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The Quiet American | Study Guide

Graham Greene

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Overview

Author

Graham Greene

Year published

1955

Type

Novel

Genre

Historical Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

The novel is told from the perspective of the main character and narrator, British journalist Thomas Fowler.

Tense

The Quiet American is written in the past tense.

About the Title

After the death of Thomas Fowler's friend, Alden Pyle, Fowler refers to him as "a quiet American," and the local police chief darkly jokes that Pyle is "a very quiet American." In contrast to the novel's Bill Granger, a noisy, obnoxious American journalist, the author may be suggesting, in a half joking manner, that a dead American is the only quiet kind of American.

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