Please join us for a discussion of The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, led by Allyson Coan.
It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong. The Sympathizer is the story of this captain: a man brought up by an absent French father and a poor Vietnamese mother, a man who went to university in America, but returned to Vietnam to fight for the Communist cause. A gripping spy novel, an astute exploration of extreme politics, and a moving love story, The Sympathizer explores a life between two worlds and examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today.
-Summary courtesy of Goodreads.
The discussion will be held:
Thursday, August 15th, 2-4 p.m.
RSVP to Allyson Coan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
As always, discussion of the book includes a nuts-and-bolts session devoted to sharing practical solutions to the problems and concerns of book discussion leaders. Nicole Steeves will lead the discussion on our next leadership topic: How do you prepare for book discussions? Please bring a list of resources you utilize and be prepared to share your best practices so that we can all learn from each other.
Also, remember that you can always bring any problems or concerns you have with your group, no matter the topic, so we can all help each other.
Links to Peruse Prior to the Discussion:
Gates Notes: https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books/The-Sympathizer
Viet Thanh Nguyen: Anger in the Asian American Novel: https://aaww.org/viet-thanh-nguyen-anger-asian-american-novel/
Unshelved: Orientalism and Sexualization in The Sympathizer https://georgetownvoice.com/2018/10/03/unshelved-orientalism-and-sexualization-in-the-sympathizer/
Link to a conglomeration of videos pertaining to the author and/or the book specifically: https://vietnguyen.info/media
NoveList Book Discussion Guide: Keyword UI “443701”