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The Quiet American, By Graham Greene

The Quiet Americanby Graham Greene - The Quiet American is a short novel (180 pages), but it packs a punch, both emotionally and politically. A masterful study of male rivalry and political engagement set in 1950s Vietnam, it pits against each other two very different men: Thomas Fowler, a jaded, world-weary, ageing British war correspondent, and Alden Pyle, an earnest and idealistic American who has just arrived in Vietnam to work at the Economic Aid Mission and hardly knows anything about the country except what he's read in a book. Early on in the story, in a scene whose absurdity belies the increasingly dark tone of the rest of the book, Pyle informs Fowler that he's in love with Fowler's mistress Phuong and intends to have her for his bride, since, let's face it, he has more to offer her than does Fowler. Amazingly, Pyle then goes on to insist on being Fowler's friend, seemingly unaware that the other man sees him as a rival and doesn't really want anything to do with him. So their stories keep weaving in and out of each other, until Pyle is found dead. The question is, who killed him, and why?

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  • Anne S.

    The book, while not much of a mystery, was very interesting. The story takes place in Vietnam before the televised Vietnam war that we remember from the sixties. The main issue seemed to be the value of engagement over detachment, which was explored in a number of ways by the author. One of our more interesting discussions.

    June 6, 2014

  • Maris

    Book very provocative. Well worth reading.

    June 6, 2014

    • Anne S.

      I agree. Amazing how Welles Greene creates images with his words.

      June 6, 2014

  • Gregg

    i'm going to try my best to make it but i've had this cold the past few days and it seems to be taking a turn for the worse in last few hours. just wanted to give you a heads-up that i may end up having to cancel. sorry so late. very absurd spring-time cold.

    June 5, 2014

  • Sybil

    Oh, dear. A slight family emergency has arisen and I don't think I will be able to make it today after all. I'm so sorry. And if it turns out I can come a bit late, I will try to do so.
    Thanks, everyone, and my apologies. I was very much looking forward to it!

    June 5, 2014

  • Sybil

    it used to be considered a great place - don't know about now. but it seems difficult to change the site now, no?

    June 4, 2014

    • Anne S.

      Not sure, but am also basing choice on price, "vietnameseness"­ and closeness.to a subway. Will try your selection for a more generic Middle East book.

      June 5, 2014

  • Elliot

    Has anyone looked at the reviews for saigon 48? A lot say it isn't that great...

    June 3, 2014

  • Sybil

    This site says that there is a meeting on Thursday. Is there? I'm happy to pay if the meeting is really going to take place. Thanks!

    1 · June 3, 2014

    • Anne S.

      Yes. There is a meetup. Sorry . Was in California and got confused

      June 3, 2014

  • Gregg

    is there a location pending?

    1 · June 3, 2014

  • Elliot

    It is two days from now, what about a location?????

    June 3, 2014

  • Sybil

    Just wanted to make a suggestion about location. There is a middle eastern restaurant, Salaam, on 13th St, just west of 6th Ave, south side of the street. It has a kind of private room which would be nice for a group such as this.

    May 28, 2014

  • Michelle

    So disappointing for me -- the one night all month I have ballet tix. This classic is exactly the kind of BBC drama I love. Have a great get-together.

    May 21, 2014

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