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The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen • fiction novel • communist regime

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Recommendation 4 / 5

It took me a while to finish this fiction novel, mostly because of its advanced idiomatic language. In addition, novels that cover ideological conflict require super-patience.

Nguyen succeeds in describing Oriental and Occidental stereotypes, the false promises and hypocrisy of both communist and democratic regimes. He also succeeds in capturing the angst and disappointment of refugees and their indomitable will to survive. The sell-out of ideology….