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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2005

    anything but quiet

    i read this book without expecting to be pulled into the book. the narrative slowly won me over and i found myself in the middle of rice fields with the characters of the book! i feel as though i were in vietnam, walking the streets, sitting in the restaurants, having a drink with fowler and pyle. more than anything i feel as though i had entered into the mind of fowler and experienced what he was experiencing. this book transported me to another world, another time and another life. i highly recommend this book. it's not a fast paced book but one worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2004

    It quietly gets under your skin

    One hopes that the excellent movie (and Michael Caine's well-publicized efforts to get it released after the studio went week in the knees) will bring a wave of new readers to Graham Greene -- one of the greatest novelists of his generation. A former spy who never managed to curb his wanderlust, Greene has set his novels in every corner of the world, favoring authenticity and characterization over trite blockbuster action. For anyone interested in literary craftsmanship and/or international affairs, his books are indispensable. The Quiet American, one of his stronger efforts, is a good place to start -- but not to stop.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2003

    Masterful Storytelling

    It's not just the story, but how Graham Greene weaves his words. The story is masterfully told; the characters are shaped with care. It's simply one of the greatest stories I've read, on the same level of James Hilton's Lost Horizon in the realms of storytelling. The plot is superbly crafted and Greene makes it so you really care what happens despite the character's flaws; a skill which many contemporary authors seem to lack.

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  • Posted July 10, 2013

    What I most respect Graham Greene for is his complex views on se

    What I most respect Graham Greene for is his complex views on sexual relationships. There is none of the screaming drama found in modern writing. No one stomps off in a fit of wall punching, or turns to ridiculous mind games. In The Quiet American, the young and idealist Pyle tells the jaded married British Fowler that he is in love with his mistress. They go on to have an adult friendship despite contending for the same woman. It is so refreshing to read. 

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  • Posted May 23, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Clairvoyant

    This is a wonderfully crafted story of a cynical British foreign correspondent covering the French Indochinese war and a gung-ho, innocent American who works for the US economic mission. Both want the same girl. While the love triangle holds the story together, Greene paints an uncomfortable portrait of American foreign policy at the beginning of the Cold War and is frighteningly clairvoyant as to future American involvement in Vietnam. The book also has much to say about journalistic neutrality.

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  • Posted February 26, 2010

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    Atmospheric and poignant

    A classic and for good reason, the novel tells one perspective of the story of the beginnings of American involvement in Vietnam prior to what is now referred to as the Vietnam War, during the 1950's when it was still a French colony. Fowler is a well crafted character, as is Pyle to a lesser extent, though I agree with many critics that Phuong's character is too childish and simplistic and Greene perpetrates the same degree of "othering" that many of his peers do in this kind of writing. Still, it's a well told story, there's a great sense of tension and sense of place, and a good starting point for looking at this not-told-nearly-enough story of the US/Vietnam relationship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2006

    Innocence=Ignorance

    Greene's novel was meant to shock and offend. He novelized the terrifying consequences of American geopolitical innocence. it should be read by intelligent and open minded people, and not the weak minded who see things only on one dimension.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2005

    filthy awful book

    Sweat, grease, muss, filth, dirt, rage, passificity, and all of the general nastiments comprise Graham Greene¿s The Quiet American. Mr. Bailey has kept to his long and unfortunate habit of assigning this novel to his AP Literature/ CC Composition and English 4 classes, and I have been the forced recipient for two years running. Graham Greene copies far to closely the elaborate disgust which society, in his view, leaches onto the world¿s innocent. Innocent, meaning foreign or disabled. I may safely say that this book easily tops my list of least favorites, seconded only by every John Steinbeck novel ever written. The plot of The Quiet American centers around a somewhat greasy older European war correspondent and his vies for his frail and infantile Vietnamese mistress. Keep in mind the novel takes place just as the Americans began to enter Vietnam. Unfortunately for the slovenly Fowler, the new American aid worker, Pyle, has amorous intentions for the waifish foreign child. The remaining portions of the novel center around the typical love triangle in all books that feature an incoherent writer. The Quiet American When the novel was first published in the 1950¿s it was Don¿t be fooled by The Quiet Americans pseudo-profound nature, it is simply a sad recount of the world¿s attempts to gain control of Indo-China.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2001

    The fall of idealism

    This book is so hard hitting on the idealism of the American's during the French war in Vietnam (1950-'54). It gives you a look at the Vietnamese people and their country. The book is all about the outsiders view of the people and the politics Vietnam. In war your have to pick a side to stay human.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2001

    Make Love Not War

    For anyone who wondered where the Vietnam War protest slogan, 'Make Love Not War' came from, The Quiet American offers an explanation. Here an American operative (Pyle) helps engineer the exit of the French from Vietnam to make way for the 'Third Force' paving the way for a U.S. role. He does his part by planting Bicycle Bombs. Although this is a fictional novel, the bicycle bombs are historical. Some believe that so too, is Pyle, The Quiet American, who may be a composite that includes (Major-General) Ed Landsdale, then a gosh-golly gee whiz lad from Boston who guided the Diem regime in Vietnam until his assassination in 1963. Greene portrays Pyle as the insensitive architect of chaos and bloodshed, who is oblivious of the destruction of his actions. He is often wide-eyed and earnest to the point of insanity and this painfully embodies something of the general American disposition in Vietnam at the time. But like Fowler, the aging British journalist, who reflects the fading power of European colonialism, and Phong, the young, beautiful woman both men desire, who is Vietnam, Greene paints all these characters with such depth that the surface story of human entanglements and moral dilemmas could stand alone without knowledge of their historical allegories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2000

    An excellent tale of love and romance in 1950s Vietnam, but so much more

    On the surface, this is a tale of a 'love triangle' of sorts among Fowler (a British correspondent), Pyle (the American operative), and Phuong (the Vietnamese girl whom they both desire), and in itself, this superficial story is interesting. However, it goes deeper. In the characters, one can see the traits of nations, of a United States imposing its cultural and values on an unwilling people. And Fowler, who claims he is not involved in the conflict, is actually deeply engaged. This paints an interesting and accurate portrait of Vietnam at the very beginning of US involvement, which about ten years later would turn into full-scale military involvement.

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