The Sympathizer Book
Score: 3.5
From 1,413 Ratings

The Sympathizer


  • Author : Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Publisher : Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2015-04-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802191694
  • Total Read : 80
  • File Size : 19,5 Mb

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The Sympathizer Summary:

Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner of the 2016 Edgar Award for Best First Novel Winner of the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction “[A] remarkable debut novel”—Philip Caputo, New York Times Book Review (cover review) The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as seven other awards, The Sympathizer is one of the most acclaimed books of the twenty-first century. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Vladimir Nabokov, 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 comes 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 spy novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.

The Sympathizer Book

The Sympathizer


  • Author : Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Publisher : Corsair
  • Release Date : 2019-06
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 1472154916
  • Total Read : 63
  • File Size : 15,9 Mb

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The Sympathizer Book

The Sympathizer


  • Author : Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2015-08-20
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781472151384
  • Total Read : 73
  • File Size : 17,8 Mb

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The Sympathizer Summary:

*** WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016*** WINNER OF THE EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL 2016 WINNER OF THE CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN FICTION 2016 'A fierce novel written in a refreshingly high style and charged with intelligent rage' Financial Times 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 secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong. The Sympathizer is the story of this captain: a man brought up by an absent French father and a poor Vietnamese mother, a man who went to university in America, but returned to Vietnam to fight for the Communist cause. A gripping spy novel, an astute exploration of extreme politics, and a moving love story, The Sympathizer explores a life between two worlds and examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today. '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' the Guardian 'Beautifully written and meaty' Claire Messud '[A] remarkable debut novel . . . In its final chapters, The Sympathizer becomes an absurdist tour de force that might have been written by a Kafka or Genet' New York Times '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' Oprah's Book Club Suggestions

The Committed Book
Score: 3.5
From 7 Ratings

The Committed


  • Author : Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Publisher : Grove Press
  • Release Date : 2021-03-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 345
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802157089
  • Total Read : 67
  • File Size : 15,7 Mb

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The Committed Summary:

The long-awaited follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Sympathizer, which has sold more than one million copies worldwide, The Committed follows the man of two minds as he arrives in Paris in the early 1980s with his blood brother Bon. The pair try to overcome their pasts and ensure their futures by engaging in capitalism in one of its purest forms: drug dealing. Traumatized by his reeducation at the hands of his former best friend, Man, and struggling to assimilate into French culture, the Sympathizer finds Paris both seductive and disturbing. As he falls in with a group of left-wing intellectuals whom he meets at dinner parties given by his French Vietnamese “aunt,” he finds stimulation for his mind but also customers for his narcotic merchandise. But the new life he is making has perils he has not foreseen, whether the self-torture of addiction, the authoritarianism of a state locked in a colonial mindset, or the seeming paradox of how to reunite his two closest friends whose worldviews put them in absolute opposition. The Sympathizer will need all his wits, resourcefulness, and moral flexibility if he is to prevail. Both highly suspenseful and existential, The Committed is a blistering portrayal of commitment and betrayal that will cement Viet Thanh Nguyen’s position in the firmament of American letters.

Nothing Ever Dies Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Nothing Ever Dies


  • Author : Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-04-05
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 374
  • ISBN 10 : 9780674660342
  • Total Read : 91
  • File Size : 12,8 Mb

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Nothing Ever Dies Summary:

Nothing Ever Dies, Viet Thanh Nguyen writes. All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory. From the author of the bestselling novel The Sympathizer comes a searching exploration of a conflict that lives on in the collective memory of both the Americans and the Vietnamese.

Race and Resistance Book

Race and Resistance


  • Author : Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
  • Release Date : 2002-03-28
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 228
  • ISBN 10 : 9780195146998
  • Total Read : 89
  • File Size : 15,9 Mb

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Race and Resistance Summary:

Viet Nguyen argues that Asian American intellectuals need to examine their own assumptions about race, culture and politics, and makes his case through the example of literature.

The Refugees Book
Score: 4
From 18 Ratings

The Refugees


  • Author : Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Publisher : Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2017-02-07
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802189356
  • Total Read : 68
  • File Size : 13,5 Mb

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The Refugees Summary:

From the author of The Sympathizer, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Refugees is the second piece of fiction from a powerful voice in American letters, praised as “beautiful and heartrending” (Joyce Carol Oates, New Yorker), “terrific” (Chicago Tribune), and “an important and incisive book” (Washington Post) Published in hardcover to astounding acclaim, The Refugees is the remarkable debut collection of short stories by Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Sympathizer. In these powerful stories, written over a period of twenty years and set in both Vietnam and America, Nguyen paints a vivid portrait of the experiences of people leading lives between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. With the same incisiveness as in The Sympathizer, in The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to the hopes and expectations of people making life-changing decisions to leave one country for another, and the rifts in identity, loyalties, romantic relationships, and family that accompany relocation. From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half-sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will, the stories are a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of migration. The second work of fiction by a major new voice in American letters, The Refugees is a beautifully written and sharply observed book about the aspirations of those who leave one country for another, and the relationships and desires for self-fulfillment that define our lives.

The Headmaster s Wager Book
Score: 4
From 25 Ratings

The Headmaster s Wager


  • Author : Vincent Lam
  • Publisher : Doubleday Canada
  • Release Date : 2012-04-24
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307367914
  • Total Read : 90
  • File Size : 8,6 Mb

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The Headmaster s Wager Summary:

From Giller Prize winner, internationally acclaimed, and bestselling author Vincent Lam comes a superbly crafted, highly suspenseful, and deeply affecting novel set against the turmoil of the Vietnam War. Percival Chen is the headmaster of the most respected English school in Saigon. He is also a bon vivant, a compulsive gambler and an incorrigible womanizer. He is well accustomed to bribing a forever-changing list of government officials in order to maintain the elite status of the Chen Academy. He is fiercely proud of his Chinese heritage, and quick to spot the business opportunities rife in a divided country. He devotedly ignores all news of the fighting that swirls around him, choosing instead to read the faces of his opponents at high-stakes mahjong tables. But when his only son gets in trouble with the Vietnamese authorities, Percival faces the limits of his connections and wealth and is forced to send him away. In the loneliness that follows, Percival finds solace in Jacqueline, a beautiful woman of mixed French and Vietnamese heritage, and Laing Jai, a son born to them on the eve of the Tet offensive. Percival's new-found happiness is precarious, and as the complexities of war encroach further and further into his world, he must confront the tragedy of all he has refused to see. Blessed with intriguingly flawed characters moving through a richly drawn historical and physical landscape, The Headmaster's Wager is a riveting story of love, betrayal and sacrifice.