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
& this book moved me more than anything else I read this year.
No child should suffer what Loung does and she doesn't flinch from telling things that show her in a less than favourable light - but if she hadn't been an extremely tough five year old, she would never have survived (view spoiler)[in one of the few funny lines in the book, Loung says she doesn't know how her far ...more
I felt a little lo ...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
I'm glad t ...more
What follows is an update that I wrote yesterday after completing half of the book. Apparently my common sense was not working and no alarm bells were ringing that all was not what it seems. That this was not all nonfiction but alas a lot of fiction and even lies! But one day later I know better.
17 feb 2016 (51%)
I'm 51% done with First They Killed My: and I must say it is very well written which i did not expect. The author managed to pull me in and that is what is my desire. To be pulled in. ; ...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
Anyone travelling to Cambodia is most certainly not looking for a party. One goes there to salve that in-born need ...more
This story from a 5-year-old girl's perspective can still make wrench my heart despite me already familiar with most of the situations th ...more
"The first victims are always the children."
This should absolutely be required reading. Everyone should know and understand the consequences of war. I'm not some hippy peace lover (I mean, maybe I am) but there is nothing to hide behind when you stare the realities of human suffering in the face.
There is no voice of hope or redemption. Just a small voice of undisguised truth. Ugly, scared, s ...more
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
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