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The Committed

Nguyen, Viet Thanh, 1971- Book - 2021 Fiction / Nguyen, Viet , Fiction / Nguyen, Viet, Adult Book / Fiction / General / Nguyen, Viet Thanh 4 On Shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 4.7 out of 5

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"The astonishing sequel to The Sympathizer, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, The Committed follows the "man of two minds" as he comes to Paris as a refugee. There he and his blood brother Bon try to escape their pasts and prepare for their futures by turning their hands to capitalism in one of its purest forms: drug dealing. No longer in physical danger, but still inwardly tortured by his reeducation at the hands of his former best friend, and struggling to assimilate into a dominant culture, the Sympathizer is both charmed and disturbed by Paris. As he falls in with a group of left-wing intellectuals and politicians who frequent dinner parties given by his French Vietnamese "aunt," he finds not just stimulation for his mind but also customers for his merchandise-but the new life he is making has dangers he has not foreseen. Both literary thriller and brilliant novel of ideas, The Committed is a blistering portrayal of commitment and betrayal that will cement Viet Thanh Nguyen's position in the firmament of American letters"-- Provided by publisher.

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Another master work submitted by CarolSeidl on June 20, 2023, 10:28am I was blown away by The Sympathizer. Some passages were extremely harsh but overall, I was thoroughly impressed with Nguyen’s skill as a storyteller, wordsmith, and historical web spinner.

As a consequence, I had doubts that The Committed would be as good. Perhaps it wasn’t quite as good as The Sympathizer. After all, I already knew Nguyen’s voice so it was no longer fresh. But, I found The Committed to be another excellently crafted historical novel.

This time, Nguyen explores the injurious impact of French colonialism on the Vietnamese psyche as well as racist attitudes towards immigrants trying to integrate into French society. This is the backdrop for another fast-paced, hardcore thriller.

As an author, Nguyen does it all—beautifully expressive writing, excellent story, authentic voice, and impeccable research into the setting and time period.

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PUBLISHED
New York, NY : Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, 2021.
Year Published: 2021
Description: 345 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9780802157065
0802157068

SUBJECTS
Boat people -- Fiction.
Refugees -- Vietnam -- Fiction.
Drug traffic -- Fiction.
Racism -- France -- Fiction.
Intellectuals -- Fiction.
Paris (France) -- Fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Psychological fiction.