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THE QUIET AMERICAN.

Greene, Graham.

ISBN 10: 0670585521 / ISBN 13: 9780670585526
Published by VIKING., NY, 1956
Hardcover
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First American Edition. Near fine in a close to near fine dj. (Top stain slightly discolored. A few short edge tears in dj. A few traces of mild shelfwear to dj. Light crease at edge of rear flap) Basis for 2 film adaptations. Much better than average copy. (B). Bookseller Inventory # 312332

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Title: THE QUIET AMERICAN.

Publisher: VIKING., NY

Publication Date: 1956

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

Alden Pyle, an idealistic young American, is sent to Vietnam to promote democracy amidst the intrigue and violence of the French war with the Vietminh. His friend Fowler, a cynical foreign correspondent, looks on but soon finds it difficult to remain simply an observer. Fowler's mistress, a beautiful native girl, creates a catalyst for jealousy and competition between the men and a cultural clash resulting in bloodshed and deep misgivings. Written in 1955 prior to the Vietnam conflict, The Quiet American foreshadows the events leading up to the war. Questions surrounding the moral ambiguity of the involvement of the United States in foreign countries are as relevant today as they were fifty years ago.

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Into the intrigue and violence of Indo-China comes Pyle, a young idealistic American sent to promote democracy. As his native optimism starts to cause bloodshed, his friend Fowler, a cynical foreign correspondent, cannot stand aside and just watch.
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