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The Quiet American: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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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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