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After They Killed Our Father: A Refugee from the Killing Fields Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind [Kindle Edition]

Loung Ung
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In 1980, at the age of ten, Loung Ung escaped a devastated Cambodia and flew to the US as a refugee.



She and her eldest brother, with whom she escaped, left behind their three surviving siblings, and her book is alternately heart-wrenching and heart-warming, as it follows the parallel lives of Loung and her closest sister, Chou, during the 15 years it took for them to be reunited.



Their two worlds were very different, and Loung's depiction of the contrast between her life in the affluent West and that of her sister, who navigated her way through landmine-strewn fields and survived raids by the Khmer Rouge, is laced with the guilt she feels about being the lucky one.



This powerful story helps us to understand what happens when a family is torn apart by politics, adversity and war. It is also the compelling and inspirational tale of a remarkable woman.


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"I encourage everyone to read this deeply moving and very important book" (Angelina Jolie)

"What could easily be a tale of despair and defeat becomes, through simple and poweful prose, a celebration of courage and humanity" (The Times)

"A rich narrative that explores the ravages of war and strength of family bonds . . . far too relevant to our own time" (Amnesty International)

"Heart-rending and eloquent . . . A moving reminder of human resiliency and the power of family bonds" (Newsweek)

"Change the names of the characters, give them another country of origin, and this story of dislocation becomes a tragedy millions of immigrants have lived through but seldom talk about" (Washington Post)

Book Description

The second memoir by the author of the international bestseller First They Killed our Father

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 837 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Digital (2 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009PMBZN0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,684 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must read 21 Aug. 2010
Format:Paperback
This is one of those books that at times are painful to read, and you can't help but appreciate the fact that we live in the UK. I read "first they killed my father" then this sequel, it is an uplifting story that you will remember for the rest of your life, a must read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Part 2 of this amazing autobiography - you must read First They Killed Our Father to get the proper context.
The Cambodians are lovely people with astonishing resilience. This shows in first person terms what happens when evil is allowed to take hold. Some people in the West knew what was happening and yet we nothing to stop it. Such people should hang their heads in shame. Both books are books of hope shining out of complete desolation.
Next time a spoiled young brat gets to you just suggest they should read these books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware 23 Nov. 2013
By phil
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brilliant book but beware also buying Lucky Child by the same author thinking they are sequential. They are the same book published under different titles
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Moving Book 7 Sept. 2013
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A book that everyone should read no matter if you think it is fact or fiction. I believe it is fact. But perhaps thats because on my age.
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A follow up to Loung Ung's first book First They Killed My Father. This book is a well written account of life after the Khmer Rouge lost power. It follows Loung's life in America and what she learnt about life in Cambodia from her family - primarily her sister. I would recommend both books as pre reading should you visit Cambodia to be able to get a sense of what this country has been through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER SPLENDID OPUS BY THIS AUTHOR. 23 Aug. 2014
By Trent
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This author is brilliant and this follow-on Book "After they killed our father," maintains the same fascination, force and motive that reveals what it takes to overcome evil, abject poverty, tyranny and the terrible loss of family members. In the end, personal love, determination, and courage prevail as true history is revealed. PLEASE, A NECESSARY READ.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving 29 April 2014
By Maudy
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This book and the previous one gives some insight about what went on in Cambodia. I found it very honest and moving.
We have all benefited by Loung Ung writing this book I believe the world should be aware of what happened to the lovely peaceful people of this small country and hope that the evil that was Khmer Rouge never ever happens again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing but well worth the read 19 Nov. 2014
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A harrowing read that brings the reality of the war to life. Whilst being painful to read it is also amazing to hear of the fight and determination for survival that Luong and others demonstrated. They are the real heros of this atrocity as they seek to rebuild a country that could have been completely destroyed.
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