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Stay Alive, My Son (Touchstone Books) [Paperback]

Pin Yathay , John Man
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15 Oct 1988 Touchstone Books
The author, a Cambodian refugee recounts how he escaped from the Khmer Rouge."
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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (15 Oct 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671663941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671663940
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic, amazing, left me speachless... 21 Nov 2001
This is a story about the survival of a man in one of the most derifying regimes in history. This tells of Pin Yathay's struggle against the ruthless Khmer Rouge. It explains how he lost his whole family to illness, execution, starvation, exhaustion and mere disappearance. It is amazing to realise that other countries are out under so much terror by a brainwashed minority. This book is an easy read, however is very difficult to come to terms with the scale of things. The year before Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge came to power, Cambodia had a population of almost 8 million; after five years in power, the population had been reduced to just over five and a half million people. I would recommend this to anybody interested in hitory, or who wants something to read. I will guarantee this will be very hard to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most moving book I have ever read 18 Mar 2011
By Ruth W
Words cannot describe the impact this book had on me. I have never been so moved by something I have read. It brings to life the unimaginable suffering inflicted by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in an honest compelling and easy to read style. It's hard to read, because it shows how easily evil can spread. But it is also an extremely inspiring book because it shows the remarkable endurance of the human spirit and the love between families which the khmer rouge couldn't destroy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must read 23 Oct 2010
By trand
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I remember watching the telly and seeing Khmer soldiers marching, it is such a shame that the World stood by and let this happen, I also spent 6mths in Cambodia,doing charity work and visited most of the places in this book,and it was quite haunting and disturbing to actually walk the routes, and places detailed in this book when reading this book,( my first time in Cambodia,) you can actually feel the pain and fear of this man but no-one can ever truely experiance what he actually went through,of all the books I have read about human endurance this is the most compelling, and gripping I will be keeping tabs on this copy as my last one somehow got lost being passed from hand to hand, this is most definatly a must read ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 14 Dec 2009
By S. Else
I bought this book whilst travelling in Cambodia and thought it was the most amazing survival story I had ever read! Truly brave and moving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful account of life under the Khmer Rouge 13 Sep 2008
This is the most amazing story of human endurance on the part of the author, and of human depravity on the part of the Khmer Rouge. How countless members of KR could have been brainwashed into thinking they were acting in the best interests of their country while their educated compatriots were reduced to starved corpses.
The cities were emptied, millions relocated and forced to work 'for the good of Ankar', growing rice and clearing new land. Food was more and more rationed, while the KR grew fat on the proceeds - communism gone mad.
The author and his family became weaker and weaker, many of them gaining release only by death. Their only hope was escape over the mountains to Thailand. Only the author made it, 18 members of his family lost.
Of a population of over 7 million, 30% lost their lives.
This is a story of struggle and determination.
It deserves to be read.
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