The Quiet American by Graham GreeneGraham Greenes classic exploration of love, innocence, and morality in Vietnam
I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused, Graham Greenes 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 Pyles well-intentioned policies blunder into bloodshed, Fowler, a seasoned and cynical British reporter, finds it impossible to stand safely aside as an observer. But Fowlers motives for intervening are suspect, both to the police and himself, for Pyle has stolen Fowlers beautiful Vietnamese mistress.
First 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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Thomas Fowler is a British journalist in his fifties who has been covering the French war in Viet Nam for over two years., Through 67 years of writings, Greene wrote 25 novels  and became an influential person in the Western world as an author who discusses modern moral and political issues often from the perspective of a British Catholic. He was shortlisted two times, in and for the Nobel Literature Prize and never won the award.
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Created by the original team behind SparkNotes, LitCharts are the world's best literature guides. The film won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival and is often listed as one of the greatest films ever made. Second comes right after first: During his lifetime, Greene was one of the most popular authors on the planet. Greene himself submitted a parody of his own style under the pseudonym N. For his efforts, he was awarded second place. Which guides should we add? Request one!