Reviews

The New Inquiry: Spy vs. History

The New Inquiry‘s Grayson Clary reviews The Sympathizer. “Indochina” is a poor toponym, violent in its imprecision, but Indochina is the specialized name for…(read more)

Book Reporter Reviews The Sympathizer

Miriam Tuliao reviews The Sympathizer for Book Reporter. “I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces. Perhaps, not surprisingly,…(read more)

A North Vietnamese Spy Finds More Than He Bargained For

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel The Sympathizer is reviewed by Nicholas Mancusi of The Daily Beast. A war novel, written any time after our…(read more)

A Crime of Dispassion: ‘The Sympathizer’

Henri Lipton of ZYZZYVA literary journal reviews The Sympathizer. In schools throughout the country, American children and teenagers tend to learn about the Vietman…(read more)

Toronto Star: Review of The Sympathizer

James Grainger of the Toronto Star reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel, The Sympathizer. The unnamed narrator of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s astounding debut novel, The Sympathizer, will…(read more)

Vietnam War’s Double-Agent Tale Offers Valuable New Perspective

John Kendle from Winnipeg Free Press reviews The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel. The Vietnam War has been a recurrent subject and theme…(read more)

Barnes and Noble Calls Sympathizer “Spectacular”

David Burr Gerrard reviews The Sympathizer on Barnes and Noble Review. From time to time, there will be a surge of public arguments over whether…(read more)

The Moderate Voice Reviews The Sympathizer

Shaun Mullen of The Moderate Voice reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel, The Sympathizer. The analogy is imperfect, but will suffice: The Sympathizer, the remarkable…(read more)

Shifting Loyalties, Guilt And Betrayal Inform Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Dazzling Debut Novel About Vietnam, ‘The Sympathizer’

Tricia Springstubb reviews The Sympathizer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Welcome a unique new voice to the literary chorus. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel…(read more)

San Francisco Chronicle Reviews The Sympathizer

Thomas Chatterton Williams reviews Viet Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer for SF Gate. The unnamed narrator (he is simply “the captain) in “The Sympathizer,” Viet…(read more)

Booklist Gives The Sympathizer Starred Review

Booklist Online‘s Bryce Christensen gave Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel a starred review. Adept in the merciless art of interrogation, the nameless spy who…(read more)

‘The Sympathizer:’ A Double Life in Vietnam and in America

The Seattle Times‘ David Takami reviews The Sympathizer.  Protagonists in the novels of Saul Bellow, like Albert Corde in “The Dean’s December,” are known…(read more)

Dumpling Magazine: The Sympathizer, An Ambivalent Look at the Vietnam War

Veronica An of Dumpling Magazine reviews The Sympathizer. “Sympathizer” is a noun describing someone who offers sympathy or moral support. Yet, the main character…(read more)

“Dark and Exciting Debut”: Wall Street Journal on the Sympathizer

The Wall Street Journal calls Viet’s novel a “dark and exciting debut.” The Departed A scene from the evacuation of Saigon in 1975. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES…(read more)

The VVA Veteran Reviews The Sympathizer

David Wilson praises Viet Thanh Nguyen’s new novel The Sympathizer. Originally published in The VVA Veteran, a publication of the Vietnam Veterans of America.…(read more)

South China Morning Post: The Sympathizer – Spy Tale a Microcosm of Vietnam War

Kit Gillett reviews The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel. Originally published by South China Morning Post. As the North Vietnamese forces rapidly approach…(read more)