Title:  The Sympathizer

Writer:  Viet Thanh Nguyen

Year of publication:  2015

Review: In this potent novel, a south Vietnamese, half-French, secret police captain flees Saigon for California as the city falls to communist forces, putting an end to the infamous Vietnam war. His personal war, however, is not over. As a man considered a bastard by his own people, and a foreigner by his hosts, the captain holds many secrets, including his ardent communism and devotion to revolutionary ideals. Viet Thanh Nguyen masterfully crafts the tale of this divided man while providing a compelling view of post-Vietnam America. The novel refuses to shy away from the macabre aspects of war and ideology, while a unique brand of black humor permeates its pages. Profound and introspective, Rostra’s choice.

Amazon.com: The Sympathizer (9780802123459): Nguyen, Viet Thanh: Books


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