Soldier, Lily, Peace and Pearls

Soldier, Lily, Peace and Pearls : La Galaxie Des Lumieres Tardives

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The lives of eight-year-old Quan Phoc in Phnom Penh and two-year-old Minh Chau Thieu in Saigon change radically when the two cities fall to the Communists in 1975. The Khmer Rouge send Quan's family to a collective farm in the distant countryside. Minh Chau's family attempts unsuccessfully to flee Saigon. Her father, a South Vietnamese army officer is sent to a re-education camp and the rest of the family is imprisoned Both children escape Indochina in 1978, aided unexpectedly by the kindness of others. In Pulau Bidong camp in Malaysia, Quan becomes Minh Chau's protector, a role that he will play intermittently for the rest of his life. When Minh Chau's family is resettled in Canada, Quan is left behind. At that point, Quan's protector role passes temporarily to Mathieu Hibou, a soft-spoken university student from New Carlisle, Quebec. Soldier, Lily, Peace and Pearls is a novel about how three individuals confront personal traumas throughout their lives, strengthen their personalities in different ways, and experience kindness as the noblest of human actions. It is also a story of personal growth-a voyage on troubled waters, with each seeing the others at times from a distance and then in the closest of relationships.

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 138 x 214 x 20mm | 281.23g
  • 01 Sep 2011
  • Deux Voiliers Publishing
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0987771809
  • 9780987771803
  • 988,274

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The lives of eight-year-old Quan Phoc in Phnom Penh and two-year-old Minh Chau Thieu in Saigon change radically as the two cities fall to the Communists in 1975. The Cambodian Communists, the Khmer Rouge, force Quan's family and most of the Cambodian capital's population to re-locate to collective farms in the distant countryside. After a failed attempt to flee Vietnam, Minh Chau's family is imprisoned as collaborators. Both survive the baseness of human nature, are aided unexpectedly by others, and in 1978 escape Indochina. As child refugees, they meet in Pulau Bidong camp in Malaysia. Quan becomes Minh Chau's protector, a role that he will play intermittently for the rest of his life. When Minh Chau's family is resettled in Canada, Quan is left behind. At that point, Quan's protector role passes temporarily to Mathieu Hibou, a soft-spoken university student from New Carlisle, Quebec.. Soldier, Lily, Peace and Pearls is a novel about how three individuals confront personal traumas throughout their lives, strengthen their personalities in different ways, and experience kindness as the noblest of human actions. It is also a story of personal growth-a voyage on troubled waters, with each seeing each other at times from a distance and then in the most intimate of relationships.show more
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