Jim's Reviews > The Quiet American

The Quiet American by Graham Greene
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Oct 30, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: borrowed-and-read, required-reading, reviewed
Read in October, 2004

Graham Greene wrote books that some Americans would call "lit-er-chure". He wrote other books that were, to use his own term, "entertainments". The Quiet American straddles this divide, and brilliantly. At times a spy/suspense novel, at other times, a cautionary tale of nationalistic hubris, and above all, a story of one man's wasted life. Greene's genius is how he manages to put political discourse into his characters' mouths without making the reader feel preached down to. Even better is the crazy realization that Greene was warning America against involvement in Vietnam -- in the Fifties. Greene writes with an underappreciated effortlessness that rewards the reader rather than stuffs them full of the who-when-where's of a lesser novel of political intrigue.
1 like · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read The Quiet American.
Sign In »

No comments have been added yet.