Reviews

Financial Times Reviews The Sympathizer

Lawrence Osborne reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer. Originally published by The Financial Times. The literature of the Vietnam war is curious in its incompleteness.…(read more)

The Straits Times Reviews The Sympathizer

Lee Xin En reviews The Sympathizer for The Straits Times. American-born Vietnamese writer (correction: Vietnamese-born, Vietnamese-American writer) Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel on the…(read more)

In The Mix: The Sympathizer

Robert Speer reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel, The Sympathizer, for Chico News & Review. There have been many superb books set against the backdrop…(read more)

John Powers’ List Of What He Wishes He Had Reviewed In 2015

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer is featured at the top of Fresh Air critic John Power’s list of media he wishes he had…(read more)

Politician’s Funeral Pyre

Viet Nguyen’s debut novel The Sympathizer is reviewed by Cecilia Quirk of the Melbourne Review of Books. The Vietnam War, it will be no…(read more)

The Saturday Paper Reviews The Sympathizer

CG praises Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel, The Sympathizer, in their review for The Saturday Paper. “The best kind of truth,” observes the narrator of…(read more)

Sydney Morning Herald’s Pick of the Week: The Sympathizer

Cameron Woodhead of the Sydney Morning Herald reviews The Sympathizer. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s​ The Sympathizer is a brilliant tragicomedy on the Vietnam War and its aftermath.…(read more)

Spying with Sympathy and Love

Pat C. Hoy II reviews Viet Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer for The Sewanee Review literary magazine. This review appeared in volume 123, Fall 2015. I have…(read more)

The Globe and Mail Reviews The Sympathizer

Jade Colbert reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer along with other debut novels for The Globe and Mail. The adage goes, “History is written…(read more)

NY Times Review: ‘The Sympathizer,’ a Novel About a Soldier, Spy and Film Consultant

The New York Times first reviewed The Sympathizer in April, when it came out. Now the NYT reviews the book again–a surprise, given that…(read more)

Nancy Pearl’s Not Kidding: This Is A Must-Read

Nancy Pearl and Marcie Sillman discuss The Sympathizer on KUOW’s The Record. Listen to the podcast here or read the transcript below. Special, important,…(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s ‘The Sympathizer’: Compelling, Original Take on Vietnam War

Dan DeLuca of the Philadelphia Inquirer reviews The Sympathizer. From Michael Herr’s Dispatches to Denis Johnson’s Tree of Smoke, from Oliver Stone’s Platoon to…(read more)

Historical Novel Society Reviews The Sympathizer

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel, The Sympathizer, is reviewed by Viviane Crystal of the Historical Novel Society. 1968: Saigon falls to the enemy, and…(read more)

The Stranger’s Voice

Karl Ashoka Britto reviews The Sympathizer for Public Books. The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s riveting debut novel, is a chronicle of war wrapped in a…(read more)

The Vietnam War, Split in Two

Harvey Blume reviews The Sympathizer for The Arts Fuse. In this powerful novel about divisions, ideological and psychological, Vietnamese-American writer Viet Thanh Nguyen shakes up…(read more)

The Rumpus Reviews The Sympathizer

Amina Gautier reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer for The Rumpus. Replete with ambushes, betrayals, double agents, espionage, freedom fighters, refugees, and taboo…(read more)