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Heart wrenching. I literally bawled for parts of it and could not put it down. Jan 03, Katie rated it really liked it. This book broke my heart. Delving deep into the Cambodian genocide, it tells the story of a girl who watches revolutionaries tear her family apart. Born a member of the royal family, and raised with a number of privileges, she and her family are forced from their homes in the Capitol and relocated as workers in the rice patties. Along the way, she loses many relatives to violence, disease and hunger.

Her ability to adapt and her determination to survive are tested daily. May 11, Nicki rated it liked it. Historical fiction is often one of my favorite genres as I love to learn about periods in time that I know little detail about. This book is set during the horrific time of the Khmer Rouge Cambodia. Real it seems to be close to a memoir and incredibly, terribly heartbreaking. Didn't love it, not exactly sure why, but I would recommend it - despite its sadness.

Be warned. Jun 29, Sharlita Green rated it liked it.

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The story starts off a bit scattered and slow, but what the narrator has to tell is engaging. Her privileged family is ripped apart by war in Cambodia, but somehow love and kindness endures. I enjoyed the story, but the writing is so-so. It improves towards the end though! Mar 08, A. It was hard to get started with this book, but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. It was hard to think it was based on a real experience that happened during my life time. But I'm happy with how it ended and felt that it expanded my world view.

Feb 03, Megan rated it liked it. Fascinating, interesting, sad. Jan 23, Brenda Shannon rated it it was amazing. This book is truly a work of art. The incongruence of the trials of the characters and the language of the story is jarring, yet beautiful. Be sure to read the author's endnote. Oct 26, Everett Egginton rated it it was amazing. Outstanding, albeit quite depressing.

A vivid reminder of the omnipresence of cruelty around the world. Aug 30, Amy Odonnell rated it it was amazing.


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I loved this book. Hard to believe that this went on while I was in high school and I was completely unaware. Makes me sad. Feb 05, Sally Nimick rated it really liked it. A small glimpse into the horrors suffered by Cambodian citizens under the Khmer Rouge, a subject about which I inexcusably knew very little. Jan 14, David Andrews rated it really liked it.

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A vivid picture of the history of Khmer Rouge genocide of the Cambodian people told through the eyes of a child. Apr 22, Lauri rated it really liked it. Cambodia seems to be a popular location for books right now as this is the third one I've come across in the last few months. This one would make a great book club selection.

Nov 07, Dianeparente62gmail. Nov 04, Michelle rated it really liked it. What a perspective from one who survived. Jun 30, Susan rated it it was amazing.

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Beautifully written - a feast for the senses. Tragic and depressing - a tale fact-based of a girl's survival. Nov 27, Mary rated it really liked it. I wasn't loving this book, and chose to put it down.

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Then, I read some reviews that convinced me to give it another chance. I am really glad I did. Sep 29, June rated it really liked it. I was rather young when all of this happened. Jan 31, Janice Schulman rated it really liked it Shelves: all-time-favorites. Loved this book. So much loss and always the belief that life and love go on.

Jan 28, Rob rated it it was amazing. Searing account of living under totalitarian regime. While fictional on the surface, it does reflect the author's experience. Hard to read but harder to put down.

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Peter rated it liked it Jun 09, Adrienne rated it it was ok Jun 10, K rated it really liked it Oct 13, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Raghbir Dhillon. Raghbir Dhillon. Books by Raghbir Dhillon. This is because since ancient times, Indian seers were acutely aware of the transitory nature of things around us. Everything dies — every plant, every animal, even moments die, the present becomes the past in an instant.

余天 - 榕樹下 / Under the Banyan Tree (by Yu Tien)

In an ever changing world, we seek constancy, permanence. The Banyan tree is therefore worthy of veneration; it is evergreen and shady, hence an eternal refuge for all creatures unable to bear the vagaries of life. Thus, it emerges that in Indian thought, there are two types of sacredness — one that is associated with impermanent material reality and the other which is associated with permanent spiritual reality. The Banana and the Coconut fit into the previous category; the Banyan fits into the latter.

Banana is the symbol of the flesh, constantly dying and renewing itself. Banyan is the soul — never dying, never renewing itself.

Banana is the botanical equivalent of the householder while Banyan is the botanical equivalent of the hermit. Banyan tree represents not the material aspiration of a people; it represents the spiritual aspiration of a people. The Banyan tree is said to be immortal: it is Akshaya, that which survives Pralaya, the destruction of the whole world.