The Sympathizer

The Sympathizer

by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as six other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802124944
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/12/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 16,028
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. He is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the academic books Race and Resistance and Nothing Ever Dies. He is a cultural critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times and teaches English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles.

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I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces. Perhaps not surprisingly, I am also a man of two minds. I am not some misunderstood mutant from a comic book or a horror movie, although some have treated me as such. I am simply able to see any issue from both sides. Sometimes I flatter myself that this is a talent, and although it is admittedly one of a minor nature, it is perhaps also the sole talent I possess. At other times, when I reflect on how I cannot help but observe the world in such a fashion, I wonder if what I have should even be called talent. After all, a talent is something you use, not something that uses you. The talent you cannot not use, the talent that possesses you—that is a hazard, I must confess. But in the month when this confession begins, my way of seeing the world still seemed more of a virtue than a danger, which is how some dangers first appear.

The month in question was April, the cruelest month. It was the month in which a war that had run on for a very long time would lose its limbs, as is the way of wars. It was a month that meant everything to all the people in our small part of the world and nothing to most people in the rest of the world. It was a month that was both an end of a war and the beginning of . . . well, “peace” is not the right word, is it, my dear commandant?

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The Sympathizer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a kid during thia war, susceptible to history being written on TV and magazines, this helped me see it in more human terms
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW.  I am about 3/4 through the book and had to make sure I posted a 5 star rating right away. The language is so poetic, and plot interesting - love that it is Vietnamese perspective. HIGHLY recommend this book, worth every penny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the view of a soldier in Pharaoh's Army. Clean and deeper than a story from Uncle Ho. The dichotomy of a hearts struggle against itself to right what is not wrong but establish the better vision of events. Seeing through multiple lens, like a fly, a new scenario crashes into your head. Thank you..?
HCE2 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book a great deal. Some of the prose is really beautiful in a dark fashion. Written from the point of view of an officer in the South Vietnamese army who is also an agent for the North. I would recommend it!
Davids3 9 months ago
Sympathizer has an unbelievable stupid ending after a rather brilliant lead up to that conclusion. hard to believe it was published unless the editors quit early , which is what the author should have done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a fresh take on the refugee experience and a time capsule of 70s America. Must read!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Well written, impressive vocabulary. Very colorful writing. Really good. -from an avid reader