LUCKY CHILD: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind. Loung Ung, Author. HarperCollins $ (p) ISBN. Shop and Purchase Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind (P.S.). This is the 2nd book that I’ve read in. In her first book, the best-selling First They Killed My Father, Loung Ung recalled her Cambodian childhood under the violent reign of the Khmer Rouge army. As.

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Ung’s book is full of vivid descriptions and keen observations that bring the vicissitudes of that era poignantly to life.

I do not know whether these exist in all versions of the book. A moment of high historical ooung, but perhaps the author was too young to remember the details. Most would be executed within days; – A widow who took refuge with the author’s family, tenderly talking to the baby that she carried with her everywhere, refusing to accept that he was already dead; p.

While Ung is happy to be away from the landmines and the aftermath of Pol Pot’s brutal regime, the guilt of leaving her family behind seeps in, as do vicious memories of the brutality she witnessed. Ung left behind her other beloved siblings, as well as the ghosts of her parents and two sisters who loug slaughtered by Pol Pot’s soldiers. Thank you for your feedback.

Plenty were mere opportunists. As she got older, she discovered that she could only conquer the ghosts of her past by luxky her roots, and to rise above her personal losses and cild personal vengeance by making them her life-long cause.

As for Pol Pot, the young Loung Ung knew almost nothing about him, except that he was “fat” in a country of living skeletons. It also tells of the experiences of her surviving family members in Cambodia during the ensuing warfare between Vietnamese troops and the Khmer Rouge.


BookPage review by Amy Scribner. See and discover other items: The author was young, but her memory is sharp. Her colourful description of early ‘s Phnom Penh with its many exotic to an American audience sights, sounds, and colors is an adventure in itself; – The arrival of the KR in Phnom Penh. Learn more about Kindle MatchBook. I loved and still love this book so much that I recommended it to practically everyone I know.

I was just 20 years old at the time these events took place and was really unaware of the horrific history. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Each chapter alternates between their stories. Charlottekrn Bookfair Top Contributor: Get to Know Us. First They Killed My Father: The starry-eyed school-teachers of yesteryear who dreamed of an agrarian paradise had become totally out of touch.

Highlighting the harsh realities of chance and circumstance in times of war as well as in times of peace, Lucky Child is ultimately a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and to the salvaging strength of family bonds. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. He chose Loung to come with him because she was the youngest, ten years old upon leaving Cambodia; hence, she is the “lucky child.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. But it’s not just about travel, it’s also about life experiences of a middle age wanderer. Many will find out at the cost of their lives. Pages with related products.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Since her father was a senior military official, the Ung family was specifically targeted in a genocide known as The Killing Fields. See all 2, reviews. I can’t say that I have ever felt I was living history by doing so. See all customer images. She is also the author of Lucky Child: Please try again later. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Communism as an ideology may be bankrupt, but the specter of Utopian extremism lives on.


Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. In the eyes of the Angkar the Khmer Rouge “organization”liquidating the members of the old regime is but a necessary prelude to building a society of true believers. It is difficult to read about the atrocities of genocide, especially having seen in person the towers of human skulls left behind from the massive killings.

Add both to Cart Add both to List. Ung’s story is even more potent because she also tells the story of her sister, Chou, who remained behind in a rural Cambodian village.

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