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First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Loung Ung
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26. April 2001
From a childhood survivor of Cambodia's brutal Pol Pot regime comes a 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, Loung Ung lived in Phnom Penh, one of seven children of a high-ranking government official. While her mother worried that she was a troublemaker, her beloved father knew Loung 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 and their former life of privilege. Eventually, the family dispersed in order to survive. Because Loung was resilient and determined, she was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, while her other brothers and sisters were sent to labour camps. As the Vietnamese penetrated Cambodia and destroyed the Khmer Rouge, Loung and her surviving siblings were finally reunited. Bolstered by the shocking bravery of one brother and the vision of the others, and sustained by her sister's gentle kindness amid brutality, Loung forged on to create for herself a new life.

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 224 Seiten
  • Verlag: Mainstream Publishing; Auflage: First Edition (26. April 2001)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1840184159
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840184150
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,4 x 16,6 x 2,8 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.7 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (40 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.370.356 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Written in the present tense, First They Killed My Father will put you right in the midst of the action--action you'll wish had never happened. It's a tough read, but definitely a worthwhile one, and the author's personality and strength shine through on every page. Covering the years from 1975 to 1979, the story moves from the deaths of multiple family members to the forced separation of the survivors, leading ultimately to the reuniting of much of the family, followed by marriages and immigrations. The brutality seems unending--beatings, starvation, attempted rape, mental cruelty--and yet the narrator (a young girl) never stops fighting for escape and survival. Sad and courageous, her life and the lives of her young siblings provide quite a powerful example of how war can so deeply affect children--especially a war in which they are trained to be an integral part of the armed forces. For anyone interested in Cambodia's recent history, this book shares a valuable personal view of events. --Jill Lightner -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


"So sharp with pain that when I read it, the words plunged into me like a knife" (Jon Swain Sunday Times)

"There can be absolutely no doubt about the innate power of [Ung's] story, the passion with which she tells it or its enduring importance" (Washington Post Book World)

"Ung's memoir should serve as a reminder that some history is best not left just to historians but to those left behind when the terror ends" (Booklist) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Heel on earth through the eyes of a child 28. Februar 2000
Von "yoco"
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"First they killed My father" is Loung Ung's Horror filled account of her childhood stolen from her by Pol Pot's regime which ranks behind only Hitlers for it's brutality and inhumanity. It is also a story of a family's love and sacrafice for one another. A father and mother's love for thier children a sister's love for each other but most of all a little girls love for her father.
Think of Anne Frank Meets the "killing fields" and you only begin to get an idea of what this book is about.
Loung's writing is at once so simple and yet so vivid you can almost feel the shook, disgust and horror of a little girl living in what can only be discribed as hell on earth.
You can feel the confusion and fear in a little girls mind as her life of cars, TV's, phones and movies is ripped away from her and replaced with starvation, murder, bombs, gun fire and death.
PA what are communist she asks, and why do they hate us? Her Father's answer is simple and direct they are destoyers.
This book is truly a must read for everyone, least we forget and let history repat it's self.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Riveting autobiography about a courageous child. 10. Juni 2000
Von M. Desoer
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
The attrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge, which resulted in large-scale genocide of the Cambodian people, have not received the attention that they warrant from the Western press. This book describes the horrors of the Khmer Rouge's brutal rule, from the view of a woman who was only a five-year-old girl at the time the Khmer Rouge invaded Phnom Phen.
As young as she was, the author showed incredible courage and determination. I have always wondered why some people survive in such horrid conditions; this book provides some insight into the will-to-live, and refusal to give up which kept this woman alive.
The descriptions of her family's suffering are graphic, but no more than necessary to provide the reader with an authentic feeling about the torture, starvation and other maltreatment by the Khmer Rouge, as led by the "invisible" but revered and feared leader, Pol Pot.
By the way, a complementary book about this epoch which I recommend, told by a woman who was a few years older, is "When Broken Glass Floats."
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Impossible to put down 1. Juni 2000
Von Ein Kunde
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The chilling story of the Cambodian purges led by the Kmer Rouge was impossible to put down. Ms. Ung tells her story without resorting to being overly violent even thogh the killings were in the millions. Her brilliance is in humanizing the violent struggle through a family we grow to care about deeply. She avoids the political side of the Cambodian civil war and focusses on an ordinary family turned from a happy middle class life to one of survival and loss. I read this in one day because I needed to know what happenned to this family. Poor little Loung Ung led a terrible few years but lives to remind us that our American lives of comfort are not to be taken for granted. I recently read a similar book on Rwanda and was similarly touched by how much suffering still can go on in our supposedly modern, humane world. Clearly, wanton slaughter in other countries makes me appreciate the simple freedoms of safety and security we have. Read this story and you will not complain about the simple things that aggravate us in America.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen First They Killed My Father 27. Mai 2000
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WOW! A powerful journey of struggle against a fear so great, most of us will feel the tingling awakening of discomfort with the reality that civility can be so easily striped from us. We think of law, order, fairness and justice as a part of everyday life. It is unimaginable what life would be like without them, until you read Loung Ung's book. Loung reminds us that these are ideals, Loung allows us to experience existance in its most basic form. If you can read without denying the fear you should feel, you will grow from reading this book. From the acceptance of the cold and cruel, I developed a stronger sense of love and appreciation for the fragile life I am fortunate to have. This book is also about love, bonds, sacrafice, determination, willpower, the value of intelligence and wisdom, appreciation and character. Thank you Loung for your book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen priceless account of a costly genocide 12. Juli 2000
Von Darthjal
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When I was a child in parochial school, we used to pray for "the starving children in Cambodia" every day. Now I finally know exactly who we were praying for.
Before this book was published, I wasn't able to find any first-person accounts of the genocide in Cambodia. Having finally read one, I can see why. Just reading it could be emotionally scarring. The actual experience is not something that most of Cambodia's survivors would want to relive in the telling.
Ung's unflinching account describes what we can only hope is the absolute nadir of human experience. These are the outrages endured by nation that was decimated twice over by squads of angry bullies, a crazed dictator, bitter classism and racial hatred, and senseless starvation.
"First They Killed My Father" is not for the squeamish, the pessimistic, or the tender-hearted. In fact, my greatest fear concerning books of this type is that some people are so overwhelmed by the horror of the Killing Fields and the Holocaust that they will not be able to comprehend it as fact, that their emotional health will require them to deny that such things are possible, and that consequently, they will hesitate or fail to act when they have the chance to prevent such things from happening in the future.
Some disappointments (really only worth deducting half a star, which Amazon doesn't allow):
1. Poor editing. Frequently the tense shifts in mid-paragraph from past to present, or from present to past, in describing a single incident. There are also numerous places where homonyms were used that should have been caught by an editor; "peddling" for "pedaling," for example, and "sown" for "sewn."
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5.0 von 5 Sternen First they killed my father
War sehr leicht zu lesen und hat mir sehr gut gefallen zumal ich kürzlich in Cambodia war. Ein tolles Buch ,das einem zum nachdenken gibt.
Vor 19 Monaten von SANDRA HUBBE veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen An eyeopener
Excellent book. Well and thoughtfully written.
Told in real time by a little girl who lived through the horrors of Pol Pot's madness. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 22 Monaten von Dell Walker veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen GOOD BOOK.
no problem with my order. the book was exactly as described and received within 7 days. would order from seller again. thanks
Veröffentlicht am 26. August 2011 von kristen14
5.0 von 5 Sternen Write another one, Loung Ung!
First, let's get the nitpicks out of the way. Like other reviewers, I was bothered by the poor editing of this memoir, with its verb tense switches and simple errors in... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. Juli 2000 von D. McDiffett
3.0 von 5 Sternen An Unqualified 5 y.o. Adult-Child Narrator
This is one of those very difficult book to review because it has so many facets: craft, history, extremely early childhood memories, lost and grief. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. Juni 2000 von Cloud O'Connor
4.0 von 5 Sternen Harrowing account of the triumph of the human spirit...
"First They Killed My Father" is a valuable memoir of a child's view of genocide. It is also a wonderful tribute to those members of the Ung family who died during Pol... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 8. Juni 2000 von L. Alper
4.0 von 5 Sternen Bravery Written All Over It!
Loung Ung's "First They Killed My Father" is a detailed account of a child's experience under Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 4. Juni 2000 von Alissa M Taaca-Warren
3.0 von 5 Sternen Opened my Eyes
Heard the author over the radio reviewing her book. It caught my interest where I normally would have not read a book like this. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 30. Mai 2000 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Chilling... heroic.
Loung Ung's writing style is unpretentious. But the experiences she relates are eloquent beyond mere words. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 22. Mai 2000 von G. Stafford
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