First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (Daughter of Cambodia #1)
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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
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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
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
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
I was young and naive and my first reaction was horror that the camera man didn' ...more
Well-written and engaging. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in these types of stories.
It took me a long time to decide to read this book. I knew enough of the Khmer Rouge period of Cambodia to know the atrocities I would find inside it. The importance of reading these types of accounts is to gain an understanding of how people survive under these conditions and to gain some insight into how others can do such terrible things.
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Despite the Animal Farm-esque brutality, it's still heartening how you could see Loung transform from a spoilt and pampered city girl into a strong, albeit still selfish, fighter with a fierce drive for survival. The restrained expressions of emotions didn't hide the love shared between the family members and some of ...more