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 (13s 6d net); pp. [viii], 247, [i]; ends a tad pushed; upper edge a little dust soiled; previous ownership inscription to ffep; still very good, and crisp inside; the jacket a touch toned to spine and folds; small chips to edges, particularly head and foot of spine; very good.
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.