De stille Amerikaan

De stille Amerikaan Tom Fowler een Engelse oorlogscorrespondent die al jaren in Saigon woont wordt door de politie ondervraagd over de moord op de jonge Amerikaanse diplomaat Pyle van wie men vermoedt dat hij voor de

  • Title: De stille Amerikaan
  • Author: Graham Greene H.J. Scheepmaker
  • ISBN: 9045005255
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tom Fowler, een Engelse oorlogscorrespondent die al jaren in Saigon woont, wordt door de politie ondervraagd over de moord op de jonge Amerikaanse diplomaat Pyle, van wie men vermoedt dat hij voor de inlichtingendienst werkte De cynische Fowler heeft Pyle goed gekend en door zijn ogen krijgt de lezer een beeld van de gedode Amerikaan Dat beeld is echter niet altijd evenTom Fowler, een Engelse oorlogscorrespondent die al jaren in Saigon woont, wordt door de politie ondervraagd over de moord op de jonge Amerikaanse diplomaat Pyle, van wie men vermoedt dat hij voor de inlichtingendienst werkte De cynische Fowler heeft Pyle goed gekend en door zijn ogen krijgt de lezer een beeld van de gedode Amerikaan Dat beeld is echter niet altijd even zuiver, want Pyle stond op het punt te trouwen met Fowlers Vietnamese vriendin De stille Amerikaan geldt als een van de belangrijkste boeken over het postkoloniale Vietnam, waar de voortekenen van de op handen zijnde Vietnam oorlog zich al duidelijk aftekenen De grote mogendheden zetten in hun poging het land onder controle te krijgen onvermoede krachten in werking De stille Amerikaan werd in 2003 opnieuw verfilmd met Michael Caine in de hoofdrol.

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    1. Graham Greene H.J. Scheepmaker

      Henry 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 Excerpted from

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    1. 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 thi [...]


    2. 'I shut my eyes and she was again the same as she used to be: she was the hiss of steam, the clink of a cup, she was a certain hour of the night, and the promise of rest.'Sometimes a few notable books cause me to start thinking just I turn the last page. So, excuse me for beginning this review with some of my latest ruminations. When I reflect on the meaning of life, although I am not a philosopher I do that sometimes, the fact that we are here for such a short while strikes me as so dismal. If [...]


    3. The perfect novel.Ingenious in its pace and tone. The plot unravels in a peculiar, non-linear way, easily enviable by even the most capable of writers. Perhaps because it is more like a meaty novella about star-crossed lovers, hidden intentions, and the war of the classes that it makes it's powerful, jarring punch to the gut.I LOooooVE this book. It's incredibly elegant, both prophetic and historic, & very very adult.


    4. I don’t know. I guess this is what you would get if you crossed Ernest Hemingway with John le Carré? Maybe.The Quiet American is the story of a British journalist covering the war in 1950s French Indochina and the annoying American who disrupts his complacent lifestyle. Sure, he’s in a war zone, but he has never had it better. He has a beautiful girl by his side and he finds it possible to remain relatively safe, both physically and emotionally—physically in that most of his reporting dut [...]


    5. "War and Love -- they have always been compared."Like The End of the Affair, this is a Greene novel that affects you viscerally. It is a war novel, set in Vietnam. Being so, it is not cheerful or pretty: dead children lying in the street and the like. It hits on the complexities of war; the complexity of morals: how it's impossible to stay neutral forever on such matters when you’re directly involved: you have to make a decision: you must decide, or you're as good as dead."'You can rule me out [...]


    6. I was pleasantly surprised how moving this story was and how strongly I warmed up to the humanity of the main character in the face of his generally detached outlook. Thomas Fowler is in a slump. As a British war correspondent working out of Saigon in French-occupied Vietnam, he gets a daily dose of duplicity and brutality in the world of ongoing guerilla conflict between the Viet Minh communist insurgents and French colonial forces. And then he comes home to play house with his Vietnamese mistr [...]


    7. My time on Earth will be brief, very brief, inconsequential really to things like North America's seasonal movements, Earth's orbit, and the galaxy's star patterns. Yet I, and pretty much everyone else with as brief a life as mine, continue the search for meaning and meaningful experience (stupid humans). Are we looking for profundity in the brevity, a way to either surpass our life's span or are we simply trying to forget about its paltry duration? Birthing, dying, birthing, dying infinitum ad [...]


    8. This is a cautionary tale about the involvement of America and Britain in the Vietnam war. Reading this book was a great way to learn more about the Vietnam war.The two main characters are symbols of the American and British participation in Vietnam. The British does not want to get involved in the war, and he is deluding himself that he is only an indifferent spectator. Pyle, the American, represents the idealistic principles that the Americas brought in the Vietnam war and the lack of guilt fo [...]


    9. NELLA GUERRA L’ARMA PIÙ EFFICACE È LA SEDUZIONE Fu scritto a guerra d’Indocina in corso (e anche a guerra di Corea in atto): quando fu pubblicato, invece, erano entrambe concluse, e i francesi si erano ritirati dal Vietnam dopo la nota battaglia di Dien Bien Phu. L’innocenza professata dagli americani nel romanzo, sia quelli tranquilli che quelli rumorosi, suona stonata (e Greene ne è consapevole) considerato quello che stava succedendo in quell’altra parte dell’Oriente (estremo).St [...]


    10. NELLA GUERRA L’ARMA PIÙ EFFICACE È LA SEDUZIONE Fu scritto a guerra d’Indocina in corso (e anche a guerra di Corea in atto): quando fu pubblicato, invece, erano entrambe concluse, e i francesi si erano ritirati dal Vietnam dopo la nota battaglia di Dien Bien Phu. L’innocenza professata dagli americani nel romanzo, sia quelli tranquilli che quelli rumorosi, suona stonata (e Greene ne è consapevole) considerato quello che stava succedendo in quell’altra parte dell’Oriente (estremo).St [...]


    11. 'What's the good? he'll always be innocent, you can't blame the innocent, they are always guiltless. All you can do is control them or eliminate them. Innocence is a kind of insanity.' (p155) The crux of the story the crux of the entire sad history of nations trying to remake Southeast Asia in a Western image.As I read The Quiet American, I felt myself sliding down a slippery path to a very messy era I remember all too well. I was 12 in 1960 so I was a teen as the build up of the American turn i [...]


    12. The Vietnam War is an era that is all too real for me. If you lived through it, you will probably agree that, as a people, we never understood what we were doing, why we were there, or who we were “saving”. The French had already tried to remake Vietnam into a Western style democracy, and had failed entirely. This book takes place just at the passing of the baton--France has not quite given up, and America is beginning to think they have the solution.That is the scene, but this book, as with [...]


    13. Earlier this year I was in Prague visiting a friend of mine. My personal circumstances haven’t been the best for the last twelve months and I had slipped into a state of deep depression without realising it. The purpose of this trip was to get away from everything, to drink a lot and lose myself in that beautiful city. One afternoon my friend and I were in a bar, six drinks deep and thrillingly relaxed. That is, until a group of Americans arrived. They took the table behind us, and began to fi [...]


    14. On the weekend, I came across a box of books belonging to my late brother. It's well over three years since his passing and I thought I had "unpacked" his belongings that still hold hostage to my garage. This box contained many gems, on the top was sitting The Quiet American. As one does, I started reading the first paragraph. By the next day I had finished it, astonished that I had not gotten to reading the work of my brother's favourite author.In death, my brother has moved into a sort of hero [...]


    15. 499. The Quiet American, Graham Greene (1904-1992)The Quiet American is a 1955 novel by English author Graham Greene which depicts French colonialism in Vietnam being uprooted by the Americans during the 1950s. The novel implicitly questions the foundations of growing American involvement in Vietnam in the 1950s and is unique in its exploration of the subject topic through the links among its three main characters - Fowler, Pyle and Phuong. The novel has received much attention due to its predic [...]



    16. Relationships are complicated by human failings. It's one of British author Graham Greene's themes, and it's fair enough and true. And in Green's world a happy ending is, at best, an ambivalent one. This would explain why I have such a hard time enjoying his books.He was a great writer. His stories often get to the heart of the matter, eventually. The problem is, he wrote so accurately about human behavior as to make his novels quite trying to one's patience. If you're looking for flawed charact [...]


    17. On Recognising the Pattern of the MosaicMy recollection of first reading “The Quiet American” at school 44 years ago is that it was a work of consummate realism with a moral dimension that revolves around war and what we would now call (state-sponsored) terrorism (it was published in 1955).What I hadn’t recalled was how Graham Greene so skillfully structured his narrative. The chronology is fragmented, starting more or less at the end, with the assassination of the quiet American, Alden Py [...]


    18. I’ve only read three Graham Greene’s so far, but he definitely seems like a writer whose works I should look into more. Prior to this, I’d read Our Man in Havana and The Power and the Glory. This is a little like a mash up of both. There’s the inept skulduggery of the first, and the searing bleakness and cynicism of the second. Greene is my kind of guy: He’s got a jaundiced view of people and the world. This novel thrums with moral ambiguity. And reading this now in 2012, some 60 years [...]


    19. As a critique of American intervention in foreign affairs, the story was excellent. The "quiet" American (he never shuts up) steps into a world he knows nothing about and creates havoc. My problem with the book was a problem common to many similar authors (DeLillo, I'm looking at you): it was very male-centric and I got annoyed. Phuong, the love/lust/possession interest in the book, was never given a character, described as innocent, childish, a sexual object, and a caretaker in turn. I realize [...]


    20. Very little is written about The First Indochina War, the post-WWII (1946-1954) conflict involving French and French allied forces against native communist insurgencies. It is often overshadowed by the American Vietnam War, the Korean War, and contemporaneous events in Europe. But make no mistake, it was a long, savage, and destructive conflict that foreshadowed much of the American Vietnam experience. The Quiet American takes place during this often overlooked conflict and is told from the pers [...]


    21. The End of the Innocents"'God save us always,' [Tom Fowler] said, 'from the innocent and the good.'" The Quiet American“The essence of Greeneland, if one may dare to try and define it, is the combination of the exotic and the romantic with the sordid and the banal.” Christopher Hitchens, Introduction to Orient Express, by Graham GreeneAnother vatic novel by Graham Greene, this time predicting, in 1955, the failures to come from American foreign policy and intervention in Vietnam, intended to [...]


    22. [Disclaimer: I only read the novel portion of this book, not the hundreds of pages analysis.]Have you ever wondered what Donald “I don’t do nuance” Rumsfeld was like as a young man? Just change his name to Alden Pyle. And have you ever wondered what would happen to a young and vulnerable Donny “he was as incapable of imagining pain or danger to himself as he was incapable of conceiving the pain he might cause others” (page 63) Boy if he encountered that Old Europe he was always going o [...]


    23. I don’t know why Greene divides his books into “entertainments” and “novels”, when the novels are so entertaining. But I guess some are more light weight and only meant to entertain, while this book is packed with ideas. Mixing an absurd spy farce, a cynical “love” story, and prophecy of U.S. involvement in Vietnam which was set and written ten years before the hoi polloi of America could probably find Vietnam on a map. Filled with demented nuggets of Greene thought such as “Inno [...]


    24. I should have read "The Quiet American" decades ago, in part because I lived through the anti-Vietnam War protests at Berkeley. And even more so, because I worked in Stanford's Hoover Archives with the Lansdale papers. Mostly I regret reading books I "should" read. While I'm ambivalent about Graham Greene himself, his troubling book should have been more widely read, and attentively studied, when it came out in 1955, a clear warning. Greene's narrator Thomas Fowler is treacherously loutish, miso [...]


    25. Innocence always calls mutely for protection when we would be so much wiser to guard ourselves against it: innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm. The Quiet American is Greene's exploration of relationships and politics against the backdrop of the conflict in Vietnam in the early 1950s.Thinking about it, this is really an amazing book and shows Greene's ability to observe current affairs - and look behind smokescreens. The "amazing" aspect of t [...]


    26. به بهانه زادروز گراهام گرین این یادداشت را بر "آمریکایی آرام" بخوانید.دیوید لاج: جهان داستانی گراهام گرین بیش از آنکه آماده انقلاب باشدآمادهء اضمحلال است.گراهام گرین چند تا ویژگی خاص دارد: یکی این است که عمدۀ رمان هایش در کشورهایی نوشته شده و یا حاصل زیستن در سرزمین هایی بوده ک [...]


    27. Graham Greene is an artist of sarcasm and loathful protagonists. 'The Quiet American' follows in that tradition, but delves into what that means and turns the whole thing on its head. The main character, Fowler, is as foul as his name implies; swearing, drinking, smoking opium, and cheating on his wife with a nubile young Vietnamese girl. Conversely , we are shown the eponymous 'Quiet American', Pyle, who is quiet in that he is sweet, naive, doesn't drink, doesn't do drugs, doesn't fornicate, is [...]



    28. I originally intended to award four stars to this book, which I'd read years ago to impress a professor who quoted Graham Greene at every opportunity, but the thing kept working its way into my brain like an ethical earworm. Without a single character to admire, the book's strength is the nuance of thought and feeling evoked by its narrator, Thomas Fowler, an Englishman whose cynicism is profoundly depressing. Fowler is a man who can say - without absurdity - that "Death was the only absolute va [...]


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