The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as six other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.
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Whether you are a member of a reading group, or simply reading The Sympathizer for pleasure, this clear and concise guide, written by a specialist in literature, will greatly enhance your reading experience. A comprehensive guide to Viet Thanh Nguyen's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer, this discussion aid includes a wealth of information and resources: useful literary and historical context; an author biography; a plot synopsis; analyses of themes & imagery; character analysis; twenty-two thought-provoking discussion questions; recommended further reading and even a quick quiz. For those in book clubs, this useful companion guide takes the hard work out of preparing for meetings and guarantees productive discussion. For solo readers, it encourages a deeper examination of a multi-layered text.
The origins of this book probably go back to Gordon Allport's seminar in social psychology at Harvard during the late 1940s and to the invitation from Gardner Lindzey, some years later, to contribute a section on "Sympathy and Empathy" to the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (1968). Since those early beginnings, the book has been "in the process of becoming. " During that time I have benefited greatly from the knowledge and assistance of many colleagues, especially the following, who read and commented upon portions of the manuscript: Raymond Gastil, the late Joseph Katz, David McClelland, Jitendra Mohanty, Paul Mussen, Richard Solomon, and Bernard Weiner. To Kenneth Merrill for a close reading of the Hume material and to M. Brewster Smith for a careful reading of and suggestions on Chapters 7 and 8, I am especially indebted. Beverly Joyce withstood constant interruptions to provide much-needed library assistance, and Vivian Wheeler gave generously of her excellent editorial experience and knowledge. A fellowship at the Battelle Research Center in Seattle and an appointment as a visiting scholar at Harvard were of incalculable help, providing opportunity, stimulation, and freedom from teaching responsibilities. To all of the above I am deeply indebted. Just a few words about the organization of this book.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary, analysis and review of the book and not the original book. Viet Thanh Nguyen won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (and six other awards) with this 2016 book, The Sympathizer. It is a harrowing and masterful tale of identity, culture, and the balance between good and evil. Nguyen's book combines both the pace and suspense of a suspense-thriller with a literary prowess reserved for the greats. This FastReads Summary & Analysis offers supplementary material to The Sympathizer to help you distill the key takeaways, review the book's content, and further understand the writing style and overall themes from an editorial perspective. Whether you'd like to deepen your understanding, refresh your memory, or simply decide whether or not this book is for you, FastReads Summary & Analysis is here to help. Absorb everything you need to know in under 20 minutes! What does this FastReads Summary Include? Executive summary of the original book Chapter-by-chapter synopses Key Takeaways from each chapter Editorial Review Original Book Summary Overview The narrator, a 'man with two minds' is a half-French, half-Vietnamese bastard child who feels out of place in both cultures, and fittingly works as a communist double agent during the Vietnam War. His world upends after the Fall of Saigon sends him to live in America with other war refugees, though he continues reporting back to his Communist leaders still in Vietnam. Split between these two worlds, the narrator finds himself confronted with atrocities and forced to combat the darkest, most repressed memories in his own psyche in order to find the healing process for cleaving himself back together. In an style of writing both explosive and deep, author Viet Thanh Ngyen brings the harsh reality of the Vietnam War to an international audience, putting a distinctively Southeast Asian lens on a conflict that is often only understood from the perspective of the Western aggressors. BEFORE YOU BUY: The purpose of this FastReads Summary is to help you decide if it's worth the time, money and effort reading the original book (if you haven't already). FastReads has pulled out the essence-but only to help you ascertain the value of the book for yourself. This analysis is meant as a supplement to, and not a replacement for, The Sympathizer.
The question of whether there can be a distinctively female ethics is one of the most important and controversial debates in gender studies, philosophy and psychology today. Rethinking Feminist Ethics; Care, Trust and Empathy marks a bold intervention in these debates and bridges the ground between women theorists disenchanted with aspects of traditional ethics and traditional theories that insist upon the need for some ethical principles.
The Cambridge Companion to Nathaniel Hawthorne, first published in 2004, offers students and teachers an introduction to Hawthorne's fiction and the lively debates that shape Hawthorne studies. In commissioned essays, twelve eminent scholars of American literature introduce readers to key issues in Hawthorne scholarship and deepen our understanding of Hawthorne's writing. Each of the major novels is treated in a separate chapter, while other essays explore Hawthorne's art in relation to a stimulating array of issues and approaches. The essays reveal how Hawthorne's work explores understandings of gender relations and sexuality, of childhood and selfhood, of politics and ethics, of history and modernity. An Introduction and a selected bibliography will help students and teachers understand how Hawthorne has been a crucial figure for each generation of readers of American literature.
This five-volume collection of the writings of the distinguished surgeon and anatomist John Hunter was published between 1835 and 1837.
THE CONFESSION OF A TRUST MAGNATE Picture the combined navies of the world anchored off our seaboard cities, the combined armies of the world in possession of our inland cities, envoys from each nation congregated at Washington partitioning our country, the entire population being apportioned as slaves to do the bidding of the conquerors. Would you be interested? An equally appalling situation confronts the people of this country to-day. Read of it in the following pages. "In this magnificent country of ours there is a growing unrest. Workers complain of hardships in terms of employment and housing accommodations, poverty is attendant upon many, and the cost of living has become oppressive to a large majority of the inhabitants. Formerly affluent people have been compelled to forego their accustomed luxuries and those previously in comfortable circumstances are now forced to practice the most rigid economy to make ends meet. While these conditions exist, it is noticeable that a comparatively few are amassing fabulous fortunes and becoming absolute dictators of the big business affairs and the government of our country." That was written in 1911. It could have as easily been written today -- 2012. Discover the 100+ year-old Big Business Conspiracy that keeps Most of the American Population ---------- that’s YOU and ME, folks ----------- in Economic Bondage to the Extremely Wealthy (even if you happen to consider yourself to be "Rich", too) as a Result of their Hoarding our National Resources and Manipulating our Monetary System . . . AND WHAT YOU CAN DO (even as a little guy) TO STOP THIS OPPRESSION! In 1911, George Allen Yuille broke ranks with his fellow big business moguls and wrote an exposè about money. No. More than an exposè. It was a bearing of his soul and a sincere apology for usurping the power of his fellow citizens through his belief in his Divine Right to control the destiny of others. The honesty and simplicity by which Mr. Yuille pulls back the curtain to teach us about money and expose the hypocrisy practiced in the manipulation and usurpation of our money is truly unsurpassed. It must have caused quite a stir! The Confession of a Trust Magnate (copyright 1911) is a masterful explanation of how money works by George Allen Yuille, a powerful and wealthy man at the beginning of the 20th century. Hopefully, we (the people of 2014) will heed Mr. Yuille's warnings, learn from our mistakes, embrace his solutions, and create a brighter tomorrow. Read The Confession of a Trust Magnate. Learn what the 1% don’t want you to know about how money works.
Everyone knows what is feels like to be in pain. Scraped knees, toothaches, migraines, giving birth, cancer, heart attacks, and heartaches: pain permeates our entire lives. We also witness other people - loved ones - suffering, and we 'feel with' them. It is easy to assume this is the end of the story: 'pain-is-pain-is-pain', and that is all there is to say. But it is not. In fact, the way in which people respond to what they describe as 'painful' has changed considerably over time. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, for example, people believed that pain served a specific (and positive) function - it was a message from God or Nature; it would perfect the spirit. 'Suffer in this life and you wouldn't suffer in the next one'. Submission to pain was required. Nothing could be more removed from twentieth and twenty-first century understandings, where pain is regarded as an unremitting evil to be 'fought'. Focusing on the English-speaking world, this book tells the story of pain since the eighteenth century, addressing fundamental questions about the experience and nature of suffering over the last three centuries. How have those in pain interpreted their suffering - and how have these interpretations changed over time? How have people learnt to conduct themselves when suffering? How do friends and family react? And what about medical professionals: should they immerse themselves in the suffering person or is the best response a kind of professional detachment? As Joanna Bourke shows in this fascinating investigation, people have come up with many different answers to these questions over time. And a history of pain can tell us a great deal about how we might respond to our own suffering in the present - and, just as importantly, to the suffering of those around us.
Published in the year 1982, The Psychology of Interpersonal Relations is a valuable contribution to the field of Social Psychology.