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Eastwind Book Club: The Sympathizer

March 26, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

Eastwind Book Club is a community of readers connected by Asian and Asian American literature. Members gather once a month through a virtual meeting to discuss the month’s book selection. March’s book club pick is The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. This month’s selection is part of a two-part series featuring works by Viet Thanh Nguyen.
The book club meeting will take place via Zoom on Friday, March 26 at 7pm PST. Register to receive the meeting link.
Book Club members can use coupon code EWBOOKCLUB21 for a 10% discount.
Copies of The Sympathizer are available for order at www.asiabookcenter.com. Choose to ship your orders to your home or select in-store pick up at Eastwind Books of Berkeley, 2066 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704.
Join our Book Club Facebook group to engage in conversation throughout the month: www.tinyurl.com/ewclub
Special Series Part 2 will feature The Committed, sequel to The Sympathizer and Viet Thanh Nguyen’s newest release. Save the date for April, 2021.
This event is co-sponsored by DVAN – Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network, UNAVSA – the Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations) OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates Bay Area Chapters, and AsAmNews (www.asamnews.com).
About the book:
The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as seven other awards, The Sympathizer is one of the most acclaimed books of the twenty-first century. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Vladimir Nabokov, 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 comes 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 spy novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.
About the author:
Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. He is the author of The Committed, which continues the story of The Sympathizer, awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, alongside seven other prizes. He is also the author of the short story collection The Refugees; the nonfiction book Nothing Ever Dies, a finalist for the National Book Award; and is the editor of an anthology of refugee writing, The Displaced. He is the Aerol Arnold Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations. He lives in Los Angeles.
Praise for The Sympathizer:
“A layered immigrant tale told in the wry, confessional voice of a ‘man of two minds’—and two countries, Vietnam and the United States.”—Pulitzer Prize Citation
“[A] remarkable debut novel . . . [Nguyen] brings a distinctive perspective to the war and its aftermath. His book fills a void in the literature, giving voice to the previously voiceless . . . The nameless protagonist-narrator, a memorable character despite his anonymity, is an Americanized Vietnamese with a divided heart and mind. Nguyen’s skill in portraying this sort of ambivalent personality compares favorably with masters like Conrad, Greene, and le Carré. . . . Both thriller and social satire. . . . In its final chapters, The Sympathizer becomes an absurdist tour de force that might have been written by a Kafka or Genet.”—Philip Caputo, New York Times Book Review (cover review)
Eastwind Book Club is co-sponsored by OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates Bay Area Chapters, Asian Pacific American Student Development (APASD) and AsAmNews


March 26, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
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