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The Sympathizer (2015)

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."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"--Amazon.com.… (més)
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A sweeping (but not disorienting) story that shows the nuance and complexity in the already complex history of the Vietnam war. There is plenty of humor, philosophy, and suspense here also. ( )
  albertgoldfain | Apr 15, 2021 |
Told as a first person narrative, it is the story of deep conflicts surrounding the revolution in Vietnam. As an American I often refer to that as the Vietnam war. Gradually I have learned that what we used to see as the struggle between communism and Democracies is more complex. Uprisings by the many against the few are a cyclic phemomena of history. THe involvemnt of each individual is often complex.
I traveled to Vietnam more than 30 years after the U.S. withdrawal and discovered that in many ways Vietnam is more capitalistic and less regulated than the US.
THe book speaks to the challenge of thinking one can understand and fix the problems of another country - not one’s own. ( )
  waldhaus1 | Apr 11, 2021 |
There are some wonderful things about this book. I loved the description of the fall of Saigon, of life in America and the difficulties faced by the new arrivals, the filmmaking episode and the re-education centre. It gave me greater compassion for those boat people who made it somewhere new and safe. I like the humour and the no holds barred contempt of Westerners (although that was nothing new). I suppose it received a Pulitzer because of these elements.

However, I just couldn't care about the main character. For me, t he protagonist here never really managed to live - although there were moments when he almost did. The book was a hard slog because of this, and although I don't regret reading it.

Note: The Kindle edition has some glaring typos - achohol instead of alcohol, and a couple words which made no sense at all .
  KarenBayly | Apr 10, 2021 |
Brilliant writing... This is one of the best novels by a contemporary writer that I have ever read. In fact, if Viet Thanh Nguyen writes another novel, I bet it will be hard to match this one - so masterly it is. But I will definitely read anything he writes. This book almost mesmerized me - excellent, vivid, intelligent writing, with stinging frankness bordering on cynicism of the right kind. A hugely talented writer. (Also, it reminded me somewhat of Aravind Adiga's "The White Tiger", another stunning novel). ( )
1 vota Clara53 | Mar 13, 2021 |
Grabs you by the shirt and never lets go. Really excellent, and surprisingly funny. ( )
1 vota skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
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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.
afegit per thorold | editaThe 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.
 
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.
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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."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"--Amazon.com.

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