Psychosocial The Quiet American - Graham Greene

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    The Quiet American
    by Graham Greene

    The Quiet American is a novel by British author Graham Greene, first published in Great Britain in 1955 by William Heinemann Ltd. and in the United States in 1956 by the Viking Press. It was adapted into films in 1958 and 2002. The book draws on Greene's experiences as a SIS agent spying for Britain in World War II inSierra Leone in the early 1940s and on winters spent from 1951 to 1954 in Saigon reporting on the French colonial war for The Times and Le Figaro. He was apparently inspired to write The Quiet American in October 1951 while driving back to Saigon from the Ben Tre province. He was accompanied by an American aid worker who lectured him about finding a “third force in Vietnam”. Greene spent three years writing it.

    Plot: Saigon, 1952, a beautiful, exotic, and mysterious city caught in the grips of the Vietnamese war of liberation from the French colonial powers. New arrival Alden Pyle, an idealistic American aid worker, befriends London Times correspondent Thomas Fowler. When Fowler introduces Pyle to his beautiful young Vietnamese mistress Phuong the three become swept up in a tempestuous love triangle that leads to a series of startling revelations and finally - murder.
     

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