First They Killed My Father

A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

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Publisher Description

Repackaged in a new tie-in edition to coincide with the Netflix film produced and directed by Angelina Jolie, a moving story of war crimes and desperate actions, the unnerving strength of a small girl and her triumphant spirit as she survived the Cambodian genocide under Pol Pot’s brutal regime.

Until the age of five, Loung Ung lived in Phnom Penh, one of seven children of a high-ranking government official. She was a precocious child who loved the open city markets, fried crickets, chicken fights, and sassing her parents. While her beautiful mother worried that Loung was a troublemaker—that she stomped around like a thirsty cow—her beloved father knew Loung was a clever girl.

When Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge army stormed into Phnom Penh in April 1975, Ung’s family fled their home and moved from village to village to hide their identity, their education, their former life of privilege. Eventually, the family dispersed in order to survive. Loung trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, while other siblings were sent to labor camps. As the Vietnamese penetrated Cambodia, destroying the Khmer Rouge, Loung and her surviving siblings were slowly reunited.

Bolstered by the shocking bravery of one brother, the courage and sacrifices of the rest of her family—and sustained by her sister’s gentle kindness amid brutality—Loung forged on to create for herself a courageous new life. Harrowing yet hopeful, insightful and compelling, this story is truly unforgettable.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2010
October 12
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
288
Pages
PUBLISHER
HarperCollins e-books
SELLER
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
SIZE
5.8
MB

Customer Reviews

Roblox name:mickygirl5 ,

Very sad

It’s very sad and also I’m Cambodian I saw the trailer and there was so much stuff it so sad :( but what makes me happy is I’m Cambodian :..)

MJRsSeneca2 ,

A tale of extraordinary courage

Wow -a dramatic very well written tour de force with clarity of descriptions that vividly convey the experience of chronic deprivation the pangs of starvation fear anxiety and suffering. How this orphaned little child survived is as astonishing as her courage and will. Its a very sad emotive story and despite eventual immigration to the US it is clear the trauma to her soul of what she saw and endured will never fully heal. This in one of the most impactful books i have ever read and i offer humble thanks to Ms. Loung Ung for sharing her story with me and the world. We must all continue the never ending fight against evil corrupt incompetent uncaring governments because as long as there are evil and terribly misguided men as there continue to be, this type of disaster can certainly recur.

Jessiep813 ,

Wow

This book grabbed me in the first page. I finished it in a week which is fast for me. I am dying to watch the movie on Netflix now that I am done

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