The Quiet American, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (6 ratings)


WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ZADIE SMITH Into the intrigue and violence of Indo-China comes Pyle, a young idealistic American sent to promote democracy through a mysterious 'Third Force'.

As his naive optimism starts to cause bloodshed, his friend Fowler, a cynical foreign correspondent, finds it hard to stand aside and watch.

But even as he intervenes he wonders why: for the sake of politics, or for love?


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Turns out Pyle wasn't such a quiet American after all... It's interesting to explore how things work differently during a war, but I must admit I was lost for part of this book.

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A lesson in how to say a lot without writing a lot. 160 pages of war, love, espionage and conflicting world views. Brilliant and wonderfully relevant. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

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The 2nd Greene book I've read, and both times I started to like the story only in the last quarter of the book. This one's heavy on the moral ambiguity, and it's a good allegory for relations between the US, UK and Vietnam in the 50's. It's hard to believe he wrote this way back then.

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This is an intriguing tale centred on the uneasy friendship between cynical British journalist Fowler and Pyle, the quiet American of the title. It is a wonderfully well written and disturbingly prescient comment on foreign meddling in Indochina, and well deserving of its classic status. The two men's competition for Phoung's affections was depressingly of its time though - I rather hoped Phoung would ditch the pair of them and seek out someone who actually took account of what <i>she</i> wanted.

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I finished this book, and liked the author's writing. I'm not sure I really enjoyed it as much as I thought I would. It was just ok for me.

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