Please join moderator Kathy Schultenover for a discussion of Graham Greene’s book, The Quiet American. Parnassus Book Club meetings are free and open to anyone. Buy the book, read the book and join the discussion.
Alden Pyle is the brash young idealist sent out by Washington on a mysterious mission to Saigon, where the French Army struggles against the Vietminh guerillas. As young Pyle’s well-intentioned policies blunder into bloodshed, Fowler, a seasoned and cynical British reporter, finds it impossible to stand safely aside as an observer. But Fowler’s motives for intervening are suspect, both to the police and himself, for Pyle has stolen Fowler’s beautiful Vietnamese mistress.