The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen: Book Review

“As Hegel said, tragedy was not the conflict between right and wrong but right and right, a dilemma none of us who wanted participate in history could escape.” The Sympathizer boldly promises to redefine the way you think about the Vietnam War. A lot of that simply comes down to its narrator, a Communist spy … More The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen: Book Review

Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.” At the risk of overstating things, All the Light We Cannot See is far and away the most sumptuous, beautiful, and heartfelt book I’ve read in a great while. This is a book to get swept away in. Werner Pfennig is … More Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

Book Review: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz

“I did all I could and it still wasn’t enough.” “You really want to know what being an X-Man feels like? Just be a smart bookish boy of color in a contemporary U.S. ghetto. Mamma mia! Like having bat wings or a pair of tentacles growing out of your chest.” Meet Oscar de León. Once … More Book Review: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz