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Il Lungo Nastro Rosso (Daughter of Cambodia #2)

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Loung ha solo dieci anni quando, al termine di un'estenuante odissea, arriva negli Stati Uniti. Per lei, fuggita dalla criminale follia del regime sanguinario dei Khmer Rossi, libertà è avere uno spazio minuscolo tutto per sé, lenzuola divertenti con buffi topi e strani paperi, e cose buone da mangiare, dopo le radici divorate per placare la fame perenne. Ha mille nuovi si ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published 2010 by Piemme (first published April 1st 2005)
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Jan 20, 2011 Adrian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sequel to "First they Killed my Father", the tale of the Cambodian genocide of its intellectuals at the hands of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. This book picks up where the other left off - Loung Ong escaped to America with her brother and his wife after the fall of the Khmer Rouge, and this tells the story of her trying to find her place in a new country while also dealing with all the trauma from her suffering in Cambodia. It also tells the story of her sister, who stayed behind in Cambodia, be ...more
Marquise Dogan
May 22, 2014 Marquise Dogan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind by Loung Ung is the second continuation book to First They Killed My Father. It is a memoir novel about Loung’s life after she immigrated to Vermont from Cambodia. Since she had left most of her family back in Cambodia because of money reasons, she comes back to rescue and see Chou, her sister. The Ung family goes through many hardships after they move to the United States since it’s a new world to them. Throughout the ...more
I recommend EVERYONE to read this book. Before you do, read "First They Killed My Father". This is a sequel to it.

The author is a survivor of the genocide that occurred in Cambodia. The reality of what happened there and the effects it had on individual lives and the country is unimaginable. What happened to the millions that died, and the millions more that lived, should be something we are all aware of.

Loung shares her story openly and sometimes brutally. What the Cambodians experienced is gu
Jun 21, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tugged at my heartstrings. And gave me a serious crush on the author.

When I was in elementary school, a kid showed up on our playground who couldn't speak a word of English. I remember wanting to talk to him - to ask him where he was from, and to invite him to join our football games. The word got around that he was from Cambodia. I had no idea where that was, and even less of an idea what was going on there. I was completely unaware of what the kid on the playground had been through.
Jan 01, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After traveling to Thailand I read the book, First They Killed My Father. Seeing the poverty and the slow-paced life there, I was interested in the culture and history of these Asian countries. Lucky Child, follows the story of Loung as she moves to the United States with her brother and sister-in-law. Language and culture barriers and nightmares make the adjustment difficult. Loung also shares the story of her sister Chou who stays behind in Cambodia. Another inspiring memoir of resiliance.

Apr 10, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The effects of the Khmer Rouge's genocide on the people of Cambodia is told from two perspectives: Chou, who remained in Cambodia and had to take care of her surviving family members; and Loung, who came to the US and suffered PTSD after having seen the violence inflicted by the Khmer Rouge. Leads me to ask, does anyone really survive a genocide? After desperately trying to fit in in America, Loung has an epiphany thanks to a clueless drunk college student: she comes to realize that she can make ...more
Jun 09, 2009 Shay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book quickly became a favorite for me. I first discovered First They Killed My Father in the school library. The cover attracted me, I picked it up, started to read, and fell in love with the story. Finding Lucky Child, the sequal to the book, was just another piece of literature to treasure. Watching as Loung Ung faces her troubling past while growing up as a seemingly normal girl in America is amazing.
♥ Marlene♥
Finished last night.

It was weird really that the whole book you get to meet the Loung who has moved to America and who is suffering from what happened to her inside but never shows how hunted she is by what happened in the war to others. So you'd think it is a build up to how she manages to heal, how she did it? But no all of a sudden we jump from that scared Loung to a woman who is at peace with her past and meets her family.

Now I do know why it is not revealed because that is for her third boo
Mitzi Moore
Aug 04, 2012 Mitzi Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I met the author at a teacher's conference years ago. My copy of First They Killed My Father is autographed. This sequel had gut-wrenching moments, too, but ultimately has a happy ending. Each chapter alternates between the life of Loung, who came to America as a refugee, and her sister Chou, who stayed behind in Cambodia.
Jun 19, 2014 Ella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loung Ung is als 10-jarige met haar oudste broer meegegaan van Cambodja naar Amerika. De familie heeft vreselijk geleden onder het bewind van de Rode Khmer. De ouders en twee zusjes hebben die periode niet overleefd. Loung probeert zich aan te passen in Amerika maar blijft vreselijke nachtmerries houden over Cambodja. Haar broer en zij denken door er niet over te praten ze het vlugst van de nare herinneringen af komen. Loung merkt als ze de tienerleeftijd voorbij is dat ze door haar verhaal op t ...more
May 09, 2011 Kelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the sequel to "First they killed my father." I strongly recommend both of these books. They are gut wrenching, but true stories of a time period that many people know nothing about.
Vutha Um
Apr 12, 2014 Vutha Um rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucky child is the sequel to First they killed my father, which I would suggest you read first. It's one of my favorite books! The author, Loung Ung has such a vivid memory of her past and she does an amazing job at describing her life as she lived through the Cambodian civil war. She tells it in a way that you can feel her emotions of what she went through. I enjoyed reading her two books because you can only read so much history books to understand the war, but to hear it from someone who has ...more
Mike Steinharter
This is a good book to read if you have already read Ung first book, "First they killed my Father.." I'm not sure it would be as interesting and meaningful if not. Having survived the war in Cambodian, Loung is seperated from her sister when she moved to USA with eldest brother. The book goes back and forth comparing her life in Vermont with her sister's in Cambodia, until they are reunited for the first time, 15 years later. It is interesting and worth a read...but as I said, only after reading ...more
Hannah Mcgreevy
Dec 18, 2013 Hannah Mcgreevy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, Lucky Child, the author Loung Ung writes about her experience leaving Cambodia and starting a new life in America. She also refers back to her sister, Chou, that she had left behind.By examining the difficulties of adapting to American culture, Loung Ung realizes how hard it is to forget her past, and what life would’ve been like in Cambodia.

Loung was the chosen one, the “lucky child” to be taken to America at age 10 with her older brother and his wife. She barely knew english when
This is the sequel book to "First They Killed My Father" and it wasn't as good, sadly. I actually really loved the first book. This was not bad, but it left me pretty bored at times. Make sure that you don't read this book without reading the first one first. It will be helpful as there are many names mentioned throughout that you adjust more easily to remembering from reading the first book. This book also alludes to a lot of mentioned memories from the first book that you can fully grasp in kn ...more
This is the true story of two sisters, separated by an ocean after surviving the horrors of Cambodia's killing fields. Loung was a child soldier who lost her father, mother, and younger sister at that time. Her older brother is able to afford to take just one of his sisters along to become refugees in the U.S. and Loung, as the youngest, is the "lucky child" chosen.

The first half of this book is the most insightful, as each chapter moves back and forth between what Loung was experiencing in Amer
Kathleen Rock
Mar 25, 2013 Kathleen Rock rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lucky Child is about a young girl who moves to America during the Khmer Rouge Genocide. The soldiers killed her father in the first book of the pair. I have to say, this was not the best book. It didn’t really help with my understanding of Cambodia. It just followed the girl’s life in America. Yes, it went through her struggles of race, gender, and all of that stuff. I just didn’t really feel emotionally connected or anything to her. Also, everyone had UNG in their name. It was confusing. But I ...more
May 20, 2013 Gabby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucky Child by Loung Ung was an amazing sequel to First They Killed My Father. I choose to read this book because I was interested in what happened to Loung Ung once she was able to come to America. I wanted to see how she saw a different place compared to home after her own home was destroyed due to the Khmer Rouge. Lounge has difficulty trying to get settled in America. She has many emotional breakdowns like when her sponsors come in to her new home and teach them things they know about to th ...more
Lucky Child by Loung Ung is the sequel to the breathtaking novel "First they killed my father" that was a story about oppression in Cambodia. Lucky child deals more of what happened after Loung's departure to America and the deep connection she shares with her sister that lives Cambodia.

Lucky Child starst off with Loung living with her older brother and his wife in America. She is surrounded by Americans which she refers to as "Pale Strangers." She has to adapt to American live and live on after
Emily Wiersma
Once I started I couldn't put it down. However, I didn't realize there was a another book that came first so I'm going to end up reading them backwards. This was about a young girl's journey, Loung Ungs, too America and her growing up as a refugee in America. She survived the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia thanks in part to her family who put each other first before themselves. She is chosen by her oldest brother to be the one to go to America because she was the youngest and could still be educated.
Pei Pei
Parts of this I liked better than "First They Killed My Father" - I thought the writing, in places, was much better and showed the maturation of the author - but I was frustrated that Ung didn't delve into any of the issues that I was most interested in and just stayed on a surface level back-and-forth narrative that was largely expected. Instead of the rather typical immigrant adjustment story that Ung told, I was fascinated by her unwillingness to write letters to her siblings back in Cambodia ...more
Oct 31, 2015 Merry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Difficult to read for some. Painful post trauma responses to life in Cambodia and as a child soldier told in great detail. A very personal story, but for those willing and able to read, incredible insight into the difficult adjustment of many refugees to a "new and wonderful" life in a new country. A story as much for now as it was of the aftermath of Vietnam and Cambodia. I think should be read together with earlier memoir "First They Killed MY Father", by the same author.
Dec 06, 2015 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible respect for Ung for her honesty; it must have been so difficult to share this experience with her family, let alone the world. I thought this would be a timely read due to my trip to Ung's Cambodia homeland, but what resonated most was the parallels with the current crisis in Syria. Essential reading for anyone who has a view on the refugee crises across the world.
Aug 20, 2011 Christie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
"Lucky Child" was the only book I had to read for summer reading this year. Only hearing a summary of the book, I went into this book like I go into most summer reading books- let's just get this over with.
I was pleasantly surprised by how good the book was. The chapters were short and easy to read, but still extremely interesting. It was amazing what Loung, Chou, and her family had to go through. It was really inspiring to read- it really puts thing in perspective for just an everyday American
Oct 13, 2007 Chelsea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book, along with First They Killed My Father, by loung ung, had a profound impact on me personally. (it is essential to read the other one first.) this two books gave shape and form and more importantly faces and names to a piece of history that i previously only given a cursory glance. these two books have hooked my heart and given me a deep love and interest in cambodia.
her startling honesty and vulnerability is absolutely commendable and her story is critical for all of us to hear.
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Mar 06, 2016 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a must read as I finished luong ung's first book. I just had to follower her to Vermont to see how this scrappy survivor would do in snowy Vermont. As Americans are readying to bring in more traumatized refugees, we should make this book be our required reading.
Feb 28, 2015 Fayette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the follow-up book to First they Killed My Father." It's the story of two Cambodian sisters, separated when one escapes to America. Each chapter flips between the girls to show the disparity in their experiences and later documents their reunion.
Jul 19, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This autobiography picks up where "First They Killed My Father" left off. The family is divided as Loung, her oldest brother, and his wife immigrate to America, while the rest of the family is forced to remain in Cambodia. Loung contrasts her struggles to assimilate into American culture, with her sister's struggles just to survive in Cambodia. This book really brings home the point that even though a war is over, life can still be very difficult-- in a number of ways-- for the people who were a ...more
Mar 27, 2014 Liane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is probably the single best book I have ever ever touching, inspiring and honest. I have so much admiration for Loung Ung, her family and everyone else who suffered during those horrendous times.
Jun 20, 2007 suzy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Americans, those interested in Cambodia and its civil war
Fantastic. I also loved the addition at the end of the book of recommended restaurants. One of my favorite parts was on page 27, when Loung Ung talks about her impression of the Brady Bunch from her perspective of a new immigrant, "As much as I like the show, I sometimes fantasize about beating up the Brady girls. In my mind, I lift their stick figures up in the air, thier golden hair flowing like silk threads over my shoulders as I send them crashing on my knee, snapping them like dry old twigs ...more
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An author, lecturer, and activist, Loung Ung has advocated for equality, human rights, and justice in her native land and worldwide for more than fifteen years. Ung lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband.
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