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Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind (P.S.) Paperback – 11 Apr 2006
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"At once elegiac and clear-eyed, this moving volume is a tribute to the path not taken."--Vogue
"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 the strength of family bonds...powerful and moving."--Amnesty International
"As piercing and poignant as its title."--Richard North Patterson
"Vivid prose...Ung imparts freshness to a fairly familiar immigrant's tale...a moving story of transition, transformation, and reunion."--Kirkus Reviews
"[Ung] captured my heart...Lucky Child is captivating, deep and delightful."--Chicago Tribune
"Ung is a masterful storyteller whose fresh clear prose shimmers with light and sorrow."--Mary Pipher, Ph.D., author of Reviving Ophelia
"Written with an engaging vigor and directness, Lucky Child is an unforgettable portrait of resilience and largeness of spirit."--Los Angeles Times
"Ung's story is a compelling and inspirational one that touches universal chords. Americans would do well to read it."--Washington Post Book World
"Deeply stirring...heart-breaking and not less than brilliant."--Miami Herald
About the Author
Loung Ung was the National Spokesperson for the "Campaign for a Landmine Free World," a program of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for co-founding the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Ung lectures extensively, appears regularly in the media, and has made more than thirty trips back to Cambodia. She is also the author of Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind and LuLu in the Sky.
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This is a first hand experience seen through the eyes of a five year old girl, who was witness to the dreadful things that were perpetrated by this cruel regime. This is a book well worth reading, letting you know what other people have to endure in other countries while we sit on our comfortable homes.
Eventually, as refugees, Luong and her brother reached safety and a new life in the United States, although most of her family had to remain behind - reading this will open anyone's eyes to the plight of people desperate to get away from war and from the loss of everything they once knew and loved.
This is a very emotional, painful book to read, and I am very glad I can only imagine what it must have been like in those times. Luong Ung is a remarkable author, a true survivor from utter horror, and an inspiration
This is a story of war, a story of starvation, a story of suffering, but above all a story of a family! A daughter's story of her family and her love for her father, for her mother and for her siblings.
I thank the author for reminding me how the people we love matter more than anything else.
I highly recommend this book!
At the same time as following Oscar's story, we are invited into the lives of the narrative of his grandparents that runs alongside Oscar's story throughout. The relationships that Oscar forms with those around him are beautiful, the way the reader naturally forms a protective attachment to this little boy is a true testament to the quality of this novel.
This book perfectly captures the emotion of a young boy coping with the inevitable depression at the sudden absence of his father, following the journey of someone simply searching for their place in a complicated adult world.
I cannot recommend this book enough. Give it a read.
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