First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (Daughter of Cambodia #1)
From a childhood survivor of Cambodia's brutal Pol Pot regime comes an
unforgettable narrative of war crimes and desperate actions, the unnerving
strength of a small girl and her family, and their triumph of spirit.
Until the age of five, Lounge Ung lived in Phnom Penh, one of seven children
of a high-ranking government official. She was a precocious child who loved
the open c
While I am usually a sucker for auto/biographical works for the...more
On Monday I finished reading First They Killed My Father which is the autobiographical story of a young girl's experiences during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. I've read a lot of books like this and I usually find them uplifting but this book just made me sad. In Rwanda, you see people's incredible resilience and determination to overcome the prejudices of the past. When I read the story of the boy solider, A Long Way Gone, I was heartened by the knowledge that he had escaped that life and...more
Great book. This is the first book I've read by Loung Ung and so far I'm not a big fan of her writing style (it seems predictable and borrowed). But.. the book is excellent, mostly because it is a five-year-old's perspective on living and dying during Pol Pot's cleansing project in Cambodia. It's an interesting perspective because it is based on a mix of innocence, confusion, blind trust, fear, an innate need for self-preservation and the amazing ability that children have to sense and und...more
This book not only gives insight into Loung’s personal...more
Under Pol Pot, people were forced to leave their homes in the cities and move into the countryside where the...more
I'm glad t...more
The flow of the narrative, as well as the paucity of factual evidence, makes it difficult to put down. The book is a great jumping-off point for those looking to take their first...more
This book is a chilling, deeply touching, eye-opening and educational narrative of an American Cambodian woman who was a child during the Khmer Rouge (Pol Pot Regime).
In response to this book (one of the first recollections of the regime from a s...more
Loung Ung's story is same in the manner of it describing many haunts and hatred and surviving skills that people who have never lived in an area which has not been in conflict can not even imagine. yet, it is di...more
This is the most painful and powerful book I have ever read and it permanently changed my views towards government power. 1984 was horrifying but it can't compare to the sorrow, fear and anger you will feel when reading about real people rather than fictional characters.
My fear of large governments with limitless powers started in high school while I was reading this first person account from a little girl named Loung Ung who survived...more
Well-written and engaging. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in these types of stories.
At the beginning of each chapter she gives the reader a date. April 1975. I couldn’t help but think what I was doing at that ti...more
To give you some idea of context - I was born in 1976. The year I was born Loung Ung was five years old and living in Phenom Penh, Cambodia. Her life was relatively good (although nothing like mine here in the States). Her prize possession was a red dress. She had six siblings, and a father and mother who loved her.
Then the Civil War taking place in Cambodia stepped in and became personal for Loung and her family (and millions of other Cambodi...more
What is so gripping and terrifying about this memoir is that not just the grim story, but that Ung is a beautiful wri...more
It would have been a better book for me if I didn't screw it up by reading wh...more