A Woman of Angkor
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This first novel by former Washington Post journalist John Burgess is historically accurate and a very imaginative telling of the history of World Heritage Site Angkor.
'Pure and beautiful, she glows like the moon behind clouds.'
The time is the 12th Century, the place Cambodia, birthplace of the lost Angkor civilisation. In a village behind a towering stone temple lives a young woman named Sray, whom neighbors liken to the heroine of a Hindu epic. Hiding a dangerous secret, she is content wi...more
Her husband is parasol maker to the king. Court politics play a large part in the story. Her son becomes the ...more
The historical minutia was good and made the story authentic. Who knew that the ancients in southeast Asia took so many baths? And who would have imagined that the making of parasols was an important craft, and that the King's parasol master was an influential politician?
The tale is told by Sray, the "woman of An ...more
This book adds up your historical info as it explicitly includes all details during the reign of 18th King as many other historical fiction book does.
I trully enjoyed the book being the fan of Angkor itself but somehow I feel there is no strong connection in the character interpretation.
A well-written story which takes one back to the time of Jayavarman and gives one a good feel for what life may have been like at the time...