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InstaReview: The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen

"We wanted love, peace, and justice, except for our enemies, whom we wanted to burn in hell, preferably for eternity."

As always, Viet Thanh Nguyen has created another masterpiece- a book full of absurdity mixed with racial and political commentary, focused on the plight of refugees and the blight of colonialism and imperialism. The book follows The Sympathizer as he arrives in Paris as a refugee from Vietnam, interacts and debates with the political and thought leaders, and launches himself into the world of drug-dealing. We confess that this book is best read immediately following The Sympathizer, as there were references throughout that made us wish we had re-read the first book before starting on this one. However, there are enough context clues and the book stands well-enough on its own that it was still enjoyable. For this book of dark humor and existential musings, we give it 4 stars.


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