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First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung
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2/6/08
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 understand the world around them. It's probably one of the most difficult books I have ever read - I had to put it down several times because it was just too painful to read at times. As good as this book is, it is just as emotionally exhausting. I heard about the book while traveling through Vietnam recently, and ended up picking it up just outside of Angkor Thom in Cambodia a few weeks ago. In the book the author talks about some of her good memories from some of the places I visited, in particular Angkor Thom, so that was neat.

3/10/08
Just read this book again...even better the second time around.
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