- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Constable & Robinson; 01 edition (1 February 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1472151364
- ISBN-13: 978-1472151360
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Sympathizer Paperback – 1 Feb 2016
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[A] remarkable debut novel ... His book fills a void in the literature, giving voice to the previously voiceless ... An absurdist tour de force that might have been written by a Kafka or Genet
Extraordinary ... Surely a new classic of war fiction ... [Nguyen] has written a cerebral thriller around a desperate expat story that confronts the existential dilemmas of our age ... I haven't read anything since Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four that illustrates so palpably how a patient tyrant, unmoored from all human constraint, can reduce a man's mind to liquid
This debut is a page-turner (read: everybody will finish) that makes you reconsider the Vietnam War ... Nguyen's darkly comic novel offers a point of view about American culture that we've rarely seen
The satire is delicious
The Sympathizer reads as part literary historical fiction, part espionage thriller and part satire. Nguyen knows of what he writes
This impressive debut contains a Whitman-like multiplicity ... A bold, artful and globally minded reimagining of the Vietnam war ... 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.
At times brutal, other times laugh-out-loud funny . . . I'm considering reading it again, just to see what I might've missed the first time around
An important new perspective on the Vietnam War . . . The Sympathizer will both startle and grip you
An early frontrunner for debut novel of the year
I cannot remember the last time I read a novel whose protagonist I liked so much. Smart, funny, and self-critical, with a keen sense of when to let a story speak for itself ... [Nguyen] proves a gifted and bold satirist
An Amazon Rising Star of Summer 2016: Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer brilliantly draws you in with the opening line: “I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces.” It’s thrilling, rhythmic and astonishing, as is the rest of Nguyen’s enthralling portrayal of the Vietnam War. The narrator is an undercover communist agent posing as a captain in the Southern Vietnamese Army. Set during the fall of Saigon and the years after in America, the captain spies on the general and the men he escaped with, sharing his information with his communist blood brothers in coded letters. But when his allegiance is called into question, he must act in a way that will haunt him forever. Political, historical, romantic and comic, The Sympathizer is a rich and hugely gratifying story that captures the complexity of the war and what it means to be of two minds. -Al WoodworthSee all Product description
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The story starts with a confession. Then goes a few years back to the time when the Northern Vietnamese Communists took over Vietnam and the pro-American southern Vietnamese were flown out of the country for the US. Among them was the protagonist who's a mole, a Communist posing as a close confidante of the southerner general. From there, the story goes both to the mole's childhood and his formative years growing up, to the current times in US and his actions and snitching of his Vietnamese brothers.
This is a very dark comedy. The structure of the story so often reminded me Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night (which I absolutely love). The themes are much overlapping. The difference here being the events and story here is pretty detailed. In fact, that could be the only complaint I have with this book. Some of the events were explained in a manner which can be excessive, although not in a manner that would take you away from the main story. But the end gets so bleak, and then later you realise it is just a very dark joke. It brings in one of the best parts of 1984.
It took me more than a month to read it in full, partly because I was keeping busy, partly because it was taking me too long to read so I did not feel like reading (I know, a vicious circle). But man, was it worth it. Highly recommended if you have the time and energy to be invested.
As for the book itself, it's very entertaining. It is filled with dark humour, and the author takes satire to a different level.
I loved how the protagonist is portrayed with all the imperfections that he has, and his gradual unraveling as the plot progress.
However, the climax was easily predictable and kind of fell short, in my opinion.
Don't go in expecting Saving Private Ryan, that's not how this is written.