The Quiet American (Critical Library, Viking) (Paperback)

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Graham Greene is one of my favorite authors. There isn't a book of his
that I have read that I haven't come away in wonderment at his gifts as a
writer. Greene digs into the darkest parts of human souls and somehow
puts it all down on paper. The Quiet American is set in Vietnam
in the early 50s. The French are still struggling to maintain their
political position against the Communists, and the United States has
their "toe in the door". Fowler, a British journalist is the main
character along with the American - Pyle, whose reasons for being in
Vietnam remain vague. The story is multi-leveled; a love story, a
political expose, a moral dilemma, a thriller -- take your pick. But if
you really read between the lines, you'll feel the turmoil and almost
understand what happened in Vietnam. If you have seen the movie only,
you will be missing the real essence of this story as well as the
fabulous quality of one of the Twentieth Century's best writers.

— Karen L.


This edition of Graham Greene's prophetic novel about American involvement in the Vietnam War includes the complete text of the work, along with essays by Greene, extensive historical writings, and relevant literary criticism.

About the Author

Graham Greene (1904-1991) was a prolific novelist, short story writer, travel writer and children's book writer. Many of his novels and short stories have been successfully adapted to the movie screen, including The Third Man (directed by Orson Welles), The End of The Affair, and The Quiet American

Praise For…

"No serious writer of this century has more thoroughly invaded and shaped the public imagination than Graham Greene." —Time

Product Details
ISBN: 9780140243505
ISBN-10: 014024350X
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: January 1st, 1996
Pages: 544
Language: English
Series: Critical Library, Viking
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