First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (Daughter of Cambodia #1)
Until the age of five, Loung Ung lived in Phnom Penh, one of seven children of a high-ranking government official. She was a precocious child who loved the open city markets, fried crickets, chicken fights and being cheeky to her parents.
When Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army stormed into Phnom Penh in April ...more
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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
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
I felt a little lo ...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
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
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