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Gecko Tails: A Journey Through Cambodia
Carol Livingstone tells, with keen political insight and a novelist's instict for storytelling, the tale of the Cambodian elctions and the following party, with it's unexpected end. She has written a fascinating account, both tragic andfunny, of a beautiful country.
Published August 4th 1997 by Trafalgar Square Publishing
(first published May 1st 1997)
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An incredibly insightful and compelling tale of one foreign correspondent's sojourn in Cambodia during the mid 1990's. Although the information is almost 20 years out of date, it's still a great read because the author was stationed there during a critical point during the country's history -- during the UN's occupation of the country when they were preparing this post-Pol Pot society for democratic elections while attempting to stabilize the security situation. As I'm currently traveling in ...more
Wow! When I first started reading this, I wasn't sure what to make of the author's detached attitude and style. When I reached the end, it was that very same attitude toward her writing that made her closing commentary on being a journalist so powerful. Livingston came to Cambodia in the early 1990s in search of something to write about it. But what she discovered was that writing coherently about that time period---of UN involvement, the end of a civil war, the legacy of the Khmer Rouge, and ...more
Interesting but not great book about Cambodia in the early 90's at the time of the UN supervised first election. Give good background of the politics and parties at the time. Also details the activities of the Khmer Rouge. First person report. Worth reading if you are interested in Cambodia