The Sympathizer

The Sympathizer


Viet Thanh Nguyen

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A writer who works as an emcee during a staging of Fantasia at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. He is “a modestly built” and “modestly dressed” bespectacled man whose writing has appeared in literary journals and newspapers. The narrator describes his poetry as “gentle and nostalgic” and “about the textures of everyday life.” The narrator thinks that his most memorable poem is about washing rice. He has also written a few columns for Sonny’s newspaper describing “the vagaries of American life” and the cultural miscommunication between Americans and the Vietnamese community.
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The Poet Character Timeline in The Sympathizer

The timeline below shows where the character The Poet appears in The Sympathizer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 14
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The Poet is the show’s emcee. He introduces Lana to the stage by referring to her as... (full context)