Mother and the Tiger

Mother and the Tiger : A Memoir of the Killing Fields

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In 1969 the small Asian nation of Cambodia was under attack: first by US bombers as the Vietnam war spilled over the border, and then by the Khmer Rouge as they began their brutal reign of terror. Under the rule of Pol Pot, ordinary city folk were driven from their homes and banished to labour camps that eventually saw two million people die. Darkness descended and "Year Zero" had begun. Mother and the Tiger is the story of one small girl, who struggled to survive one of the most ruthless regimes in human history. Six-year-old Hui Lim was trapped by the madness around her and cast into a seemingly endless nightmare. Her family was cursed as a member of a hated ethnic minority and targeted by the murderous Khmer Rouge. To survive where so many others died, Hui had to tap an inner strength that she never knew she possessed. Despite her youth she was determined to find her scattered family, no matter the odds. Her memoir of that brutal regime proves that even amidst the blackest depths of human depravity, hope can endure.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 294.83g
  • Odyssey Books
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1922200107
  • 9781922200105
  • 283,947

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“Mother and the Tiger” is a poignant survivor narrative that speaks to the innate human resilience that exists in all of us, a resilience that drives us to carry on in the face of chaotic circumstances and pushes us to create meaning out of our suffering. The book plays an important role in bearing witness to the traumatic events the Cambodian population underwent during the reign of the Khmer Rouge regime, a memory that is rarely revisited by the Khmer survivor generation on account of being too traumatic to speak of. The book provides a space from which the collective trauma embedded in the Cambodian consciousness may be released and lessons to younger generations learnt, such as, needing to learn from history in order not to repeat it, and not to take our gifts in life for granted. Thomas Nielsen, more
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