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The sympathizer

Author: Viet Thanh Nguyen
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2015] ©2015
Series: Book discussion kits.
Edition/Format:   Kit   Visual material : English : Book club edition
Summary:
It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking old burgundy and drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the helicopters that will soon abandon the city. A captain is working with the general on this list, a man who makes sure to save himself and a select group of others. When the group arrives in Los Angeles, this captain speedily writes  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Historical fiction
Spy fiction
Spy stories
War stories
Material Type: Kit
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Viet Thanh Nguyen
ISBN: 9780802124944 0802124941 9780802123459 0802123457
OCLC Number: 1024083376
Notes: Includes a reading group guide with questions for discussion in binder.
Awards: Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2016
Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author, Mystery Writers of America, 2016
Target Audience: For use by: Book discussion groups.
Description: 15 books (385 pages ; 24 cm) + 1 binder, in bin (27 x 42 x 28 cm)
Contents: Contains: 15 books @ $16.00 each --
1 discussion guide @ $5.00 --
1 bin @ $10.00.
Series Title: Book discussion kits.
Responsibility: Viet Thanh Nguyen.

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It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking old burgundy and drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the helicopters that will soon abandon the city. A captain is working with the general on this list, a man who makes sure to save himself and a select group of others. When the group arrives in Los Angeles, this captain speedily writes a letter to an aunt in Paris--a woman who he has never met. She will pass the letter, with its coded descriptions of his compatriots and their efforts to continue fighting the war, to its true recipient: the captain's friend Man, a high-up within 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 received his education in life and love in America, but returned to Vietnam to fight for the Communist cause. A man who is a spy and a sympathizer. A man who does not know who he really is. In this stunning and beautifully written novel of betrayal, espionage, and the legacy of the Vietnam War, Viet Thanh Nguyen explores a life between two worlds. Totally unlike the novels or films of the Vietnam War that have preceded it, and with a literary elegance and dark wit, The Sympathizer gives voice to the perspective of a conflicted subversive and idealist, examining a side of the war and its aftermath America has never seen before.

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