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The Quiet American by Graham Greene
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Aug 06, 2011

it was amazing

One of the best novels that I have read in a long while. A big part of what this book appealing is the continued relevance of its themes (embedded journalists, insurgent war, American meddling); however at its heart is the relationship between two very flawed individuals. Pyle is unworldly to the point of being dangerous. His extreme idealism makes him do things that cause untold suffering. Fowler is an opium smoker, an incredibly selfish user of women, and just generally jaded. Greene's use of prose is also incredible. The scene with Fowler and Pyle in the tower is incredible. A great read for anyone interested in the history of Asia and the roots of American involvement in Vietnam

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