Tuesday, July 18, 7:30 PM
FG Fiction Book Group discusses The Quiet American
At Greene Grape Annex
Led by Greenlight general manager Alexis, our fiction book group in Fort Greene discusses paperback fiction, reading broadly in contemporary fiction with the occasional diversion into classics. For July, the group reads The Quiet American, Graham Greene's classic exploration of love, innocence, and morality in Vietnam. The Quiet American follows Pyle, the brash young idealist sent out by Washington on a mysterious mission to Saigon, where the French Army struggles against the Vietminh guerrillas. As young Pyle's well-intentioned policies blunder into bloodshed, Fowler, a seasoned and cynical British reporter, finds it impossible to stand safely aside as an observer. But Fowler's motives for intervening are suspect, both to the police and himself, for Pyle has stolen Fowler's beautiful Vietnamese mistress. Originally published in 1956 and twice adapted to film, The Quiet American remains a terrifiying and prescient portrait of innocence at large.
Greene Grape Annex is located at 753 Fulton Street, across the street from the bookstore.
Current book group picks are always 15% off at Greenlight, in the store or online.