Alden Pyle, an idealistic young American, is sent to Vietnam to promote democracy amidst the intrigue and violence of the French war with the Vietminh. His friend Fowler, a cynical foreign correspondent, looks on but soon finds it difficult to remain simply an observer. Fowler’s mistress, a beautiful native girl, creates a catalyst for jealousy and competition between the men and a cultural clash resulting in bloodshed and deep misgivings.
Written in 1955 prior to the Vietnam conflict, The Quiet American foreshadows the events leading up to the war. Questions surrounding the moral ambiguity of the involvement of the United States in foreign countries are as relevant today as they were fifty years ago.
I was never quite sure where this story was going until I got near the end, but it turned out to be a good story and well written. The reader's voice was OK, nothing stellar, but he did have a nice British accent. His American English was not so believable, everyone sounded Southern or Texan, something like that. If you are interested in life in Vietnam as the war was just beginning, prior to major American involvement, this is a good story for you. It includes historical events, life of a journalist, a love story, and daily life in Hanoi and Saigon under French rule.
Well...this bombed out....bout mid way this puppy started over with Chapter two.....waist of monty and time.
There are some Brits that can do a great American accent. This narrator is not one of them. For crying out loud, he is not even convincing as Fowler...or anyone else in the story.
All of this is just so distracting because you are constantly rereading Pyle's lines in your head to
a) take away the Texas accent, and
b) add the proper emotion to his speech that is clouded by the aforementioned goofy accent.