First They Killed My Father

First They Killed My Father

A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

Paperback - 2006
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From a childhood survivor of the brutal Pol Pot regime comes an unforgettable narrative of tragedy and spiritual triumph.
Published: New York :, Harper Perennial ,, 2006.
Edition: First Harper Perennial edition
Copyright Date: ©2000.
ISBN: 9780060856267
Branch Call Number: 959.6042 UNG
Characteristics: 238, 16 pages :,illustrations, map ;,21 cm


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Jun 17, 2019

Ung’s writing skills are impressive, guiding readers through her entire family — all nine of them — and giving each person a quality to separate him or her from the rest. I rarely confused their names and grew to hope for each one individually. The horrible imagery (and there is a lot) is brief enough to get the point across, but meaningful in a way that honestly depicts the Cambodian Genocide.

Jan 15, 2019

Why can’t I pick this book up at George Ashe library

Dec 23, 2018

I never read the book, but watched the Netflix movie instead. The movie was really bad. Angelina Jolie I am sure has good intentions but she did a really poor job - she made it boring. READ THE BOOK!

May 01, 2018

In this gripping memoir, author Luong Ung recalls her family’s tumultuous escape from Phnom Penh in 1975. The reader is held captive as her tale chronicles how her family of nine bounced from village to village, hiding their education and affluent background in an effort to evade the Khmer Rouge army. Over the months that follow, Luong’s family is split, her father and mother disappearing while her remaining siblings are divided into labor camps, trained to be child soldiers. The memoir is unique in that it reads from a child’s perspective, and many scenes feel as though the reader is watching events unfold from knee height, ratcheting up the tension and adding a further dimension of hopelessness. While Luong’s story is only a small snapshot of what was a horrifying period in history, it is no less meaningful.

Mar 28, 2018

Really powerful book. I've read books by Elie Wiesel, the Palawan massacre, the Bataan Death March, Mao's labor camps, and other horrific events. This one was the most challenging to read. The title of the book does not do it justice. The Khmer Rouge did so many horrific things to Luong and her family long before they killed her father.

My only criticism is throughout the book the author drifted into her imagination quite a bit. At times it was hard to follow if she was really seeing something or if it was just in her thoughts.

Olga_Ku Jan 29, 2018

Great book! I think every middle and high school student should read this book. It showed how quickly values had changed for a little girl who lost her perfect life in beautiful family house in matter of several days .

Oct 02, 2017

Luong Ung tells of the suffering of her family with such vivid emotions. I cried throughout listening to the audio version. It is hard to believe how she survived years of starvation and hard work as a child. Looking forward to her movie produced by Angela Jolie. A must read because it will help understand the plights of refugees.

Feb 02, 2011

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


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