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Surviving the Killing Fields: Cambodian Odyssey Paperback – 10 Feb 1989
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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) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.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.
An important part of reading this book is to keep in mind that the trials for the crimes committed during Pol Pot's regime are still on-going and that reality of the ordeals suffered are still alive in the minds of Cambodians.
The book itself is written from the point of view of a truly amazing man. Dr Haing Ngor never tries to make himself out to be the hero or an idol; he is simply a survivor telling his story. Why and how he survived is a testament to the doctor's mind and his spirit, which although battered and bruised was never truly broken.
The story flows at a good pace and it was hard to put down at times, just as it was hard at times to read due to the brutal nature of the subject matter. There are moments which will push even the most hardened readers to the edge of tears and it really makes you wonder how humans can commit such atrocities.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough for both its content and its writing style and as other reviewers have mentioned; this is a book that will stay with you long after the last page has been turned.
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