First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (Paperback)
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DescriptionUntil the age of five, Loung 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 being cheeky to her parents. When Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army stormed into Phnom Penh in April 1975, Ung's family fled their home and were eventually forced to disperse to survive. Loung was trained as a child soldier while her brothers and sisters were sent to labour camps. The surviving siblings were only finally reunited after the Vietnamese penetrated Cambodia and started to destroy the Khmer Rouge. Bolstered by the bravery of one brother, the vision of the others and the gentle kindness of her sister, Loung forged on to create for herself a courageous new life. "First They Killed My Father" is an unforgettable book told through the voice of the young and fearless Loung. It is a shocking and tragic tale of a girl who was determined to survive despite the odds.
- Published: 01 March 2007
- Format: Paperback 288 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781840185195 ISBN 10: 1840185198
- Sales rank: 8,052
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Reviews for First They Killed My Father
Powerful Cambodian Memoir
A powerful memoir by Ung retelling her experiences as a child during the regime of Pol Pot in Cambodia. These atrocities just should never have happened, but they did.
How glad I am that Ung had the strength to tell her story. I recommend it. by Wendy SEKULOFF