The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Sympathizer is the second book I read as part of my grand lifetime goal to read all the books that have won The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction/Novel since the award was created. The Sympathizer won the award in 2016.

The narrator is a Viet Cong double agent who comes to America after the fall of Saigon. Once in America he still reports back to his commanders about the actions of his fellow Vietnamese refugees. It reads somewhat like a very well written spy novel, and while it is fiction, it also reads like a memoir.

The plot is by turns achingly beautiful and terribly harrowing.

I never learned anything about the Vietnam War in school all the way through the college level, so The Sympathizer was very eye opening to me.

It is said that history is written by the victors. From what I can tell Vietnam had neither victors nor losers, only victims.

Until Wednesday,

Wendy

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