A Dangerous Friend

A Dangerous Friend

By:  Ward Just

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In this, his twelfth novel, Ward Just penetrates more deeply into America's role in the world than he has ever done before. This beautifully constructed large-canvas novel of Saigon in 1965 can be justly compared to Joseph Conrad's NOSTROMO or Graham Greene's THE QUIET AMERICAN. A DANGEROUS FRIEND is a thrilling narrative roiling with intrigue, mayhem, and betrayal. Here is the story of conscience and its consequences among those for whom Vietnam was neither the right fight nor the wrong fight but the only fight. The exotic tropical surroundings, the coarsening and corrupting effects of a colonial regime, the visionary delusions of the American democratizers, all play their part. In A DANGEROUS FRIEND, a few civilians with bright minds and sunny intentions want to reform Vietnam -- but the Vietnam they see isn't the Vietnam that is. Sydney Parade, a political scientist, has left home and family in an effort to become part of something larger than himself, a foreign-aid operation in Saigon. Even before he arrives, he encounters French and Americans who reveal to him the unsettling depths of a conflict he thought he understood -- and in Saigon, the Vietnamese add yet another dimension. Before long, the rampant missteps and misplaced ideals trap Parade and others in a moral crossfire.

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  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547561424

  • ISBN-10: 0547561423

  • Pages: 272

  • Price: $9.99

  • Publication Date: 05/03/1999

Ward Just
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Ward Just

WARD JUST's novels include Exiles in the Garden, Forgetfulness, the National Book Award finalist Echo House, A Dangerous Friend, winner of the Cooper Prize for fiction from the Society of American Historians, and An Unfinished Season, winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award and a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize.  
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    "Novelist Ward Just is adept at getting under the skin of recent history and under the protectively colored language of national dogma." Boston Globe

    "Extraordinary...Mr. Just's novel makes you want to run screaming into the street to protest retrospectively the war he has so movingly recreated." The New York Times

    "A powerful story beautifully told." Newsweek

    "Perhaps this book will garner Just the popularity he deserves. Its greatness will stand the test of time. Conrad and Melville remain contemporary writers a century after their books were published. One hundred years hence, A Dangerous Friend will remain a beautiful, beautiful book." The San Francisco Chronicle

    "Emotionally wrenching and always beautifully observant, this is a work in the Graham Greene tradition." Entertainment Weekly

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  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547561424

  • ISBN-10: 0547561423

  • Pages: 272

  • Price: $9.99

  • Publication Date: 05/03/1999

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