Second Saturday Book Group The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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Date(s) - 03/11/2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm


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Join us as we honor the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes by reading several of their fiction winners from earlier years, as well as the 2016 winner. Both members and friends of 1st UUPB are welcome to these discussions. Come for one or for all.


“The Sympathizer” was published exactly 40 years after the fall of Saigon to Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces and the effective end of the 10-year old conflict. The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as five other awards, The Sympathizer was the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.