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Books I have read. . .October

sympathizerThe Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen PS3614.G97S96

The Sympathizer is part spy thriller, part political satire, telling the story of the fall of South Vietnamese government and the protagonist’s experiences in American exile in Los Angeles, through the eyes of an undercover communist agent. The book explores life between two worlds and revisits the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today. It has been said that it is one of the few books about the Vietnamese war told from a non-American viewpoint.

The Pulitzer committee, who awarded this year’s prize to the Vietnamese American author, praised The Sympathizer as “a layered immigrant tale told in the wry, confessional voice of a ‘man of two minds’ and two countries, Vietnam and the United States.”

Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor PS3565.C57W5wiseblood

Wise Blood follows a young war vet, Hael Motes, sent home after an injury. It becomes apparent that the true injury is to his faith. Having come from a fire-and-brimstone religious family, Hazel rejects Jesus. He starts the “Church without Christ” in a back-water town and meets up with a street-wise kid named Enoch Emery along with a preacher named Asa Hawks and his daughter Sabbath. From there all hell ensues. This is dark humor and low comedy. Not to everyone’s taste. I found her other novel, Everything that Rises Must Converge, similar in it’s southern religioua and racially tense themes.


An Inconvenient Woman by Dominick Dunne

This novel revolves around the affair between a married man who is an highly influential member of Los Angeles high society, and Flo March, a diner waitress and aspiring actress whose life is transformed by the illicit relationship until she finds herself embroiled in a murder plot. Lots of juicy 1990’s detail make this a fun read. Dunne is a good writer who will keep you hooked on the details. As a journalist, Dunne specialized in celebrity high brows interacting with the judicial system, penning many articles for Vanity Fair and covering the O.J. Simspson trial.

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