First They Killed My Father

A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

Ung, Loung

(Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
First They Killed My Father
One of seven children of a high-ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh until the age of five. Then, in April 1975, Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army stormed into the city, forcing Ung's family to flee and, eventually, to disperse. Loung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, her siblings were sent to labor camps, and those who survived the horrors would not be reunited until the Khmer Rouge was destroyed. Harrowing yet hopeful, Loung's powerful story is an unforgettable account of a family shaken and shattered, yet miraculously sustained by courage and love in the face of unspeakable brutality.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2006.
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial ed.
ISBN: 0060856262
Characteristics: 238, 16 p. :,ill., map, ports. ;,21 cm.


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Dec 23, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is the true story of the lives of one family, during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, in the years 1975 to 1979. Loung Ung begins by telling us about the life they were leading in Phnom Penh prior to the Khmer Rouge takeover. Then, the Khmer Rouge terror begins. A quarter of the population of Cambodia were killed during the reign of Pol Pot, and Loung Ung shares with us the process of starvation, disease, execution and forced labour imposed upon the population of Cambodia. Her story is wrenching and heartfelt.

"Chronicles the brutality of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, from the author's forced "evacuation" of Phnom Penh in 1975 to her family's subsequent movements from town to town and eventual separation." May 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=635358

Sep 13, 2012
  • eggomaniac rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

promoted as true memories, but is, actually, a highly ficticious account that paints a false picture of Khmer Culture and History.
makes for a good read, once you know it's 80% fantasy.
[her 'saintly' dad went from being a monk who 'swept the path in front to not step on bugs' to working for the Prince's Secret police, known for their Death Squads; then he morphed into a very wealthy Police Major in the Regime that toppled the Royals.

Mar 25, 2012
  • Ridgerunner07 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

gut-wrenching; a definite read!

Feb 02, 2011
  • krazykatt1996 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is an amazing book!! One of my faves!!


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