Graham Greene’s, “The Quiet American” is a wonderfully entertaining, beautifully crafted novel, about the French military involvement in Vietnam in the 1950’s and the earlier, secretive involvement of the United States. The characters are richly developed and the moral and ethical questions they pose could be debated until the end of time.
Mr. Greene’s writing is crisp and, at times, breathtaking. His depictions of the war might not be as intimate as those in “All Quiet on the Western Front” but they are highly effective and the tension and fear for the characters are quite palpable.
I highly recommend this book.