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The Committed follows the dual agent, half-French Sympathizer as he arrives in Paris in the early 8 ...more
Reading Viet Thank Nguyen’s The Committed brings to mind multi-layered Matryoshka dolls and the iconic scene in Orson Welles 1947 noir, Lady from Shanghai, with Rita Hayworth and Everett Sloane shooting at each other in a hall of ...more
And the truth is: I don't like this book. I was so confused half of the time and exhausted in the other half. I'm not saying what I typed below was lying. It was just an extreme effort to utter out what positive things could be said about this book without spoiling anything since I saw so many people praising it and I'm scared to be offensive to those who have read it. This comes from a Vietnamese btw. It's good to see a Vietnamese auth ...more
Ah, contradiction! The perpetual body odour of humanity!In this electrifying sequel to his Pulitzer-winning spy thriller The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen pursues his unnamed protagonist out of a Vietnamese re-education camp and into Paris, where he confronts the duality of his being anew: whereas he was torn before by his ideological diplopia—his cursed ability to sympathise with both sides of a conflict—he is now tortured by the fact that the "screw" separating his two personalities ...more
I want to start by saying, I've never read Nguyen's first book based on the main character, The Sympathizer. I wasn't sure if I wouldn't be able to catch on to the sequel, but the back story is summed up fairly well in detail, describing the reeducation camp during the Vietnam War. "...ever since the childhood moment when a Viet Cong cadre aimed the accusatory finger of a revolver at the back of his father's head, puncturing the ...more
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Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Committed is spectacular. “Captain” has just immigrated to Paris, France, the birthplace of his father along with his friend, Bon. It’s 1981. What not many people know is that “Captain” is a spy and a communist sympathizer who was recently in a reeducation and then a refugee camp in America. “Captain” is caught between two identities and faces rampant racism in a post-Vietnam War society and he does whatever it takes to survive, including becoming a hash dealer. But under ...more
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Our revolutionary returns in this immediate follow-up to "The Sympathizer"; if you haven’t read that one first, you’ll be able to follow this sequel, but its most significant moments will have less of an impact. Assuming we’re all on the same page, however, the story very much continues right where the first novel left off.
Our narrator now has a name—Vo Danh, “ ...more
‘The Committed’ takes place a few years later, in the early ‘80s, when we follow (the unnamed) “The Sympathizer” and his colleague “Bon” in Paris as they reconnected with family and try to assimilate into the French cu ...more
Let me start by saying that this was my first book by this author. Therefore, while it is a follow-up to the widely known and beloved novel The Sympathizer, I was completely new to the story. While I'm sure that there were some parts that I missed because of this, it wasn't something that would prevent me from understanding the plot or the backstory, which was subtly but thoroughly explained.
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This book follows The Sympathizer, as the protagonist has now moved to Paris to live. His primary connection in Paris is the woman who was his "handler" when he was a communist spy infiltrating the anti-communist Vietnamese group in the United States. His life as a double agent became more complicated, as he was ordered back to Vietnam where he wound up being tortured in a "reeducation camp" by one of his two old ...more
First, while not necessary, I urge you to read Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize winning The Sympathizer, which is the predecessor to #The Committed. When I saw that #The Committed was being released , I honestly didn’t know if it could contain the same intensive drive and emotional power as the first book. Not only does it, in sheer narrative punch it, at times, surpasses it. Telling a chilling tale of the aftermath of ...more