and the plane that took them back had no seat left for me. Pyle got away from Phat Diem the morning he arrived: he had fulfilled his mission-to speak to me about Phuong, and there was nothing to keep him.
The Americans were narked. What we think of it now: Greene's reputation lurched badly after his death. Newsweek thought the whole enterprise an act of spite, perpetrated because Greene had suffered from visa trouble. He was dismissed as a Thirties' dinosaur who had never recovered from the obsessions of his schooldays. Nevertheless, all his novels remain in print and they continue to sell. Responsible for: The fascination with betrayal which haunts the works of Le Carre and Deighton.
Author: Graham Greene
Category: Literature and Fiction
Publisher: HEINEMANN; Collected Ed edition (1973)
Pages: 232 pages
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