New Book Club: The Quiet American by Graham Greene

The Book Club is back with ‘The Quiet American’ by Graham Greene


Every Friday from 5 to 7 pm, starting on March 14th

To join the Book Club write to or call 4030-4829

About ‘The Quiet American’:

This anti-war novel, first published in the United Kingdom in 1955, was adapted into films in 1958 and 2002. The book draws on Greene’s experiences as a war correspondent The Times and Le Figaro in French Indochina between 1951–1954. It tells the story of British veteran correspondent Thomas Fowler, American Alden Pyle and their relationship with Phoung, a beautiful Vietnamese woman. On a deeper level, however, it looks at the tensions which led up to the Vietnam war.

“I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused,” Graham Greene’s narrator Fowler remarks of Alden Pyle, the eponymous “Quiet American” of what is perhaps the most controversial novel of his career. Pyle is the brash young idealist sent out by Washington on a mysterious mission to Saigon, where the French Army struggles against the Vietminh guerrillas.”
“Reading the novel again reinforced my fear of all the Pyles around the world. They do not mean to hurt us, but they do. Greene’s great achievement is to allow a cynic like Fowler to champion the cause of life by insisting on the authenticity of those deaths Pyle considers to be merely symbolic.”The Guardian

Watch the trailer for the 2002 film adaptation:

What is the Book Club?

CCB’s Book Club is a space where students can share their passion for reading and learn from and about different stories each bimestre. The aim is to stimulate conversation and develop critical reading skills while broadening the cultural context of the participants. [read more about past Book Clubs]

How does it work?

Each week the participants will meet to talk about the book chosen for each term and a facilitator will provide further insight into the plot, characters, philosophy and historical context of the story. All reading will be done at home and the weekly sessions will be geared towards conversation and interaction amongst participants.

Who can join?

Anyone can join the Book Club. However, certain books will require a minimum level of English for the participants to fully take advantage of the sessions . Active CCB’s students can join the Book Club free of charge. The fee for non-students is ¢35,000. Registration is necessary for all participants.


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