The quiet american is a 1955 novel by english author graham greene narrated in the first person by journalist thomas fowler the novel depicts the breakdown of french colonialism in vietnam and early american involvement in the vietnam war. The american pyle falls for phuong and the two men discuss what can be done however in any conflict it is impossible to stay neutral for long as the film rather bluntly says the plot here is the same story told twice. The quiet american is a 2002 film adaptation of graham greenes bestselling novel set in vietnam the quiet american it was directed by phillip noyce and starred michael caine brendan fraser and do thi hai yen. The quiet american takes place in 1950s vietnam a time when the french were still the ones fighting the viet minh and american involvement was all but invisible it is narrated in the first person by thomas fowler an english reporter living there and covering the war. The quiet american he never shuts up steps into a world he knows nothing about and creates havoc my problem with the book was a problem common to many similar authors delillo im looking at you it was very male centric and i got annoyed
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