The Sympathizer

The Sympathizer

It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is se It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, w...

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Title:The Sympathizer
Author:Viet Thanh Nguyen
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:The Sympathizer
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:371 pages pages

The Sympathizer Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Sep 27, 2016
    I read this book for many reasons - Pulitzer winner, and a book club pick for my in-person group. We discussed it last night, and I wanted to wait to weigh in until that discussion, but also until I had finished reading the author's non-fiction book Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the M...
  • Elyse Walters
    Feb 11, 2015
    Another Update (2nd update)--- I've been reading through my Kindle book again the last few days of this book --looking over my notes -taking new ones.--Our local book club is meeting to talk about "The Sympathizer". 25 of members from around the Bay Area are attending....with 25 others...
  • Roxane
    Mar 28, 2017
    So clever and witty but also gripping. ...
  • Ron Charles
    Mar 16, 2015
    Forty years ago this month, after a long, deadly release of flatulence from American politicians, the United States evacuated its personnel from Saigon in an operation appropriately code-named Frequent Wind. Whether you were alive then or not, the images of those panicked Vietnamese cr...
  • Snotchocheez
    May 19, 2016
    3.5 stars I can see how The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen's complex novel focusing on the post-Vietnam War experience, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction this year. It's plenty thought-provoking and weighty, uncompromsing in its candor. It has a snarky sense of humor. It provides ...
  • Rowena
    Oct 14, 2015
    "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 f...
  • Esil
    Feb 12, 2017
    I loved The Refugees. I loved the writing and I loved Viet Thanh Nguyen's perspective on the experiences of Vietnamese refugees in the United States. So I was excited to read The Sympathizer, Thanh Nguyen's Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Unfortunately, I didn't love it in the way I love...
  • Michael
    Feb 28, 2017
    If you ever struggle with your feelings and understanding about America?s role in the Vietnam War, this book could give you a useful framework to both widespread blaming and forms of forgiveness to both sides. There really was no right side to be on, and the Vietnamese people became ...
  • Liz
    Jan 09, 2017
    I?m so disappointed with this book. It started off so strong but then lost me as it went on. A book about the end of the Vietnam War and the Vietnamese refugees that come to America . The narrator, the unnamed Captain, however, is not pro-American. He is a double agent for the Comm...
  • Diane S ☔
    Feb 12, 2017
    Pulitzer Prize winner and I don't always agree, and such is the case here. A very worthy book, a book with so many truisms, such as this one "booted hard by the irony of how revolution fought for independence and freedom could make those things worth less than nothing." The tone is iro...
  • Violet wells
    Jan 16, 2019
    There's so much going on in this novel, so many tones of voice that it's perhaps impossible to love everything. I had problems with the home run, an extended torture scene which extracts from the narrator the confession which, we learn, is this novel. Here the author overindulged the e...
  • Angela M
    Feb 08, 2017
    This is without a doubt an important story to tell. " ....thousands of refugees wailed as if attending a funeral, the burial of their nation, dead too soon, as so many were, at a tender twenty- one years of age." The writing is as good as I found in The Refugees but I wasn't immediatel...
  • Melki
    Feb 14, 2017
    My mother was native, my father was foreign, and strangers and acquaintances had enjoyed reminding me of this ever since my childhood, spitting on me and calling me bastard, although sometimes, for variety, they called me bastard before they spit on me. I didn't realize how much I'v...
  • Perry
    May 23, 2016
    Powerful Personalization of Vietnamese and Vietnam War's Fallout [Winner of 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Literature] This novel profoundly personalized for me the Vietnam War and the Vietnamese in a way no movie or book has. It is written as the first person account of a South Vietnamese ...
  • Stephen P
    May 14, 2016
    So now what is there to do? Still awake and it is four fifteen in the morning. These gales of endless emotions have ripped through these past three hours in my wordless torment and wonder. Devoting myself to whatever feelings swept over me I would not corral them with words. Roped to...
  • Meghan
    May 12, 2015
    Let's read a book about having sex with a dead squid. Because that happens in this book. Somehow I have an ability to pick out books like this. I suppose it's a gift. Just something about me that makes me me. (Squid sex is only like two pages of three hundred and fifty, but I feel i...
  • Paula Kalin
    Jan 21, 2017
    The Sympathizer, written by Viet Thanh Nguyen, is a sweeping novel of Vietnamese and American culture after the fall of Saigon seen through the eyes of a half-French, half-Vietnamese intellectual communist double agent. Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Price for Fiction, the author writes f...
  • BlackOxford
    Jul 20, 2016
    The Darkness of Democracy When Donald Trump blasts "Make America Great Again", it may not be obvious that 'again' has a very specific historical reference: the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, the day the United States lost its first war. This event opens The Sympathizer. The Donal...
  • Erin
    Sep 09, 2017
    13h 53 m narrated by Francois Chau To begin this review I feel the need to share that as I was listening to the audiobook I began to wonder how books qualify for the Pulitzer Prize. So I did a bit of searching online and discovered that "It( the Pulitzer) recognizes distinguished ...
  • linhtalinhtinh
    May 04, 2016
    I see the value that this book contributes to American literature. I read New York Times review just a few minutes ago (didn't want anything to interfere with my understanding of the book), and for most part I'd like to agree. Few years I go when I was still in college, I took this ...
  • Adina
    Dec 20, 2016
    I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces. Perhaps not surprisingly, I am also a man of two minds. With these words Viet Thanh Nguyen decides to start the novel and these two sentences were enough to get me hooked. They managed to intrigue me, to want to know more and set...
  • Matthew Quann
    Apr 18, 2016
    I?m not sure about the rest of Canada, but I didn?t learn much about the Vietnam War during my high school history classes. WWI and WWII were taught as highlight reel of major events, cliff notes on battles fought, assassinations of Archdukes, and the social fallout of the wars. Li...
  • Bianca
    Dec 14, 2017
    I loved Thanh Nguyen's The Refugees, so I was eager to read his Pulitzer winner debut novel. I'm glad to report that my admiration of Thanh Nguyen's talent remains intact. There are a gazillion reviews of this novel, so I'll only write some thoughts. I don't recall ever reading ...
  • Philip
    Oct 17, 2016
    4.5ish stars. At times hilarious, at others disturbing, and sometimes both at once, this is a story about war, identity, friendship, loyalty and understanding. I'll admit to not having the most extensive understanding of the Vietnam War. It was before my time and if I was ever ...
  • emma
    Mar 23, 2017
    I put reviews off for as long as humanly possible. Consistently. It?s what I do! I procrastinate. And then I finally post a review and I?m adorably like ?look at me post this three months after I read it lolol? and everyone loves it and we all hug and drink tea or whatever. ...
  • Duy Nguyen
    Mar 16, 2015
    Being an English major from UCBerkeley and an Artistic Director of Asian American Theater Company for 3 years, I've run across a lot of Asian American works. Though my heart is always with these stories, they've often lacked style. Viet Nguyen has style. He's really funny, in a smart u...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Sep 15, 2016
    I can definitely see why this first book by Viet Thanh Nguyen won the Pulitzer for 2016. A real page turner, it is a dark comedy about the Vietnam War and especially its aftermath seen from the north in a brilliant narrative style. The theme of schizophrenia is abundant and incredibly ...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Sep 20, 2018
    I was in close quarters with some representative specimens of the most dangerous creature in the history of the world, the white man in a suit. Sympathizer is one of the many books I?ve read for class this year and it?s taken me months to review it. This book?s unnamed n...
  • Richard
    Aug 09, 2019
    As the Vietnam war stumbles to a close, America retreats and communist forces sweep in from the north. There is a rush to escape the country. Among the Americans and high ranking local military who hurry to the airbase are a top general of the Vietnamese army and his young right hand m...
  • Sr3yas
    Mar 04, 2018
    The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Usually, when I write my thoughts about a story, I look for a good quote as a lead in. Sometimes, it's hard to find such a quote, whereas in other cases, I find myself having a luxury of choosing from as many as a dozen good quotes ...