Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Top 10 revolutionary tales

Pauline Melville is the author of two story collections, Shape-Shifter (1990) and The Migration of Ghosts (1998), and the novels The Ventriloquist's Tale (1997) and Eating Air (2009).

For the Guardian she named a top ten list of revolutionary tales. One novel on the list:
The Quiet American by Graham Greene

Greene's cool masterpiece of betrayal and political intrigue is set in Vietnam in the 1950s. Pyle, the eponymous protagonist and probable CIA operative, is betrayed by an older Englishman and love-rival who despises his naive complicity in a terrorist attack in Saigon.
Read about the other nine tales on Melville's list.

The Quiet American is among Malcolm Pryce's top ten expatriate tales and Catherine Sampson's top ten Asian crime fiction.

--Marshal Zeringue