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The Sympathizer

de Viet Thanh Nguyen

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Follows a Viet Cong agent as he spies on a South Vietnamese army general and his compatriots as they start a new life in 1975 Los Angeles.
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Stunning book. The story is remarkable, the writing so visual and textural. I will read more by Viet Thanh Nguyen. ( )
  bschweiger | Feb 4, 2024 |
By far the best new fiction I have read this year (2018) - for it's commentary on American culture, for it's complex view of the US war in Vietnam, which defined my youth ( )
  GigiB50 | Dec 18, 2023 |
I’m giving this one 3 stars . I cannot, in good conscience, give it less. Because if nothing else, it is exquisitely written.

That said:

Never mind that any male who ever reads this will have walked away having learned how to masturbate with a live squid, how to gang rape a women as a form of torture – and how to conduct countless other sorts of torture which said male readers probably never considered before reading this book.

I get that it was supposed to be disorienting to me – the educated, female, WESTERN reader. I get that it is a detailed fictional accounting for the Boat People and for an experience that we can never otherwise imagine (why would we want to?). I get that the narrator remains nameless because his story is really the story of all refugees.

But because I was expected to read from the outside perspective – I never managed to like this book the way I should – beautifully written as it is.

Would I recommend you read it? Maybe – if you want a detailed account of what exactly it’s like to masturbate with a live squid – or what it’s like to gang rape someone – or what it’s like to have your face burned off or what it’s like to be invisible.

Sound good? Give it a go. It's a bit difficult to read, but you might learn something.

Sound terrible? Just take my review and run far far away from here...
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  BreePye | Oct 6, 2023 |
The Short of It:

Thrilling, at times funny, but relentlessly fast-paced.

The Rest of It:

Many books have been written about the Vietnam war. We’ve all seen our share of movies too about the subject. The Sympathizer is different in that it’s narrated by a double agent. Building a life with refugees in Los Angeles, he also reports back to his communist superiors in Vietnam.

The story is told in jarring episodic bursts of storytelling. At one point, I had to go back to make sure my Kindle did not jump to another book because all of a sudden the characters are engaged in making a movie about the Vietnam experience. This was a very weird, surreal part of the novel. The portrayal of the events and how the the Vietnamese were represented was at once front and center, and also an afterthought.

The entire book is push/pull. Some events are highly detailed and graphic and then the author lures you back in through a comical interchange. It’s hard from me to describe the story because the frenetic energy of the storytelling keeps you moving forward even though you’re not sure what you just read! But, even though it seemed like work to keep things straight, I did enjoy the reading experience.

It should be mentioned that it’s won a ton of awards. Have you read it? There is a sequel out if you enjoyed this one.

For more reviews, visit my blog: Book Chatter. ( )
  tibobi | Sep 25, 2023 |
This won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction as a debut novel. It is overlong, overwritten, and overdone in general. It's a real pity, too, because it has it had the potential to be a very moving book. The author is talented but, as a debut novel, he wanted to show off that talent; a good editor would have curbed his tendencies to do so. Way, way overwritten and self-indulgent. Also far too long at nearly 4 pages. Should have been cut by at least 30%, probably more. But for all that, an author to watch; I need to read others of his books. The author was born in Vietnam but raised in the US. The book tells the story of the anonymous narrator, a North Vietnamese/ Communist mole in the South Vietnamese army, who stays embedded in a South Vietnamese community in exile in the United States, eventually returning to Vietnam as part of a guerrilla raid against the communists. The book is supposed to be his confession, written to satisfy his captors. The narrator's identity is what the book is really about and Nguyen has a lot to say, a fair amount of it, worth reading. ( )
  Gypsy_Boy | Aug 26, 2023 |
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...The Sympathizer is an excellent literary novel, and one that ends, with unsettling present-day resonance, in a refugee boat where opposing ideas about intentions, actions and their consequences take stark and resilient human form.
adicionado por thorold | editarThe Guardian, Randy Boyagoda (Mar 12, 2016)
 
The more powerful a country is, the more disposed its people will be to see it as the lead actor in the sometimes farcical, often tragic pageant of history. So it is that we, citizens of a superpower, have viewed the Vietnam War as a solely American drama in which the febrile land of tigers and elephants was mere backdrop and the Vietnamese mere extras.
adicionado por krazy4katz | editarNew York Times, Philip Caputo (Apr 2, 2015)
 
Très beau roman qui raconte le parcours d’un agent secret Viêt-Cong infiltré côté américain pendant la guerre du Vietnam. L’action débute au moment de l’évacuation des troupes américaines et des Vietnamiens collaborateurs.
adicionado por Marc-Narcisse | editarLe sympathisant
 

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