"Reflections of a Khmer Soul" is not what it appears to be at first glance. The author, Navy Phim, is a Cambodian who was born in the midst of war, an"Reflections of a Khmer Soul" is not what it appears to be at first glance. The author, Navy Phim, is a Cambodian who was born in the midst of war, and to this day can feel her heritage cursing through her veins.
When I read the title, I assumed this was going to be a book about being raised in a war torn country. While books like that do indeed move me, and I completely value their importance as literature, I was still quite pleasantly suprised when I realized that this isn't what this book is all about. The book is a collection of snippets; memories, cultural lessons and explanations, thoughts and ideas. The author doesn't remember a whole lot about her life in Cambodian refugee camps. At a fairly young age, she was moved to the US, and the majority of her life has been spent here. Yet she has always remained true to her history and her motherland, chosing not to change her Khmer name and to return to Cambodia at every given opportunity.
Some parts of the book were more interesting (to me) than others, but all in all, I would say I enjoyed reading it. I learned a lot, both about the Killing Fields, and about Cambodia itself, and I smiled at several of the author's trips down memory lane. The snippets are written with passion and heart, and that's what makes them so wonderful. Never once do you doubt your narrator's sincerity, and because you can immediately trust her, your interest holds through to the last page.
I'm an animal nut. I have two dogs of my own, who I adore, and who more times than not, I organize my life around...so any book with a picture of a doI'm an animal nut. I have two dogs of my own, who I adore, and who more times than not, I organize my life around...so any book with a picture of a dog on the cover has my interest instantly. That said, "Cormac" was an okay read, but didn't come close to measuring up to the hopes I had for it.
The story is about a man and his dog. Sonny Brewer is in the midst of releasing his first novel, and touring the country to publicize it. One night, while he's thousands of miles from home, he gets a phone call from his close friend (and dog sitter) which puts into play any dog owner's worst nightmare. Cormac is missing. During a thundershower that lasted a matter of mere minutes, Cormac took off.
Brewer spends the next three weeks searching for his dog, never giving up home that the two will be reunited. Without giving anything away, Cormac had been picked up by a Golden Retriever rescue program and processed into their system. While Cormac was not at home with his family, rest assured he was at least being taken very good care of.
I read a review written by another reader on amazon.com. I seriously don't think this woman read the same book I did. Its hard for me to properly discuss my disagreements with her review, without pretty much spoiling the entire story for those of you who might want to read it. Basically, in her review she states that she works for a Golden Retriever rescue, and was insulted by this book and how they referred to others like her as over zealous. She then went on to accuse the author of neglecting his dog, and pretty much not ever caring about him to begin with. Now, while this isn't the most interesting or entertaining book I've ever read, one thing is made crystal clear through the author's words: the man adores his dog. How she can even call that notion into question is beyond me...like I said, I don't think she read the same book I did.
The end of the story, where we learn all the facts, and all the pieces behind Cormac's disappearance start to fit together, horrified me. I began questioning the humanity in the world...its sad.
If you're a dog lover, read this book...when you're done, read the review on amazon and send that reviewer your thoughts..
When I first heard about this book, I was immediately intrigued. Being a woman myself, how can I bypass a book which is subtitled "One Woman's SearchWhen I first heard about this book, I was immediately intrigued. Being a woman myself, how can I bypass a book which is subtitled "One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia?" I will admit, I was somewhat hesitant to read it, as I had read several reviews which weren't overly favorable, and which detailed the author's focus on her faith and spirituality.
That said, overall, I adored this book. I read it sort of slowly, as it was one of those books I wanted to take my time digesting, rather than plow right through. While I did (and I'll admit it) skim a lot of the parts which took place in India, (mainly devoted to spirituality and the search for answers through faith) the rest of the book spoke to me in very profound ways. In parts of the book, I felt like it was my own thoughts and words that I was reading on the page. You can't really identify with a book any more than I did with "Eat, Pray, Love.
The author, Elizabeth Gilbert, realizes one day that she is hopelessly and utterly unhappy with her life. She is married, owns a house, has a job...and none of these coveted things bring her any sense of joy. Knowing that something needs to change, she files for divorce and plans a trip which will forever change her life. Gilbert spends a year abroad, four months each in Italy, India and Indonesia, seeking love, faith and balance. The book is divided into three sections; one devoted to each country she stays in, and each very different from the one previous to it.
If you've ever questioned life, wondered if you were where you really wanted to be, this is the book for you. It's funny, its sad, its profound...its wonderful, and I'd recommend it highly to anyone.