The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Sympathizer

Viet Thanh Nguyen

384 pages first pub 2015 (editions)

fiction historical literary thriller challenging dark tense slow-paced

Description

The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as seven 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...

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Moods

dark 86%
challenging 67%
tense 53%
reflective 47%
emotional 36%
funny 29%
informative 27%
sad 27%
adventurous 23%
mysterious 16%
hopeful 2%
inspiring 1%

Pace

slow 51%
medium 41%
fast 6%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 54% | Character: 40% | Plot: 5%

Strong character development?

Yes: 61% | It's complicated: 32% | No: 6%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 55% | No: 31% | Yes: 12%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 81% | It's complicated: 9% | No: 7% | N/A: 2%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 78% | It's complicated: 17% | No: 3%

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