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
From a childhood survivor of the brutal Pol Pot regime comes an unforgettable narrative of tragedy and spiritual triumph.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial , 2006.
Edition: First Harper Perennial edition
ISBN: 1417732229
Characteristics: 238, 16 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, one map, portraits ;,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.

May 21, 2013

"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

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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