Reviews

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)

SF Gate 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)

The Sympathizer Book Review: 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)

12 Modern Classics That Will Stand the Test of Time

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer gets reviewed by Kirkus Reviews and is featured on their list of 12 modern classics that will stand the test of time. A closely…(read more)

JFK and the Diem Assassination: Not Exactly a Profile in Courage

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)

“An Absurdist Tour de Force”: NY Times Reviews Sympathizer

Philip Caputo, whose memoir A Rumor of War is a major account of the Vietnam War, reviews Viet’s novel for the front page of…(read more)

Book review: 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)

‘The Sympathizer’: A cerebral thriller about Vietnam and its aftermath

“A new classic of war fiction” is what Ron Charles, the lead reviewer for the Washington Post, calls Viet’s novel in this March 31st,…(read more)

Forthcoming Vietnam War Novel Asks Us All for a Little Sympathy

Calvin Godfrey of Thanh Nien News reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s book The Sympathizer. For all The Sympathizer’s spies, murders and explosions, it seems an…(read more)

Kirkus Gives The Sympathizer Starred Review

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel The Sympathizer is featured in Kirkus Reviews Feb 1, 2015 issue. A closely written novel of after-the-war Vietnam, when…(read more)

Publishers Weekly: Starred Review for The Sympathizer

This astonishing first novel has at its core a lively, wry first-person narrator called the Captain, and his two school friends Bon and Man,…(read more)

Publishers Weekly On The Sympathizer

“This spring’s most-anticipated debut novels shake up traditional notions: Ben Metcalf takes on language and Southern culture; Viet Thanh Nguyen offers a new account…(read more)

Library Journal Reviews The Sympathizer

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer is featured on Barbara’s Picks for the Library Journal.   After a long, long war, April 1975 saw the…(read more)