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When Broken Glass Floats by Chanrithy Him
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Jul 23, 09

Read in December, 2008

This is the true life horror story of growing up under the regime of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. I traveled to Cambodia last year and came across this book while traveling there and it really put into perspective what the people there have overcome. In the 1970s a dictator-like regime took over and killed over one million of their own people. The goal of this political party was to take the Cambodians back to an agrarian society without modern technology, education, etc. To achieve this goal they arrested, tortured and murdered doctors, teachers, anyone with education, anyone connected to the former government, people of different ethnicities and religious backgrounds. The amazing thing is there are all these people living in Cambodia now who have grown up through this and yet they are thriving and working to live in harmony and put this all behind them.

This book is written by a woman who grew up in Cambodia during this regime. She writes of her personal experience and that of her educated parents and nine brothers and sisters. Her parents have made successful lives for themselves up until the Khmer Rouge takes over and forces them into a new life of forced labor and poverty. She really captures the details of their life, the emotion of her experience and how she and her family fight to survive against all the odds. The story quickly draws you in and moves you.
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