Reviews

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)

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)