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This book has 3 recommendations
Andrew Liveris (CEO/Dow Chemical Company)
Dow Chemical Company chairman and CEO Liveris will take this time to get away from heavier reading and enjoy some of the most highly acclaimed novels of the past year.
Bill Gates (CEO/Microsoft)Most of the books I’ve read and movies I’ve seen about the Vietnam War focused on the American perspective. Nguyen’s award-winning novel offers much-needed insight into what it was like to be Vietnamese and caught between both sides. Despite how dark it is, The Sympathizer is a gripping story about a double agent and the trouble he gets himself into.
Patricia Reed (Technology Growth Leader & Mentor)I'm currently reading "The Sympathizer", which has won many awards, been a NYT bestseller, AND recommended by Bill Gates. It is unusual as it is written by a Vietnamese American, and I don't remember ever reading anything that talked about a that particular immigrant experience. It is funny, enlightening, and serious all at the same time- a rare accomplishment.
The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as six other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.