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First They Killed My Father : A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

First They Killed My Father : A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0060931384

Cover of First They Killed My Father : A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers 00 (ISBN 978-0060931384)
ISBN13: 978-0060931384
ISBN10: 0060931388
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Perennial Library
Published: 2000
International: No

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First They Killed My Father : A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0060931384

Loung Ung

ISBN13: 978-0060931384
ISBN10: 0060931388
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Perennial Library

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

''This is a harrowing, compelling story. Evoking a child's voice and viewpoint, Ung has written a book filled with vivid and unforgettable details. I lost a night's sleep to this book because I literally could not put it down, and even when I finally did, I lost another night's sleep just from the sheer, echoing power of it.''

-- Lucy Grealy, author of Autobiography of a Face


From a childhood survivor of Cambodia's brutal Pol Pot regime comes an unforgettable narrative of war crimes and desperate actions, the unnerving strength of a small girl and her family, and their triumph of spirit.

Until the age of five, Lounge Ung lived in Phnom Penh, one of seven children of a high-ranking government official. She was a precocious child who loved the open city markets, fried crickets, chicken fights, and sassing her parents. While her beautiful mother worried that Loung was a troublemaker--that she stomped around like a thirsty cow--her beloved father knew Lounge was a clever girl.

When Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army stormed into Phnom Penh in April 1975, Ung's family fled their home and moved from village to village to hide their identity, their education, their former life of privilege. Eventually, the family dispersed in order to survive.

Because Lounge was resilient and determined, she was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, while other siblings were sent to labor camps. As the Vietnamese penetrated Cambodia, destroying the Khmer Rouge, Loung and her surviving siblings were slowly reunited.

Bolstered by the shocking bravery of one brother, the vision of the others--and sustained by her sister's gentle kindness amid brutality--Loung forged on to create for herself a courageous new life.

Author Bio

Ung, Loung :

Loung Ung is National Spokesperson for the ''Campaign for a Landmine Free World,'' a program of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. VVAF founded the International Campaign to Ban Landmines which was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997. Ung lectures extensively throughout the United States and appears regularly in the media.