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The Quiet American

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.


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This is an edition of Graham Greene's classic 1955 novel released to coincide with the cinematic release of The Quiet American- that has been sitting on the Hollywood back-burner due to 9/11 (director Phillip Noyce has released a subsequent film since, Rabbit Proof Fence). Hopefully the film will be a success and lead people back to the source text and banish the mess of the late 1950's version by Joseph Mankiewicz. This is a short, concise novel that contains many classic elements of 'Greeneland'- a 1st person narrator in exile (this time Indo-China), extra-marriage affairs, Catholicism- how we can live with a morality beneath God etc. This book predicts the Vietnam War, the 'Third Force' here sounding not unlike American Foreign Policy of late/of tomorrow- all wonderfully delivered in a haze of opium and regret. The Quiet American is a classic novel that deserves to be read and re-read by many; one of the greatest works of the 20th century and the novel that I felt Brighton Rock should have been!

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