The Sympathizer

A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)

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Publisher Description

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)

Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize, a startling debut novel from a powerful new voice featuring one of the most remarkable narrators of recent fiction: a conflicted subversive and idealist working as a double agent in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.

The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as seven other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, 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 arranges to come 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 espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2015
April 2
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
384
Pages
PUBLISHER
Grove Atlantic
SELLER
Perseus Books, LLC
SIZE
2.5
MB

Customer Reviews

Gail E Knight ,

An intimate perspective on a war we should never have entered!

Has you thinking. Good book. Will have to read again!

meggdogg ,

Boo

Parts of this book were good and I like the writing style, but overall it was a slough. It felt disjointed and depressing. I’m sure it was supposed to, but it wasn’t fun to read and the only thing I learned is that everything is corrupt and awful.

Notyergbf ,

Revelatory and enlightening

As a child of a veteran who fought in Vietnam, who died many years later of his mental wounds inflicted by the fighting of that war, I read this novel with a great deal of sympathy towards almost all of the characters. This book is the kind of novel that’s best read by students of history, because it encourages the reader to recognize that history is not a set of facts, but the perspective from which you understand those facts. I will be recommending this book to almost anyone who wishes to try to begin to comprehend a war that we are just beginning to contend with as a nation, and to anyone who wishes to understand the greater horrors of war collectively.

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