The Sympathizer is a compelling and gripping spy novel by Viet Than Nguyen. Set in Saigon during the Vietnam war, The Sympathizer is the story of a captain who must choose between betraying his country and committing treason. A thrilling read that will make you think about politics, loyalty, love, and patriotism. This book is a powerful story of betrayal, revolution, and love. A political thriller that makes you think long and hard about what it is to be a man.
The Sympathizer is a political thriller from Viet Thanh Nguyen, one of our most dazzling and compelling new voices. Vietnam isn’t just a setting — the point around which this story revolves, where we meet our narrator, Captain Nguyen. A man raised by an absent French father and a poor Vietnamese mother in the 1960s and ’70s, Nguyen fought for his country’s Communist cause before returning to the U.S., where he was trained as an undercover agent by his old CIA handler. Then he found himself caught up in political intrigue while working with a rising star in South Vietnamese politics, who happened to be President Ngo Dinh Diem’s daughter-in-law.
At once a searing political novel and an intimate love story, The Sympathizer tells the tale of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s hero as he returns to his homeland. Set at the end of Vietnam’s war, The Sympathizer is the first draft of history during the final days of America’s intervention in Vietnam. On both sides of the conflict, the American spy and the Vietnamese rebel each fear betrayal from those closest to them—and those fears become a reality when they meet in Saigon.
About The Sympathizer Book
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.