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The Quiet American by Graham Greene
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Aug 31, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: Everyone
Read in November, 2007

Everyone I've talked to about Greene seems to like his work, and I was not disappointed. This was just a thoughtful novel, written in a plain, forthright style. The story was good - a little mystery - and I like how Greene alternated between starting at the beginning and working forward and starting at the end and working backward. That sounds confusing, but it wasn't. Greene's reflections on war - who is the enemy, who is good, who is innocent, occupation, the effects of the intervention of foreign powers to promote democracy, etc. are extremely apropos. But the message wasn't hammered over your head with a blunt object, which I appreciated since I don't like spending my leisure time ruminating over the multitudes of mistakes made by the powers that be.
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