The Quiet American
The Quiet American
Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143039020, 180pp.
Publication Date: August 31, 2004
"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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Since 1991, Robert Stone has been writer, photographer, and publisher of Day Hike Books. He is a Los Angeles Times Best Selling Author, an award-winning author of Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers, and an award-winning author of the Outdoor Writers Association of California. Robert has hiked every trail in the Day Hike Book series. He resides summers in the Rocky Mountains of Montana and winters on the California Central Coast.