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review The Quiet American The uiet American Read & Download é 4 Download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ½ Graham Greene Re suspect both to the police and himself for Pyle has stolen Fowler's beautiful Vietnamese mistressOriginally published in 1956 and twice adapted to film The uiet American remains a terrifiying and prescient portrait of innocence at large This Graham Greene Centennial Edition includes a new introductory essay by Robert Stone. This is an amazing story about the French colonial war in Vietnam and an incompetent CIA wanna be agent seen through the eyes of a opium addicted British journalist Cynicism abounds Great writing gripping scenes Excellent read A true classic I definitely need to read Graham GreeneIf you enjoyed this book and wish to have background on the historical canvas on which the story was painted I highly suggest Fredrik Logevall s Embers of War about the French Indochina War and Frances Fitzgerald s masterful Fire in the Lake about the Vietnamese and the American conflict Gripping stories

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review The Quiet American The uiet American Read & Download é 4 Download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ½ Graham Greene Graham Greene's classic exploration of love innocence and morality in VietnamI 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 uiet American of what is perhaps the most controversial novel of his career Pyle is the brash young idealist s. I shut my eyes and she was again the same as she used to be she was the hiss of steam the clink of a cup she was a certain hour of the night and the promise of rest Sometimes a few notable books cause me to start thinking just I turn the last page So excuse me for beginning this review with some of my latest ruminations When I reflect on the meaning of life although I am not a philosopher I do that sometimes the fact that we are here for such a short while strikes me as so dismal If we are to have such a short life how can we live it to the fullest I often ask myself Our lives might be inconseuential what are 70 or even 80 years compared with the history of humanity And what is within our control I hope to live up to my 80 s but will I As you might have guessed I am an atheist and have no religion to alleviate my doubts One thing I know is that there is always a beginning and an end So I sometimes get melancholic by this musings But how can we make the best of it Then one day I read Graham Greene s The uiet American and everything makes sense again Everything is suddenly all right Oh I am relieved not to have read it before for now it enthralled me for the first time And probably tomorrow it will be another gem that will prove to me how right life is And in reading it I convince myself that Greene shared a little in what I will call here my contemplation moments From childhood I had never believed in permanence and yet I had longed for it Always I was afraid of losing happiness This month next year If not next year in three years Death was the only absolute value in my world Lose life and one would lose nothing again forever I envied those who could believe in a God and I distrusted them I felt they were keeping their courage up with a fable of the changeless and the permanent Death was far certain than God and with death there would be no longer the daily possibility of love dying What is The uiet American all about after all Many see it as a mere allegory between the forces involved in the conflict portrayed by Greene Others recognize it as just a war or spy novel I prefer to read it as a love triangle where Fowley the surly middle aged British war correspondent and Pyle the young and na ve American spy dispute the love and possession of the young and beautiful Vietnamese Phuong Their tangled relationship could of course stand for the intricacies of the conflict that was ravaging Viet Nam and what was yet to come But let s just leave at thatLike The End of the Affair this is a Greene novel that affects you viscerally A na ve American CIA operative fresh from Yale arrives in Vietnam and promptly steals the narrator s lover then gets himself and several Vietnamese killed That seems a pretty straightforward plot But it is far from it The story goes back and forth in time and thus increasingly reveals all that is brewing inside the protagonist and narrator Fowler From the beginning he felt protective of Pyke and despite their dispute over the girl they remain uite good friends I stopped our trishaw outside the Chalet and said to Phuong Go in and find a table I had better look after Pyle That was my first instinct to protect him It never occurred to me that there was greater need to protect myself Innocence always calls mutely for protection when we would be so much wiser to guard ourselves against it innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell wandering the world meaning no harm But the triangle of Fowler Pyle and Phuong was even intricate That is the beauty of it how they dealt with each other and their desires openly What can you offer her he asked me with anger A couple hundred dollars when you leave for England or will you pass her on with the furnitureThe furniture isn t mineShe is not either Phuong will you marry meWhat about the blood group I said And a health certificate You ll need hers surely Maybe you ought to have mine too And her horoscope no that is an Indian customWill you marry meSay it in French I said I m damned if I ll interpret for you any With each word each line and each paragraph Greene demonstrates through his protagonist how he articulates internal struggles exceptionally well the meditating but judgmental mind the bustling innermost turmoil He articulates like few the dark side of love the narrator with his uick and keen mind with a fastidious view of the world and a hardened heart Despite death anguish and hardship there is hope in the end And each sentence is a treasure making it a pleasure to uote GreeneAnd we first hear of Fowler s cynical views To be in love is to see yourself as someone else sees you it is to be in love with the falsified and exalted image of yourself In love we are incapable of honour the courageous act is no than playing a part to an audience of two Perhaps I was no longer in love but I remembered And how he always preferred escape to the possibility of loss No that woman came earlier When I left my wifeWhat happenedI left her tooWhyWhy indeed We are fools I said when we love I was terrified of losing her I thought I saw her changing I don t know if she really was but I couldn t bear the uncertainty any longer I ran towards the finish just as a coward runs towards the enemy and wins a medal I wanted to get death over DeathIt was a kind of death And I came east Thus when Pyke saves his life Fowler was far from thankful for he had been looking for exactly that escape when he came to Saigon We ve made it Pyle said and even in my pain I wondered what we d made for me old age an editor s chair loneliness and for him one knows now that he spoke prematurely Then in the cold we settled down to wait Along the road a bonfire burst into life it burnt merrily like a celebration That s my car I said All through Greene s narrative we catch glimpses of how his protagonist recognizes that love even for the toughest of them brings with it the possibility of pain Her pain struck at my pain we were back at the old routine of hurting each other If only it were possible to love without injury fidelity isn t enough But despite knowing from experience the damage of loss the pain was not any less I wish I could have those nights back I m still in love Pyle and I m a wasting asset But there was to it even if less hurtful Oh and there was pride of course It takes a long time before we cease to feel proud of being wanted But our protagonist fights all that he believes to be true However he cannot escape to comprehend it all seems impossible and a recurring theme with Greene Wouldn t we all do better not trying to understand accepting the fact that no human being will ever understand another not a wife a husband a lover a mistress It is unforgivably poignant in its sufferings I began to plan the life I had still somehow to live and to remember memories in order to eliminate them Happy memories are the worst and I tried to remember the unhappy Above all these passages touch us all the and never go away for their flashes of beautyThus the story of the uiet American is the story of idealism of naivet with not knowing but supposing to know best Pyle s good intentions may seem endearing but they come from ignorance and Fowler recognizes from the beginning how dangerous and guesses that his fate was so sealed Have you any hunch he asked why they killed him and whoSuddenly I was angry I was tired of the whole pack of them with their private stores of Coca Cola and their portable hospitals and their wide cars and their not uite latest guns I said Yes They killed him because he was too innocent to live He was young and ignorant and silly to get involved Despite the fact that some can view the Vietnamese as weak and ignorant Fowler by the end presents us the reality of Phuong and for me it could not be honest for these are people that in their effort to survive have to make the most of what they have Talking to Pyke when they discuss Phuong s future we read how well he can judge her She s no child She is tougher than you ll ever be Do you know the kind of polish that doesn t take scratches That s Phuong She can survive a dozen of us She ll get old that s all She ll suffer from childbirth and hunger and cold and rheumatism but she ll never suffer like we do from thought obsession she won t scratch she ll only decay One of the dilemmas that Fowler faces since arriving in Viet Nam is that he avoided getting involved He was always the mere correspondent just relaying the news he imagined his editors would want to see published He had an assistant that was his way of staying distant You can rule me out I said I m not involved Not involved I repeated It had been an article of my creed The human condition being what it was let them fight let them love let them murder I would not be involved My fellow journalists called themselves correspondents I preferred the title of reporter I wrote what I saw I took no action even an opinion is a kind of action But what he discovered is that freuently we do not have the luxury of staying neutral Fowler realizes late in his affair that he loved Phuong also discover that life sometimes has its way of forcing on us to make a stand Suffering is not increased by numbers one body can contain all the suffering the world can feel I had judged like a journalist in terms of uantity and I betrayed my own principle I had become as engaged as Pyle and it seemed to me that no decision would ever be simple again I loved The uiet American It has everything that a discerning reader might want in a book An astute glimpse of American foreign policy depicted as a dumb leper who has lost his bell wandering the world meaning no harm It has a credible and fascinating love triangle set in a hazy and exotic setting It has challenging characters uncovered as thoroughly human with all their imperfections All this delivered through a majestic narrative This novel will grab hold of you and by the end as with most great examples of literature you ll be a little wiser and enchanted with life because of it I want to thank my friend Vessey for granting me the privilege of reading The uiet American with her

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review The Quiet American The uiet American Read & Download é 4 Download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ½ Graham Greene Ent 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 a. An absolutely brilliant book I think it is a genuine masterpiece to be enjoyed on numerous different levels It goes straight to my favorites ever list Graham Greene employs the right tone for this book cynical yet compassionate Correspondent Fowler s non commitment is the best attitude for the place and time of his assignment in Vietnam but whether it is psychologically healthy cannot be said with certainty Written in 1955 it is shocking to see how very relevant the book still is today perhaps even increasingly so The ignorance and misconception of the stereotypical American proves to be truly deadly In his ignorant fanatism CIA agent Pyle stays convinced of his good intentions even when witnessing with his own eyes the devastation he brings about I thought a few times that the saying Fools rush in where angels fear to tread was very applicable And that is still applicable in the world today A pity that this book was not a mandatory book to be read by the US military when sending the first troops to Vietnam halfway the 1960s Might have warned them for a hopeless endeavourI am so impressed by this book and decided to read Graham Greene novels this year It was purely coincidental that I read Greene for the first time when reading The End of the Affair with its annoying catholicism and that is exactly what kept me from reading his other novels I found out that this was just a phase in his life which he abandoned after he divorced his very catholic wife


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