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First They Killed My Father
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers | Loung Ung
Soon to be a major film, co-written and directed by Angelina Jolie Pitt Until 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, Loung'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.
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RachelO
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Train reading. Beautiful sunny day here today.

batsy You're killing me with your gorgeous views lately! In a good way 😆😍 5d
julesG Lovely view. 4d
Soubhiville That‘s beautiful. 4d
RachelO @batsy 😂 It‘s grey and drizzly/foggy so much of the time, I snap pretty when I can actually see it! 4d
RachelO @julesG @Soubhiville We‘re quite good at green round here - I‘m very lucky! 4d
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RachelO
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Started this one for #nfnov on an #audiorun yesterday.

Loung Ung starts her story as a precocious , curious, middle-class 5-year old in Phnom Penh. I‘ve realised already how shockingly little I know about Cambodia or the Killing Fields. #TIL that the Khmer Rouge overthrew the Cambodian government in 1975 - that feels so recent. Think this will be a tough read 😞

Libby1 Your photos are beautiful, @RachelO . 1mo
RachelO @Libby1 Thanks Libby 😊. I figure there‘s probably only so many times I can use an Overdrive screenshot 😬 1mo
Libby1 I don‘t even know what that means but it looks nice! 🤣 1mo
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RachelO @Libby1 😂🤣Sorry- not you! Not had enough coffee to make sense yet! 1mo
4thhouseontheleft I have a signed copy of this book! One of my first signed copies ever. I went to a conference where she was a speaker way back in the early 2000‘s. It‘s a great book. 1mo
iread2much The first time I learned about the killing fields was when I was teenager, through the Manga Sanctuary by Sho Fummimura. It was hard to read about in fiction, I can‘t even imagine for non-fiction. Good luck! 1mo
Blaire This has been on my tbr for years and years. 1mo
Clwojick 4pt 4w
Caterina Several of my friends were volunteers in Cambodia a couple years ago, it was so heartbreaking to learn about its history and especially the role that the US played in that history. 💔 4w
Caterina Also is this where you were running?? It's gorgeous! 😍 4w
RachelO @Caterina It is! When I mention running along the sea wall, this is it. Think I‘m going to have to follow your lead and find a treadmill for the winter though - it‘s not somewhere to run in weather, and we get a fair bit of weather here! 4w
RachelO @Caterina Oh my goodness! It‘s somewhere you hardly ever hear about- I think it will be heartbreaking 😞 4w
RachelO @Blaire I‘ll let you know how I get on! 4w
RachelO @iread2much Thanks - I hadn‘t heard of that. Sadly Manga isn‘t one if my library‘s great strengths, but I will look out for that one. 4w
RachelO @4thhouseontheleft Wow! That must have been quite something. 4w
iread2much @RachelO I hope you get a chance to read them, they are very graphic but really interesting 4w
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Kboltz
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True story of 5 year old Loung and her family and how they had to survive the Killing Fields of Cambodia. Watched this on Netflix and had to read it. What a hard book to read but one that you should read. I was 10 in America when this happened and that makes me think how things like this were happening and still happen in our world today. This girl/woman is the bravest person ever.

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Started my travel reading. I‘m going to Cambodia in June and thought it was time to read this memoir. Incredible survival story.

Caterina I almost bought this on Monday at a used bookstore. Look forward to hearing what you think, I'm sure it will be a tough read. The Lutheran volunteer program that placed me in Palestine 2017-2018 also has volunteers in Cambodia, and those volunteers taught me a lot about Cambodia. Heartbreaking what the U.S. did to it, and heartbreaking that they lost free press last year. 7mo
Booksnob I have so much to learn about Cambodia. @Caterina Thanks for sharing this with me. The book is heartbreaking but also full of hope. 7mo
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Abby2
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Horrible story of survival under Pol Pot. Really well written and a testament to family and strength.

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers.

Heart-wrenching but fantastic series #Lulu ❤️
The movie on Netflix is definitely worth checking out, as well.

#LiteraryLuck #DoYouRemember

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Kristy_K
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So tragic and sad. You could feel Ung‘s heartbreak, confusion, and anger through her words.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#biography #cambodia

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Jess7
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Book mail arrived today! 📚📬 Thanks so much Jill for passing this along! I‘m excited to read it and then watch the #netflix film by #AngelinaJolie. Did you watch it after?

#FirstTheyKilledMyFather by #LoungUng is “a moving story of war crimes and desperate actions, the unnerving strength of a small girl, and her triumphant spirit as she survived the Cambodian genocide under Pol Pot‘s brutal regime.” #TBR #nonfiction #booktoscreen #bookmail

thejillest Yeahhhhh I‘m so glad it came! I didn‘t watch the movie yet, but I‘ll do that soon!! 2y
Ingerella I didn't realize this was a book! I've been wanting to see the movie but maybe I'll hold off and read the book first. 2y
Melwilk My students just finished this book. They paired it with Night and the reviews were overwhelmingly positive for both. Each group had to research a genocide that they then shared in our Museum walk. It‘s a tough unit, but the students say it makes them appreciate what they have. (edited) 2y
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Jess7 Thanks for the info. I‘ll have to check that one out @Melwilk — I‘m going to tag @thejillest too so she sees your comment above about that book too. :-) 2y
JamieArc A similar book might be this one. Great book, but heartbreaking and stayed with me for a while. 2y
Jazruiz.2014 I didn‘t realize it was a book!!! Love 2y
thejillest I‘ve read “night,” but as far as holocaust survivor books go, this reminded me more of “a lucky child.” Maybe because of the amount of sheer luck involved in her story. 2y
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thejillest
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Great read about a part of history I knew nothing about. Ung says in the author‘s note “if you had been living in Cambodia during this period, this would be your story too.”

Jess7 I really want to read this one! 2y
knittedgnome I thought this was excellent! 2y
thejillest @Jess7 I‘d be happy to pass it on to you! (edited) 2y
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thejillest @knittedgnome me too! Very interesting and it made me so thankful for a kitchen full of groceries 2y
knittedgnome @thejillest really does. 2y
Jess7 You don‘t want to keep it? That‘s really nice of you. @thejillest 2y
thejillest @Jess7 some books are meant to be given away ;) 2y
Jess7 You‘re the best!! 🤗🤗🤗 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Stories of wars and war crimes- whether the Nazi Holocaust or the Rwandan genocide, or this, about a girl‘s survival in the Cambodian‘s massacres under the Khmer Rouge - are never easy to read. A great crime to the human spirit.
#aprella #cruelworld

emilyhaldi 🖤🖤🖤 2y
Cortg My sister has been wanting me to read this for years. I really need to pick it up! 2y
Mdargusch Sounds like a hard book to read. 😢 2y
Reviewsbylola 💔💔💔 2y
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knittedgnome
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This book really showed me how little I actually know about the Vietnam War. It follows a Cambodian family and is an eye opening story. The horrors the author/narrator and her family lived through are told in a truthful and heartbreaking way.

I would like to read more on this topic if anyone has recommendations for me.

Stacypatrice I just added this to my tbr list... it looks fascinating. 2y
knittedgnome @Stacypatrice it was fascinating and horrific. I guess I have only thought of the soldiers there and not so much about the people who lived there. 2y
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jamielaine
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Good

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agoodstoppingpt
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Saw the great movie adaptation and now I am reading the memoir it was based upon. As much as I liked the film, I‘m glad to get the more detailed story from the book.

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ameline.d
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A good insight about Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Written from the author's POV. Can be a bit slow but overall not bad.

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CareBear
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Heading to NYC for the day to visit my BFF who's in town from Austin. Getting lots of reading in during travel time but a tough read in public 😢

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FairyHighRoad
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One of my favorite books written by an Asian author is First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung. It is a heartbreaking account of a Cambodian family during the rise of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.

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LeahBergen Damn it! I was just going to post this one. 😂😂 3y
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MarlysWS
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No one should have to read this book because this shouldn't be the history of a nation of people. But it is and it is so very similar to stories from hundreds of other nations' pasts and to thousands of people currently living within violent conflicts RIGHT NOW.

And so, because of that, this is a book that everyone should read. It is difficult to take in. Overcome the fear of reading this truth and hear Loung Ung's story.

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A very interesting book #setinasia is First They Killed My Father by Luong Ung. My students read this last year for a unit on genocides, and they really took it to heart. The book chronicles the experiences of the author and her family in Cambodia during the reign of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. I had the privilege of seeing the author speak at Kent State during our study of the book, and she was so inspiring. #somethingforsept

Mamashep I read the final book in her trilogy several years ago and have always meant to go back and read this one. 3y
Melwilk @Mamashep I have yet to read her other books, but the are on my TBR pile. 3y
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Alisnazzy
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This is my "I've been in NY for one week" #augusthaul All are used or bargain books. Thanks to my mother-in-law for the gift of ? to get these. She's the best. Excited for all of these! #augustphotochallenge #augustofbooks

irre Great haul! I really like The Winter People, Broken Monsters and Kate Morton! 3y
britt_brooke Wow, nice! 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 Bel Canto, Forgotten Garden, Still Alice, Winter People - all recommended by me!! Enjoy! 3y
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OSChamberlain Vonnegut 😍😍😍 3y
Cinfhen What an awesome haul and even more amazing mother in law🍀enjoy!!! 3y
Litlady Such a beautiful stack of literary yumminess! Props to one terrific ma-in-law, too! 👍👏💜📚🤓 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Some great titles there! Enjoy! 3y
Pamtherunner Just finished the winter people and loved it! 3y
BillKathyWms Wow!! Nice!! Love Bel Canto!! Enjoyed Still Alice too!! HaPpY Reading!! 📚❤️ 3y
Cortg Oooh, they all look good, many on my TBR list! 3y
readinginthedark Loved Still Alice! I wish my MIL was that awesome! 😋 3y
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Floresj
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Great book! Loung's voice is clear and tells her story really well. Again, I didn't know about Cambodia's civil war and this was pretty interesting. I loved her relationship with her Pa and her honesty in the decisions she made in order to survive. #readaroundtheworld

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