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The Disappeared by Kim Echlin
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Mar 09, 10

Read in March, 2010

A young Canadian girl falls in love with a Cambodian student who is effectively exiled by war. When he is able to, he returns to Cambodia and they lose touch. She eventually goes to Cambodia to find him.The story is told so evocatively in the first and second person - I was instantly drawn into their story. While this is not intended as a historical treatise on the Kmehr Rouge, there are many brutal descriptions of things as seen through the eyes of the young couple. If you were looking for more of a documentary, this is not it. It is a story of love and loss and survival. It was extremely powerful for me to read looking through their eyes and feeling how they were affected. It's not a cheerful story, but beautifully written. Unforgettable.

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