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The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) (edició 2016)

de Viet Thanh Nguyen (Autor)

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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.… (més)
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Títol:The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
Autors:Viet Thanh Nguyen (Autor)
Informació:Grove Press (2016), Edition: Reprint, 384 pages
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This was an interesting read. As I have very little knowledge of the Vietnam War, only because I don't have an overwhelming interest I was pretty shocked on how we pulled out of that war and the close resemblance to how America pulled out of Afghanistan. I wish we really were better at honoring our promises to the people who helped us navigate our way through these wars, its upsetting. Other than that, I felt somewhat loss reading this book. I am not saying I didn't enjoy getting to know the Vietnamese points of view on America and how they are treated and how they were treated when they went back to fight as revolutionaries in Vietnam, I just feel a conflict of my emotions on the whole storyline and what exactly the author wanted to provoke in the reader of this book. ( )
  booklovers2 | Apr 7, 2022 |
Pas réussi à renter dedans, abandonné ( )
  devarebeke | Mar 27, 2022 |
I usually don't read spy novels or war novels, because of the violence they portray. When my book club decided to read The Sympathizer I was less than enthusiastic, but I need not have worried. Despite many horrible scenes and a less than likable narrator/ protagonist I was spellbound by the many layers and depth the story has. By choosing a Eurasian spy as the main character and writing the novel in the first person singular the author was able to describe thoughts and experiences more intimately than most spy/war novels do. This directness made the message of the novel hit home deeply.
Without stereotyping or self victimization the reader experiences the Vietnamese point of view. Yes, our protagonist is angry, has many weaknesses and does reprehensible things, but seeing American culture and society through his eyes is a revelation for most Americans.
The book has evokes many discussions about the war in Vietnam (and American involvement in other countries' internal conflicts, the way Americans view the Vietnamese and other immigrants/ refugees,racial conflicts. It shows that history can be viewed from very different angles and that we should not take our view for granted.
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  Marietje.Halbertsma | Jan 9, 2022 |
Intense epic gripping novel about a Vietnamese spy after the fall of Saigon. ( )
  TMullins | Jan 7, 2022 |
Should have ended before chapter 21. No reason we needed the torture /rape scenes . This pretty much ruined the book and these things have been written before and he could have just referenced those someway. Plus the last chapter was pedantic. Too bad. I enjoyed the writing. ( )
  karolynslowsky | Dec 24, 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.
afegit per Marc-Narcisse | editaLe sympathisant
 

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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.

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