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The author of the book: Graham Greene
Date of issue: May 1st 1993
ISBN 13: 9783423131292
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I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused.
I assume that everyone for once in own life had to face such a moment that, though convinced about doing the right thing, felt nevertheless poorly and uncomfortably. How is it possible, we asked then, we acted righteously so why such bad feeling, such turbulence in our mind? We did a good choice so why this bile that fills our mouths? Why that need to rationalize our deeds? There was no other way, we say. But really? And this is a feeling Graham Greene leaves me with almost every time. Something that still bothers and troubles me and pours cold water over me, my whole self - confidence and well-being.
Because no matter how much we abide by our principles and sense of morality we constantly collide with the concept of the lesser evil and the common good, in short with situations that allow us or even encourage to justify our actions or omissions. And so is Thomas Fowler, somewhat cynical English reporter, for years residing in the East, whose life motto is to be not engaged . But is it really possibly to live without being involved? Thomas seems to care only for a few things in his life: willing body of young mistress in his bed and some pipes of opium to detach himself not only from the outside world, the whole thing takes place in the fifties during French-Vietnamese war, but also from own conscience. And one day in this more or less organized world enters the title quiet American, young and naïve impregnably armored by his good intentions and his ignorance Alden Pyle, with his head stuffed with bookish knowledge and mouth packed with platitude on democracy and justice. He comes with his sense of mission to save the world and by the way of course falls in love with Fowler’s mistress.
One could say that it is a banal situation only wrapped up in exotic costume and cast in some unusual scenery to add some spice. You couldn't be more wrong since this collision of East with West, old with new, that clash between youth and maturity, experience and naivety Greene played masterfully. And in the end neither youthful idealism of Pyle nor disillusioned stoicism of Fowler allows anyone to remain nonaligned. There is always that moment one must espouse whose side we are on. Because in fact, no matter how much we turn our eyes and try to stay neutral, even though we choose our own side, it is always a pure act of being irretrievably engaged.
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Read information about the authorHenry Graham Greene, OM, CH was an English novelist, short story writer, playwright, screenplay writer, travel writer and critic whose works explore the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world. Greene combined serious literary acclaim with wide popularity.
Although Greene objected strongly to being described as a “Catholic novelist” rather than as a “novelist who happened to be Catholic,” Catholic religious themes are at the root of much of his writing, especially the four major Catholic novels: Brighton Rock, The Heart of the Matter, The End of the Affair, and The Power and the Glory. Works such as The Quiet American, Our Man in Havana and The Human Factor also show an avid interest in the workings of international politics and espionage.
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