His writing style and personal life were both markedly affected by the bipolar disorder that lived tit him since early childhood; as a result, he spent much Of his life under the torment of his peers, leading him to years of battling serious levels of depression and several suicide attempts. Despite the worst, Greene eventually graduated from Oxford university before working as a journalist for the Nottingham Journal and The Times; it was during his work with The Times that Greene was inspired to write The Quiet American, a novel drawing upon the life of a young British journalist during the French Indo-Chinese war of the 1 sass.
In October 1951, Greene was traveling between Saigon and the Ben Tree province, during which time he was accompanied by an American aid worker who ‘lectured him about finding a ‘third force in Vietnam” these series of events eventually culminated in The Quiet American. It was also interesting to note that Green’s novel was received poorly by the United States, with the press describing the work as an inaccurate portrayal of the American way – this was particularly accentuated by the detonation of a car bomb amidst a crowd of civilians.
It may be quite possible, however, that the Hyannis was brought about by inherent hatred for the ‘middle-class English snob like Thomas Fowler, whom (the Americans) were all too ready to identify with Greene himself’. The novel’s draconian spin on American foreign policy prevented its film adaptation from being released during the delicate times of the September 11 attacks. Graham Greene later died of leukemia aged 86. French occupation of Indo-China The novel takes place during the late years of France’s occupation of Vietnam during the Indochina war of the 1 9505.
In an effort to gain independence, Vietnamese nationalists pushed for the first Indochina war to rid the province’s French presence in 1946. It was four years later that the United States worried for the supremacy of democracy, anticipating an imminent outbreak Of communism if intervention did not occur. After another four years, at which point the French had now fled the confrontation, the Americans now became physically involved in the Indochinese war; the situation in Vietnam had stalled, with the American intervention doing little for their cause.
In spite of the increase in military funding towards the Indochinese operation, the predicament only escalated before culminating in the Vietnam War during the sass. The lead up to the Indochinese war involved tumult dating back to the 1 5th century with Vietnamese efforts for independence. In 1 861, French involvement commenced with a forceful occupation of Saigon. The Second World War proceeded with Japan receiving permission from the French to ‘assume effective control of French Indochina’.