Survival in the Killing Fields Paperback – 13 Nov 2003
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Profound, personal, and proud . . . one of the more important autobiographies of our time. (Los Angeles Times)
Ngor shows the awful price he paid to play his role so brilliantly. His well-crafted book makes an unimaginable horror come to life. (Washington Post Book World)
A superb book . . . perhaps the best . . . so far . . . on what it is like . . . to live under the still inexplicable horrors of the Khmer Rouge. (Sunday Times)
The best book on Cambodia ever published. (Chicago Tribune)
A terrible and thrilling story. (Publishers Weekly)
Best known for his academy award-winning role as Dith Pran in "The Killing Fields", for Haing Ngor his greatest performance was not in Hollywood but in war-torn Cambodia. Here, in his memoir of life under the Khmer Rouge, is a searing account of a country's descent into hell.See all Product description
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I can safely say that this is one of the most incredible books I have read, shocking and heart wrenching on every page. I found myself crying at parts, and absolutely exhausted reading it at times.
it is not an easy read, on 3 occasions he warns the reader of horrific acts described, and gives the reader the opportunity to skip those pages and bypass the horrors he sees and suffers. How he endures, the strength of the man is both over-whelming and beyond apprehension.
As a story, it is written very well, the human aspect of which he writes during this brutal regime, astounds the reader.
It is just one story of one man during one of the 20th century's most brutal dictatorship, but such sn important one.
Please honour this man in your own way by reading this book. His tragic story demands to be known.
The main text focuses on the author's personal experiences. Which at times can be very disturbing - which is to be expected. Nicely written and very engaging, with lots of personal detail. Nearer the end, the books focuses a bit more on historical context and provides a reasonable overview. Also quite nice that the author doesn't present himself as a 'hero' and the self-deprecated writing is quite refreshing.
If you're looking for a history book for lots of detail, maybe not the best read, but as an introductory text is very gripping.
Keep your tissue beside you while reading this book, you're going to need it.