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5.0 out of 5 stars very good, 1 May 2013
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This review is from: When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge (Kindle Edition)
well written and such a great read. it gives you a clear picture about what went on and people delt with it all
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5.0 out of 5 stars When Broken Glass Floats, 16 Sep 2012
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This book is well written but difficult to read because of the true struggles of the Cambodian people illustrated in the telling of Pol Pot's murderous cruel regime. I am glad I hadn't read it before I visited this year as I would have gone around hugging everyone and saying how sorry I was for the way in which the world just let the Khmer Rouge get on with their wicked regime. The Cambodian people are rising above this slowly and with such dignity
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4.0 out of 5 stars A story that must be told, 22 July 2012
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Awesome. This is harrowing in places but unbelievably inspiring.
What happened is completely inconceivable to those who weren't there and even more so as it was in living memory
Told from a child's perspective the horror unfolds in a way which creeps up on you as the totality of the experience
is magnified in the adult mind.
A ' must' read so that we never forget.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insight into Khmer Rouge, 26 Mar 2012
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Read the book while travelling Vietnam and Cambodia and it gave me a very good insight into the troubles and suffering of the Cambodian people. Helped me to have a better understanding of the Genocide Museum and Killing Fields. It was a superb read and showed the importance of family to the Cambodian people and the hard and difficult life they had and still appear to have in the rural areas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beatifully told story of survival in a reign of terror, 11 Jun 2011
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I picked up this book with great reluctance, knowing it to be yet another story of the victims of a war-torn country. In this day and age, there are sadly so many of them. Yet despite my fears, as I began to read, the pages seemed somehow to turn themslves, and I reached the end almost without realising it. Chanrithy Him was nine years old when the Khmer Rouge imposed their style of communist rule on the country of Cambodia. As a child, nothing made sense to her, terrible events overcame her family and her people with no apparent rhyme or reason. In this book she exquisitly captures this childlike view, recounting in a simple and direct manner, events as they happened; she does not distract the reader from the power of her story with an adult anaysis of the political situation nor of the motives of those involved. So we experience her resiliance to almost unendurable suffering, which involved uprooting of the family; the deaths through murder and starvation of members of her family; and her own destitution - suffering hunger, fever and forced labour. Despite this, what we are left with is a poignant story of love, loyalty and endurance. Chanrithy emerges from her ordeal as a vibrant, lively, girl with a strong sense of caring for others and a determinatio to make something good of her life. This is a memorable book about a terrible regime. It should not be missed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heart-rending, but nothing you haven't read before, 2 Jan 2004
A child's view of the devastation caused to Cambodia by Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge.
It's a good introduction to this dark time for anyone who wants an introduction to this period, but ultimately, it's no sadder than any of the other memoirs from survivors of this period.
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