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While you wait for 'The Sympathizer' by Viet Thanh Nguyen

 

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Whether you're waiting for your hold or you just read (and loved) Nguyen's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, these are five books we think you might like to read now.

 

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The Sympathizer

The Sympathizer
Nguyen, Viet Thanh

Follows a Viet Cong agent as he spies on a South Vietnamese army general and his compatriots as they start a new life in 1975 Los Angeles.


Format: Book
Holds: 123 on 62 copies

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Novel Without A Name

Novel Without A Name
Dương, Thu Hương

"A novel of life in wartime North Vietnam from dissident …Duong, whose experience as a Communist Youth Brigade leader gives this story special resonance. … One of those timely novels that assault the status quo with quiet but deadly revelations of the hitherto unknown. Beautifully elegiac." (Kirkus).


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 3 copies

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The Headmaster's Wager: A Novel

The Headmaster's Wager: A Novel
Lam, Vincent

“…a tour de force that reaches from the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong to the American withdrawal from Vietnam in 1975. Lam's straightforward prose draws readers into wartime Saigon, where everyone is on the take and choosing the wrong allies can prove deadly. Readers will appreciate this Vietnamese view of the conflict.” (Library Journal)


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 3 copies

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Tree of Smoke

Tree of Smoke
Johnson, Denis

“This major Vietnam novel depicts the era's distinctive psychedelic brutality, the ineptitude of the U.S. military effort, and the otherworldly theater of the "intelligence" operations surrounding the politics of the war. …Ugly and fascinating, with many shattering scenes…” (Library Journal)


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 3 copies

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The Quiet American

The Quiet American
Greene, Graham

"In the case of The Quiet American ethical ambivalence is built into the very foundation of the novel. Greene was compulsively drawn to some of the messiest conflicts his century had seen, wars that people continued to fight long after the reasons to fight them had grown obscure. His characters radiate the ethical uncertainty and confusion that comes from living a war-without-end.” (Zadie Smith, The Guardian)


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 16 copies

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Catch-22

Catch-22
Heller, Joseph

“Heller penetrates the surface of the merely funny to expose a world of ruthless self-advancement, gruesome cruelty, and flagrant disregard for human life—a world, in short, very much like our own … He is concerned entirely with that thin boundary of the surreal, the borderline between hilarity and horror… Heller often manages to heighten the macabre obscenity of total war much more effectively through its gruesome comic aspects than if he had written realistic descriptions. …an explosive, bitter, subversive, brilliant book.” (The New Republic)"


Format: Book
Holds: 8 on 29 copies

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