The Quiet American

GREENE, Graham. The Quiet American.

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“Sooner or has to take sides. If one is to remain human.”

GREENE, Graham. The Quiet American. London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1955.

8vo., original dark blue boards, lettered in gilt to spine; with original unclipped dustwrapper; pp. [viii], 247, [i]; a very good copy, with slight compression to spine ends and shelf lean; internally very clean, just the odd very small spot; wrapper spine ever-so-slightly darkened, with one small chip to upper front fold and a small 0.5cm nick to lower panel; near fine.
First edition of Greene's classic prophetic novel, set in Vietnam prior to the conflict. The plot follows Fowler, a middle-aged British war correspondent reporting from Saigon, who recounts the events leading to the murder of Alden Pyle, a young American operative who aspires to rescue Vietnam from the "red menace" of Communism. It became the basis for the 2002 Oscar Nominated motion picture starring Michael Caine and Brendan Fraser.