Sunday, July 31, 2005

The Quiet American by Graham Greene

Just finished reading the book. This is the first book I have read from the author. I had seen the last scene of the movie and immediately decided to read the book. I have always enjoyed reading than watching. Invariably movie always messes up. As expected the book was a great read. It is about an Old english reporter and his time during the Vietnam War. Before you'll jump to any conclusions, No it is not about Vietnam War and yet poignantly touches about how all the big nations in their attempt to help [or as they claim to] - screwed it up for those simple people. It is a story of a man, his desperation, his sense of morality, the war through his eyes, his attempts to not care and finally to not take any sides.

"I thought you don't take any sides, Mr Fowler"

"Sooner or later" Heng said, and I was reminded of Captain Trouin speaking in the opium House, "one has to take sides. If one is to remain human."


Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Is this book popular? Wonder how you shortlisted it?

Looks interesting though.! I'll check it out in the local library.

31 July, 2005 16:58  
Blogger Aatma said...

Yes it is a popular book, U should try reading it whenever u get a chance. Try to get the one where in they have a critic section.

31 July, 2005 22:18  

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