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The Quiet American

UK Publisher: Vintage Classics

‘The novel that I love the most is The Quiet American‘ – Ian McEwan

Into the intrigue and violence of 1950s Saigon comes CIA agent Alden Pyle, a young idealistic American sent to promote democracy through a mysterious ‘Third Force’.

As Pyle’s naive optimism starts to cause bloodshed, his friend Fowler, a cynical foreign correspondent, finds it hard to stand aside and watch. But even as Fowler intervenes he wonders why: for the greater good, or something altogether more complicated?

**One of the BBC’s 100 Novels That Shaped Our World**

Graham Greene was born in 1904. On coming down from Balliol College, Oxford he worked for four years as sub-editor...