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

Loung Ung
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1 Mar 2007

In After They Killed Our Father, Loung Ung picks up where the bestselling First They Killed My Father left off, with the author escaping a devastated Cambodia in 1980 at the age of ten and flying 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 could not have been more 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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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (1 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845962370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845962371
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 13.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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

"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)

"Both stories - Loung's told in her own voice and Chou's narrated in the third person - are inherently fascinating and are recounted with a vividness and immediacy that make them even more so. Written with an engaging vigour and directness, [After They Killed Our Father] is an unforgettable portrait of resilience and largeness of spirit" (Los Angeles Times)

About the Author

Loung Ung's debut memoir, First They Killed My Father, was an international bestseller. She is a national spokesperson for the Campaign for a Landmine-Free World and has featured in the New York Times, Washington Post and Sunday Times as well as Glamour and People magazines.

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5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent follow-up 6 Aug 2007
Format:Hardcover
After having read the first book by this author, I was intrigued to find out how her life developed after the trauma of life under the khmer Rouge.
This is a well written book that follows Loungs life in America and udates what is happening with the surviving family members.There is a good insight to the strength of the family and its strong bond created through the way that people of Cambodia/china and even Japan have such a respectful family unit (this bond does not happem here in the Uk, and i doubt that its is ever tis strong except in Asia)
We learn that life in Cambodia is still not easy, with landmines and frequent raids by remaining Khmer Rouge infantry, little, if any access to educatin, no electricity etc.
We also learn of her brother Kims role in the military, and its continuing fight against Phol Pots regime.

Loungs strength of character and her tenacious spirit help her in her will to survive in America through reenage angst and misunderstanding (some of which is very funny)
A great read and highly recommended
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