The Quiet American

The Quiet American

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) Graham Greene

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 180 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 15mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2004
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143039024
  • ISBN 13: 9780143039020
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 22,655

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"I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused," Graham Greene's narrator Fowler remarks of Alden Pyle, the eponymous "Quiet American" of what is perhaps the most controversial novel of his career. Pyle is the brash young idealist sent out by Washington on a mysterious mission to Saigon, where the French Army struggles against the Vietminh guerrillas.As young Pyle's well-intentioned policies blunder into bloodshed, Fowler, a seasoned and cynical British reporter, finds it impossible to stand safely aside as an observer. But Fowler's motives for intervening are suspect, both to the police and himself, for Pyle has stolen Fowler's beautiful Vietnamese mistress.Originally published in 1956 and twice adapted to film, The Quiet American remains a terrifiying and prescient portrait of innocence at large. This Graham Greene Centennial Edition includes a new introductory essay by Robert Stone.

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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