The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen audiobook

The Sympathizer: A Novel

By Viet Thanh Nguyen
Read by François Chau

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Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 2016 A profound, startling, and beautifully crafted debut novel, The Sympathizer is the story of a man of two minds, someone whose political beliefs clash with his individual loyalties. 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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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

Winner of the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize

An Oprah’s Book Club Selection

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel

A Wall Street Journal Best Books of the Year selection

A New York Times Book Review Book of the Year

A Washington Post Best Book of 2016

A Crime Reads Pick of Crime Novels Exploring the Vietnam War Aftermath

A Literary Hub Pick of the 20 Best Novels of the Decade

Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 2016

A profound, startling, and beautifully crafted debut novel, The Sympathizer is the story of a man of two minds, someone whose political beliefs clash with his individual loyalties.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A layered immigrant tale told in the wry, confessional voice of a ‘man of two minds’—and two countries, Vietnam and the United States.” Pulitzer Prize Citation
“[Nguyen] brings a distinctive perspective to the war and its aftermath. His book fills a void in the literature, giving voice to the previously voiceless…Both thriller and social satire…[and] an absurdist tour de force.” New York Times Book Review (cover review)
“Extraordinary…Surely a new classic of war fiction.” Washington Post
“Intelligent, relentlessly paced, and savagely funny …The voice of the double-agent narrator, caustic yet disarmingly honest, etches itself on the memory.” Wall Street Journal
“[A] nuanced and complex perspective on what was happening in Vietnam and the US during those turbulent decades.” Crime Reads

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Author

Author Bio: Viet Thanh Nguyen

Author Bio: Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. He is the author of The Sympathizer, which was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Edgar Award for First Novel, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the California Book Award for First Fiction. He is also the author of the nonfiction books Nothing Ever Dies and Race and Resistance. He teaches English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 13.90
Audience: Adult
Language: English