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Many adjectives have been used to describe the novels and plays of Graham Greene - timely religious melodramatic even seedy Graham Greene A Collection of Critical Essays back cover Although this may not be entirely true in Greenes other work it is certainly true in his novel The Quiet American The Quiet American is judged as one of Greenes entertainments that include comedies spy fiction and thrillers that take place in foreign countries Introduction According to World Literature Critics editor James P Draper The Quiet American is set in South Vietnam and anticipates US involvement in the Vietnam conflict The novels protagonist Alden Pyle who is ignorant of Oriental culture is depicted as a symbol of American arrogance 1537 Written in 1955 The Quiet American is a tale of a young American who is now dead because of his personal involvement in the French-Vietminh war A British reporter Fowler tells the story from his point of view Fowler and Pyle were both in love with the same woman Phuong Phuong first started off as Fowlers girlfriend but when she realized he could not give her what she wanted children because of his wife who will not divorce him because of religious reasons she leaves for Pyle Fowler and Pyle still remain friends but Fowler always carries some envy for Pyles youth and confidence Fowler is against personal involvement in the war and when he realizes that Pyle is supplying plastic bomb materials to a third force he discourages him Even then Pyle does not listen and Fowler kills him indirectly While the novels theme lies in the issue of personal involvement the relationship of Fowler Pyle the American and Phoung a Chinese woman is also described in detail Greene represents himself through the British reporter Fowler and shows his opposition to personal involvement While not getting involved himself Fowler keeps a keen eye on Pyle However when Fowler finds Pyle selling material for plastic bombs
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