Start reading First They Killed My Father on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
 
 

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers [Kindle Edition]

Loung Ung
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £7.99
Kindle Price: £3.59 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £4.40 (55%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £3.59  
Hardcover --  
Paperback £6.39  
MP3 CD, Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged £16.20  
Audio Download, Unabridged £16.10 or Free with Audible.co.uk 30-day free trial
Kindle Daily Deal
Kindle Daily Deal: At least 60% off
Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price--for that day only. Learn more about the Kindle Daily Deal or sign up for the Kindle Daily Deal Newsletter to receive free e-mail notifications about each day's deal.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Between 20-26 October 2014, spend £10 in a single order on item(s) dispatched from and sold by Amazon.co.uk and receive a £2 promotional code to spend in the Amazon Appstore. Here's how (terms and conditions apply)


Product Description

Review

"So sharp with pain that when I read it, the words plunged into me like a knife" (Jon Swain Sunday Times)

"There can be absolutely no doubt about the innate power of [Ung's] story, the passion with which she tells it or its enduring importance" (Washington Post Book World)

"Ung's memoir should serve as a reminder that some history is best not left just to historians but to those left behind when the terror ends" (Booklist)

Book Description

An unforgettable narrative of war crimes and desperate actions from a childhood survivor of Cambodia's brutal Pol Pot regime

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 493 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Digital; New Ed edition (2 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009PMBZNU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,844 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't not read this 27 Dec 2003
Format:Paperback
As soon as I finished reading this I wanted to start it all over again. Loung Ung is not only an amazing writer but an inspirational person, and to read her story is to know her. The hate that grips her after all that happens to her makes you so angry as the child you meet at the start of the story is forced to disappear. To read this book is to have your heart torn out that this was allowed to happen. You read it and wonder where was the rest of the world when all of this was going. If you ever thought that the problems of the world weren't yours then this book will change your mind, it will make you want to get up and do something. You cannot read this book and not be affected by her story. This is one of the most important books I will ever read in my lifetime.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it, then DO it!! 2 Jun 2003
Format:Paperback
This book is a gut wrenching, heartbreaking tale of a young girl during the horrendous regime of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. I always wanted to read this book since I saw it at school but never got round to it. In November of 2002 I took my son to Cambodia and whilst there we visited some of the places talked about in the book and you can start to feel what it must have been like at the time. Never, ever should this sort of event be allowed to happen again, believe me, you will be close to tears at some points when you read this book, I have now read it three times and the atrocities committed under the banner of the Khmer Rouge are still unfathomable.
A MUST READ book.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never judge a book by it's cover! 28 April 2005
By Claire
Format:Paperback
I travelled through SE Asia with 2 friends who both read this book while we were there. I kept looking at them holding the book with the harrowing title on the front cover and thinking 'why on earth would you read that? We've seen the museums, they were tough enough, why read something with such a traumatic title?' ... Then I read it.
Only about 100 pages and amazingly enthralling. The author is amazing, the editing is excellent as this story could easily have been spread out into 1000 pages. I don't want to enthuse too much about this book as one of the reasons I was so moved by it was that I had no expectations.
I wouldn't go as far as to say it changed my life. However, I think I have thought about the story at least once a month for the last 18 months since I read it. Not many books have affected me in that way.
Was this review helpful to you?
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars everyone should read this book 14 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
After visiting cambodia I was interested in reading more about the lives of those who'd lived through the Pol Pot regime. This book tells a very vivid tale of what life was like through the eyes of a child.
I had to read it in one sitting because it was too compelling to put down. This is a book I think everyone should read, so that we never allow anything like this to happen again. But be prepared to cry!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars reduced to tears 1 July 2004
Format:Paperback
If you have a heart or you don't have a heart , this book will reduce you to tears . Never in my life has any piece of work or any story reached so deep in to my soul . I only have to think of this book , this story , and I start to choke up , my eyes water . Think of the worst thing that has happened in your life , and I can assure you that after reading this book it will not seem so bad !
Loung Ung writes about what she experienced , what her family ,friends , companions , experienced during those dreadful years in Cambodian history in the mid 1970's .How she dealt with the pain and suffering , both physically and mentally , to herself and those around her is told in mind numbing truth , her expression of guilt at ignoring the terrible injuries of those around her at times was proberbly the thing that toached me the most . As a 5 or 6 year old child what else could you do but walk away from someone hideously injured . But in all honesty would you admit to that afterwards , I know I could not but this woman tells everything as it was .
I do not think that for the rest of my I will ever be able to admire someone as much as I admire Loung Ung . Being of a similar age to her I can think back to what I was doing during that time and it makes it all seem so much more real. I wish her well in all the good work she is doing now and say to anyone thinking about purchasing this book to do so . You will not regret it and it may just change your outlook on life
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A moving account through the eyes of a child 23 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I read this book in Cambodia and I don't know if that had anything to do with it, but I couldn't put it down or stop crying. Fantastic, important and very well written. Ung manages to take you back to that terrible time and it is very powerful because of that.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, a book you won't be able to put down 15 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
After a recent visit to Cambodia I wanted to learn more about the history and hardship the country had been through. This moving story told through the eyes of a five year old makes you realise how lucky we are and what atrocities children from developing countries go through!
I would recommend this book to anyone and fantastic read that I just couldn't put down.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving account. 19 April 2005
Format:Paperback
My purchase of this book was influenced by a review in a magazine. The review sprarked a flicker of interest in the history of Cambodia - a topic I am sorry to say I knew little about. First They Killed My Father changed all that.
This book is an informative, yet moving account of one young girl's experiences growing up under the Khmer Rouge - a life very few us can imagine (thankfully). The narrative lets the reader grow up with Loung and allows one to experience the confusion she must have felt about what was happening around here. Quickly you realise how fast Loung had to mature and develop a survival instinct to get through the days of her childhood.
This does not, however, create a depressing book. Indeed, I found First to be an uplifting read - reeducating me on the importance of the family and how far we go to protect one another in that unique relationship bond. I felt Loung's frustration at being 'kept in the dark' about the realities of the war and yet, we all understand what her Pa was protecting her from.
Above all, a fascinating read and one I would heartily recommend.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Painful read and so sad but shows how the human spirit can keep going through great adversity.
Published 17 hours ago by Anne wglin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently written, insightful story but harrowing at the same ...
Excellently written, insightful story but harrowing at the same time. I felt desperate to see a 'happy' ending, and certainly it ended with a spirit of hope for the future. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mrs S.
3.0 out of 5 stars Am I missing something?
Found this a harrowing tale of war and its effects but also found it poorly written and difficult to engage with the main character. Read more
Published 4 days ago by WillerbyMum
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Great read...really. A must read for everyone. A real insight into the world of Cambodia during war. Heart breaking really.
Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it and weep
Harrowing to read but doesn't wallow in the horror - matter of fact recounting from a child's eyes. Extremely thought provoking and impossible to put down.
Published 1 month ago by PP
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read
A good story but lacking in depth in places. The title was rather strange in relation to events, a small point I know. In all though a well written account which I read in a day. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. E. A. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 1 month ago by emily parry
5.0 out of 5 stars superb read
i loved this book - an incredible insight to a horrific event, well written and a great way to spark further interest in this period of history.
Published 1 month ago by Bobby j
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought this book after visiting Cambodia made it all the ...
Bought this book after visiting Cambodia made it all the more real. How could this have happened cried as I was reading it.
Published 1 month ago by LYNNE RHODES
5.0 out of 5 stars A BOOK FOR THE AGES.
One of the most revealing and poignant books in literary history. Brilliantly written. The life and autobiographyof this author is almost unbelievable. Stunning!
Published 2 months ago by Trent
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category