Against the intrigue and violence of Vietnam during the French war with the Vietminh, Alden Pyle, an idealistic young American, is sent to promote democracy, as his friend, Fowler, a cynical foreign correspondent, looks on. 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 Vietnam conflict. The Quiet American proves “urgent, mournful and unsparing there s not another book quite like it” (Salon). Adapted to the screen in 1958, and again in 2002 starring Michael Caine and Brendan Fraser.
The Quiet American – Graham Greene 1956
The Viking Press, New York, 1956
First Edition, Dust Jacket
First American edition of Greene’s classic novel of exploration of love, innocence, and morality in Vietnam. Octavo, original cloth. Very gfood in a Good dust jacket with light rubbing, DJ was trimmed 1/16″ near the spine. Jacket design by Bill English.