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0005 | Survival in the Killing Fields – Haing Ngor


REVIEW:
Chilling, engaging, honest and tragic from beginning to end. Haing Ngor’s life couldn’t have been imagined and written as fiction if someone had sat down and tried to make it up. As you read, you keep having to remind yourself that it actually happened.

It’s written simply and, at times, poignantly, a style which lends itself well to a story which needs no embellishment.

I rarely rate books as “superb.” This time I did.

OPENING LINE:
My earliest memory is standing at the back of my parents’ house and gazing at the rice fields.

QUOTES:
America, the country that could build huge jets but couldn’t do something as simple as cook good rice.

CLOSING LINE:
And I will never be forgiven by my memories.

RATING:
terrible > poor > mediocre > okay > good > very good > excellent > superb

FINISHED:
2007 – Jan

3 comments… add one
  • Pete 14 July, 2009, 11:47 pm

    I will definitely be reading this one. I will put it on my wish list.

  • mee 15 July, 2009, 7:51 am

    Rated superb? Got to check it out. Wonder if Pol Pot will be reading this in hell? Ha, ha.

  • Kelly 14 August, 2009, 9:28 pm

    Wow, I have to get this book. I am so intrigued by the killing fields and the Khmer Rouge. Such tragic events and stories about them. These people have lived through so much stuff in their lives it’s amazing that some haven’t committed suicide. thank you for the review, I stumbled upon your site looking for a book about the killing fields.

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