The Quiet American - Graham Greene

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  • Randy S

    A few more quotes:

    "The canal was full of bodies: I am reminded now of an Irish stew containing too much meat. The bodies overlapped: one head, seal-grey, and anonymous as a convict with a shaven scalp, stuck up out of the water like a buoy."

    Okay on the brighter side....a middle aged man's sensuality perhaps:

    "I shut my eyes and she [Phuong] was again the same as she used to be: she was the hiss of steam, the clink of a cup, she was a certain hour of the night and the promise of rest."

    May 31, 2014

  • Randy S

    Memorable quote perhaps: "They killed him because he was too innocent to live. He was young and ignorant and silly and he got involved. He had no more notion than any of you what the whole affair's about and you gave him money and York Harding's books on the East and said, 'Go ahead. Win the East for Democracy'."

    May 31, 2014

  • Randy S

    I've had a quiet admiration for GG (pardon the pun) ever since I read Lawless Lands and the Power and the Glory. But this one strikes a resonant chord with me. It's clear early in the book that Pyle isn't as quiet (until he's dead) as the deceptive title would suggest to the book jacker reader. It's given me that eery feeling of deja vu. It made me recall of my time in the Navy in Beirut, Lebanon in 1982. We had a lot of quiet Americans who were gung ho about a foolish venture that only got a bunch of guys killed. Anyway, I'm enjoying the book for perhaps not the noblest of reasons.

    1 · May 30, 2014

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