• The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen, is the story of an unnamed Communist spy who, after the fall of Saigon, flees to the United States with the General he has been assigned to spy on.
• The novel opens in Chapter 1 with the narrator, an unnamed spy, writing his confession to the Commandant; he is in an isolation cell and begins his story at the point when he is still in Vietnam spying on the General and living at the General's villa.
• The narrator acts as the General's aide; the General is a successful man who believes in God, the French, and the Americans, whom he thinks have been excellent teachers to the Vietnamese.
• It is April and the northern front has begun to collapse; reports of fallen cities come into the General's office and the narrator takes pictures of them to send to his handler, Man...
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