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The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)

The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)

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The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)

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4.5/5 (100 évaluations)
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492 pages
10 heures
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Apr 2, 2015
ISBN:
9780802191694
Format:
Livre

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Incredible work…

A breakthrough novel and the winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, “The Sympathizer” is an incredibly compelling tale of espionage, identity, and love.

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From Scribd: About the Book

Viet Thanh Nguyen is the author of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction, the winner of the 2016 Edgar Award for Best First Novel, and the winner of the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, The Sympathizer.

The Sympathizer’s story follows a Viet Cong agent who spies on a South Vietnamese army general as they begin a new life in Los Angeles in 1975.

Nguyen writes in a unique way that is vivid and intelligent, with starking frankness that borders on cynicism in just the right way—handling touchy subjects such as the treatment of North Vietnamese of those left behind in the south, amongst other topics surrounding the Vietnam War.

The Sympathizer is an incredibly told story to enjoy for anyone interested in a story following the Vietnam War and Vietnamese refugees’ plight in the United States. The Sympathizer is an excellent novel that ends with an unsettling resonance to the present day with human nature’s resilience.

Éditeur:
Sortie:
Apr 2, 2015
ISBN:
9780802191694
Format:
Livre

À propos de l'auteur

Viet Thanh Nguyen is the author of The Sympathizer, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as the short story collection, The Refugees. He is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.


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  • Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, this breakthrough novel follows a communist double agent between Vietnam and America after the Fall of Saigon. A thrilling espionage plot propels the book's engrossing exploration of identity and love.

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  • (5/5)
    I'm still half way but can't wait to comment. What's fascinating is the metaphor, the dark humor and author's unique but revealing POV towards Vietnamese and American, if not East and West, advanced by the protagonist's special identity - oriental with occidental background. As a Chinese, I really can share the thinking paradigm by Vietnamese and we are no difference at all speaking of conscience system.
  • (5/5)
    Het is literatuur met een hoofdletter L. Naast fantastisch geschreven geeft het een ander beeld van de oorlog in Vietnam. Minder Hollywood, meer de geschiedenis van het volk van Vietnam wat vreselijk geleden heeft door deze oorlog. Her verhaal is soms erg gruwelijk maar het blijft realistisch. Heel verhelderend zijn de interviews met de auteur nadat het boek uit is. Het is echt een aanrader!
  • (4/5)
    This is one of the most disturbing books I have ever read. The American White Guilt is laid on so heavy it is almost suffocating. One of those books that will stay with me for a long time.
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    A amazing book. A amazing book. A amazing book. A
  • (5/5)
    Amazing book - very well written and an overall fascinating read.
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    Remarkable view of the war from Vietnamese perspective. The U.S. blunders on.

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    A compelling read indeed. As an African the post colonial experience and the endless wars that continue to divide us is a constant theme that resonates. The Cold War ideologies that fueled the internal conflict in this book are long forgotten in my part of the world as we invent new "us" and "them". The description of people by their complexion is also interesting that colorism is not just a black phenomenon but universal way that people of other races view themselves. I also learned a few new words.

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    It took me some time to become immersed. Why, I don't know. Because once I was I didn't want the book to end. The narrator - someone who I wanted to dislike at first 'grew' on me and as I read I developed empathy for this character.

    That's because this is more than just a novel - it's a journey. Across the world and an even bigger expanse - the human mind. What I like best about this book was the way in which it dealt with very deep psychological , philosophical, spiritual and even political elements without ever feeling 'heavy'. Instead the narrative which has a perfect 'pace', at times challenged my thinking and at others aligned with it. It's a book you can read simply for the story it tells, or pause to ponder the implications of the human condition that it raises.

    The climax being the best example I think. Whereas a lot of novels would have focused more on the physical journey, the place 'they' reached was fascinating and wonderfully Eastern. Honest, compelling, provoking and enlightening. Pun intended!

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    One of the greatest books I have ever read - beautifully written and fascinating.

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    Flowing... eloquent... honest. One of the best I've read for a long time. Thank you for your ability to grab my soul to bring me to your world.

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