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
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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.
Authors: Ung, Loung
Title: First they killed my father
a daughter of Cambodia remembers
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2006.
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial ed.
Characteristics: 238, 16 p. :,ill., map, ports. ;,21 cm.
Notes: "P.S. insights, interviews & more--"--Cover.
Previously published: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2000.
Contents: Phnom Penh
The Ung family
Seven-day walk
Krang Truop
Waiting station
Ro Leap
Labor camps
New Year's
Ma's little monkey
Leaving home
Child soldiers
Gold for chicken
The last gathering
The walls crumble
The Youn invasion
The first foster family
Flying bullets
Khmer Rouge attack
The execution
Back to Bat Deng
From Cambodia to Vietnam
Lam Sing Refugee Camp.
Local Note: 15 53 67 71 79 80 81 210 211 216 244 263
ISBN: 0060856262
Statement of Responsibility: Loung Ung
Subject Headings: Ung, Loung Childhood and youth. Ung, Loung. Political atrocities Cambodia. Cambodia Politics and government 1975-1979.
Topical Term: Political atrocities
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"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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