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The Quiet American by Graham Greene
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Nov 29, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: book-club, historical-fiction, film-adaptation
Read from April 25 to May 21, 2012

A British reporter in Vietnam in 1955 has a complicated relationship, you can't call it friendship, with a member of the American economic mission. The consequences of the relationship are both personal and political.
There are so many interesting concepts in this book. Innocence and naivete; are they dangerous or good? Can a person really be detached and disengaged from the world they live in? Can you trust the views of a first-person narrator? What is friendship and what is love? Interwoven with these topics is the combination of hubris and bad political theory that lead to the quagmire that was Vietnam.
Everyone in the book is flawed. No one is really good. There is no innocence here.
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Mary Miller Thought-provoking book.

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