Thursday, August 13, 2015
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The unnamed narrator is being sent to America with the top brass for the other side in order to keep an eye on them in their new land. He is resigned to his task, but there are a number of things about it that he does not anticipate. The first is the tremendous fall from glory that they will all go through. The general does have plans to reorganize his supporters and resume the fight with the communists, but in reality he is struggling to make a living and lacks both the time and the resources to mount a fight in the country he abandoned. The other is that America changes all the players. The third is that the narrator is a sympathetic man, making the title of the book a double entendre. The book is well written and thought provoking, and well worth a read.