The Sympathizer

The Sympathizer


Viet Thanh Nguyen

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Referred to as Reverend R-r-r-ramon, he is the leader of the Everlasting Church of Prophets in Los Angeles. The narrator gets him to agree to sponsor and employ Bon after “minimal persuasion and a modest cash donation.” The reverend is described as a “rotund” man whose church is a “humble storefront” sitting next to an auto body shop and a vacant lot inhabited by heroin addicts. Bon works for Reverend Ramon as a janitor and is paid in non-taxable income so that the church can serve “Mammon and God.”
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Reverend Ramon Character Timeline in The Sympathizer

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Chapter 4
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...churches, looking for a sponsor for Bon. Finally, the leader of Everlasting Church of Prophets, Reverend Ramon , agrees to be Bon’s sponsor, after the narrator gives him a modest cash donation.... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...Bon as a clerk in his liquor store, though Bon continues to work part-time for Reverend Ramon . Meanwhile, the narrator has his first date with Sofia at a tiki bar in... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...the narrator have brought little with them. They gave the keys to their apartment to Reverend Ramon and told him to sell everything. Claude and the admiral in charge of the base... (full context)