The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

"The Sympathizer" is a gripping spy novel set during the Vietnam War. The protagonist is a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who is a communist double agent. After the Fall of Saigon, he moves to America with other South Vietnamese refugees and struggles to reconcile his dual loyalties as he continues to spy on his fellow countrymen in exile. The novel explores themes of identity, war, and politics, while providing a unique perspective on the Vietnam War and its aftermath.

The 1355th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 786

Since this book was first published in 2015, there is a penalty of 65.6%. The age adjusted score is 270.38.

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