Reviews

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)

Briefly Noted: The Sympathizer

The Sympathizer is reviewed in The New Yorker‘s ‘Briefly Noted’ section. This comic picaresque set in nineteen-seventies California is narrated by a Vietcong mole…(read more)

‘The Sympathizer’ Is A Masterful Debut

Sarah Bagby from KMUW, Wichita’s NPR Station, reviews The Sympathizer. Listen to the review here or read the transcript below. The Sympathizer by Viet…(read more)

Moral Quandaries in Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer

Bob Douglas of Critics At Large reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel, The Sympathizer. “This fantasy of Americans as rescuers has re-emerged in Rory Kennedy’s…(read more)

The Masters Review: The Sympathizer

The Masters Review‘s Alisha Gorder reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel, The Sympathizer. With The Sympathizer, available now from Grove Press, debut author Viet…(read more)

Protagonist, Antagonist, Sympathizer, Spy

Megan Galbraith of Consequence Magazine reviews The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. I’m not going to lie; The Sympathizer is a challenging read. It is also…(read more)

Bookforum Reviews The Sympathizer

Lisa Locascio of Bookforum reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel The Sympathizer. From the grand ’Nam narratives of ’70s cinema to the works of…(read more)

8Books Review of The Sympathizer

Lily Wong of 8asians reviews The Sympathizer. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s expertly and cunningly crafted debut novel The Sympathizer dictates a confession in the years after…(read more)

Two Sides of the Vietnam War and its Personal Costs

Arnold R. Isaacs reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer alongside Michael Putzel’s The Price They Paid for Cicero Magazine. Wars end, but for those…(read more)

Dallas News Fiction Review: ‘The Sympathizer’ by Viet Thanh Nguyen

May-Lee Chai of Dallas News reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s accomplished and confident first novel explores the conflicted world…(read more)