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Of all the conflicts that the United States engaged in during the late 20th century none invoked the ire of its citizens more than Vietnam Even now it is somewhat of a taboo something that if spoken about wrongly could incur the wrath of those around you Yet Graham Greenes novel The Quiet American is centered around just that as well as early US involvement during the prologue to American troops being sent into the Vietnam The novel primarily focuses around two characters Thomas Fowler a seasoned and cynical British war reporter and Alden Pyle a seemingly naive American Aide Officer Although Pyle of Graham Greenes The Quiet American has the best of motives and is blissfully innocent while carrying out US policies in Vietnam he brings about destruction and corruption First Pyle becomes involved in a complex lovers triangle between him Fowler and Fowlers Vietnamese lover Phuong After much strife some strangeness is created between Fowler and Pyle it becomes clear that their relationship is becoming unstable Finally it becomes clear that Pyle is also entangled with US policies around the encroaching war The relationship between Pyle Fowler and Phuong at the start of the novel is somewhat subdued Although Pyle seems to be attracted to Phuong she at first takes no action especially when he first meets her and asks her to dance as Fowler observes later I saw them dancing in silence at the other end of the room Pyle holding her so far away from him that you expected him at any moment to sever contact The Quiet American 41 Although Pyle did ask Phuong to dance it is apparent that he is very uncertain about women as Fowler points out to Phuongs sister as Pyle is dancing with Phuong I should say thats as near as he ever got to a woman The Quiet American 42 Despite Pyles obvious qualms about women he later falls in love with Phuong
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