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Into the intrigue and violence of Indo China comes Pyle a young idealistic American sent to promote democracy through a. This is a cautionary tale about the involvement of America and Britain in the Vietnam war Reading this book was a great way to learn about the Vietnam warThe two main characters are symbols of the American and British participation in Vietnam The British does not want to get involved in the war and he is deluding himself that he is only an indifferent spectator Pyle the American represents the idealistic principles that the Americas brought in the Vietnam war and the lack of guilt for the damage they had created by their innocent causes Innocence is a kind of insanity Innocence always calls mutely for protection when we would be so much wiser to guard ourselves against it innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell wandering the world meaning no harm One of the conclusions of the books is that Sooner or laterone has to take sides If one is to remain human Another is somehow similar to the other book that I was reading in the same time Blindness It is about peoples s ignorance to human suffering futility of life and the permanence of death This is the first book I read by Greene and it won t be the last I enjoyed his subtle tone

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The uiet American

Mysterious 'Third Force' As his naïve optimism starts to cause bloodshed his friend Fowler a cynical foreign correspond. That was my first instinct to protect him It never occurred to me that there was a greater need to protect myself Innocence always calls mutely for protection when we would be so much wiser to guard ourselves against it innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell wandering the world meaning no harm As if this book were not brilliant enough for its multi layered plot and meaningful carefully written prose it was also a harbinger of the disaster awaiting the United State s involvement in Vietnam If policy makers would have read this book and realized that they were consulting an oracle many unnecessary deaths would have been avoided many lives would have never been shattered and the billions of dollars spent trying to destroy a mythical idea could have been spent advancing humanity in numerous productive ways Instead of being lauded as a cautionary tale the book was declared anti AmericanAlden Pyle not the typical blustering pushy American abroad but a rather uiet American was in Vietnam He wasn t there to learn about the culture He was there to figure out the best way to impose his Western point of view on a country in turmoil He had been fully indoctrinated into the idea of American Exceptionalism This was a strength because believing in oneself and a cause is essential to achieving success but it was also a weakness because it potentially keeps an American from recognizing what has gone wrong for others will also go wrong for them It also keeps an American from seeing the value in a foreign culture and that the concepts of others of what makes a wonderful life may be completely different from what Americans are being led to believe is an exceptional way of life Alden Pyle in other words was a very dangerous man Thomas Fowler was a world weary British journalist addicted to opium and living with a 20 year old Vietnamese woman named Phuong There were some reverential descriptions by Fowler about his relationship with opium and Phuong dutifully serving him his pipe in a manner reminiscent of Japanese tea ceremonies It was a superstition among them that a lover who smoked would always return even from France A man s sexual capacity might be injured by smoking but they would always prefer a faithful to a potent lover Now she was kneading the little ball of hot paste on the convex margin of the bowl and I could smell the opium There is no smell like it Fowler had found a simple way of life that made him way happier than I think he ever expected to be He had a job that he understood He had a reasonably nice apartment He had a beautiful girlfriend who provided him with the comfort of companionship and sexual gratification He didn t need anything than this With the arrival of Pyle this nirvana existence was suddenly in jeopardy Pyle became enad with Phuong Fowler had a dilemma which Pyle soon exploited in his uest to save Phuong from the lecherous clutches of this old world colonizer I hadn t really thought about it until this reading but Pyle s need to save Phuong was symbolic of the American belief that Europe was corrupt and only America could guide the world forward Fowler was British and the French colonized Vietnam but the Brits were the largest most successful colonizers the world had ever seenCome with me little girl I am pure of heart Fowler s dilemma was a serious disadvantage given that he was already married to a devoted Catholic woman back in England who did not want to divorce him Fowler s poignant letters to his wife to try and change her mind were revealing about his true feelings about Phuong The reader might wonder if losing Phuong was just an inconvenience or he really did love her Perhaps you will believe when I tell you that to lose her will be for me the beginning of death Fowler s years of marriage had left he and his wife scarred and battered A mere prick by one to the other would now bleed as heavily as a mortal wound Pyle was irritatingly trying to play fair in the tug of war over Phuong Fowler had no such illusions about playing fair He definitely subscribed to the adage All is fair in love and war This is Vietnam in the midst of a long struggle and love is always poignant against the backdrop of war Phuong s practical sister wanted her to go with Pyle because he was free to marry her I kept thinking to myself as this love triangle unfolded that the one person whom we really didn t know her feelings was Phuong Fowler at several points accused Pyle of treating Phuong like a child which was true To Pyle she was a mere child who must be saved from her circumstances He was the white knight and sitting so high on his horse that one might wonder if he really wanted her or simply wanted her away from Fowler The American Imperialist knew best Out with the old and in with the new How far would Fowler go to win this battle with Pyle By the end of the book you will see The frustrating thing for Fowler was that he liked Pyle and Pyle despite his misgivings about Fowler liked him as well It is so much easier when our adversaries are asshats with few redeeming ualities We can feel vindicated in our all consuming loathing of them Under different circumstances Fowler and Pyle might have been lifelong friends but there were other things percolating that would keep them from being friends What exactly was Pyle up to in Vietnam And what did he mean about all this blathering about creating a third force Fowler in the course of his job would have crippled the budding friendship by eventually revealing the truth so alas there really was no chance for Pyle and Fowler to walk off into the sunset together conversing about the beginning of a beautiful friendshipStill I would want to ask Pyle out of all the beautiful women in all of Vietnam you had to pick mineSo you can read this book at whatever depth you chose and still find it to be one of the best books you ve ever read I do believe this is my third read and I made new connections and observations that I hadn t with the previous two reads It is such a powerful story for such a short book proving that epic tales don t have to come in whale size packages I want to thank my friend Lisa Lieberman for prompting this latest reading of The uiet American Her new book The Glass Forest is a tribute to Graham Greene s novel I have been wanting to reread The uiet American for some time now and her book release was the perfect excuseLisa is giving away a free ebook of her first book All the Wrong Places for the month of November as a lead up to the release of The Glass Forest on December 10th Don t miss out Click this link to get your free book All the Wrong Places Free eBook You must discover for yourself why I call her the ueen of the Hollywood Noir If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

Summary The uiet American

Ent finds it hard to stand aside and watch But even as he intervenes he wonders why for the sake of politics or for love. The perfect novelIngenious in its pace and tone The plot unravels in a peculiar non linear way easily enviable by even the most capable of writers Perhaps because it is like a meaty novella about star crossed lovers hidden intentions and the war of the classes that it makes it s powerful jarring punch to the gutI LoooVE this book It s incredibly elegant both prophetic and historic very very adult


10 thoughts on “The uiet American

  1. says:

    I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he causedI assume that everyone for once in own life had to face such

  2. says:

    This is a cautionary tale about the involvement of America and Britain in the Vietnam war Reading this book was a great way to learn about the Vietnam warThe two main characters are symbols of the American and British participation in

  3. says:

    'I shut my eyes and she 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' Sometimes a few notable books cause me to star

  4. says:

    An absolutely brilliant book I think it is a genuine masterpiece to be enjoyed on numerous different levels It goes straight to my favorites ever list Graham Greene employs the right tone for this book cynical yet compassionate Correspondent Fowler's non commitment is the best attitude for the place and time of his assignment in Vietnam but whether it is psychologically healthy cannot be said with certainty Written in 1955 it is

  5. says:

    “That was my first instinct to protect him It never occurred to me that there was a greater need to protect myself Innocence always calls mutely for protection when we would be so much wiser to guard ourselves against it innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell wandering the world meaning no harm”As if this book were not brilliant enough for its multi layered plot and meaningful carefully writte

  6. says:

    499 The uiet American Graham Greene 1904 1992The uiet American is a 1955 novel by English author Graham Greene which depicts French colonialism in Vietnam being uprooted by the Americans during the 1950s The novel implicitly uestions the foundations of growing American involvement in Vietnam in the 1950s and is

  7. says:

    The perfect novelIngenious in its pace and tone The plot unravels in a peculiar non linear way easily enviable by even the most capable of writers Perhaps because it is like a meaty novella about star crossed lovers hidden intentions

  8. says:

    The other day it occurred to me that this jarringly complex book was a wry attempt on Graham Greene’s part to defrock the dreaded americano

  9. says:

    This is an amazing story about the French colonial war in Vietnam and an incompetent CIA wanna be agent seen through the eyes of a opium addicted British journalist Cynicism abounds Great writing gripping scenes Excellent read A true classic I definitely need to read Graham GreeneIf you enjoyed this book and wish to have background

  10. says:

    This was actually read for my university course We were tasked to read a book or watch a movie but and write a paper about how a journalist is presented in the Unfortunately there was a blacklist as well and all

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