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February 23, 2020

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#Classic The Quiet American

by N@ncy

  • Author: Graham Greene (1904 – 1991)
  • Title:  The Quiet American (210 pg)
  • Genre: novel
  • Published: 1955
  • Trivia: 2019 BBC News lists The Quiet American
  • ….as on of the 100 most influential novels
  • List of Challenges 2020
  • Monthly plan

 

Conclusion:

  1. This was an excellent book. (reading time: 4 hrs)
  2. I needed to detach myself for one day
  3. from the political turmoil on TV #Election2020 USA.
  4. Novels are a means to escape reality…
  5. yet they describe in ‘fiction’ what many don’t want to acknowledge.
  6. I wanted discover Graham Greene’s view of U.S. foreign policy.
  7. USA –>  ill-advised and ill-informed
  8. …sounds still very relevant in 21st C!
  9. Greene portrays the French/British colonialism and American involvement in the
  10. Vietnam War ….as a love triangle: Fowler – Phoung – Pyle
  11. Central issue: the politics of intervention in a foreign nation.
  12. Strong point:   characters
  13. …Britain (Fowler), America (Pyle), France (Vigot) Vietnam (Phoung)
  14. Fowler:…..repeating “I’m not involved. Not involved.”
  15. Pyle:…naive as he stumbles around Vietnam creating havoc wherever he goes
  16. Inspector Vigot: “We are fighting your (US/UK) wars, but you leave us the guilt”.
  17. Phoung: treated like property, to be passed among different nations.
  18. #MustRead
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  1. Feb 23 2020

    Reblogged this on penwithlit.

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