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Dogs at the Perimeter
Dogs at the Perimeter | Madeleine Thien
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Remember this night, he said. Mark it in your memories because tomorrow everything changes. One starless night, a girls childhood was swept away by the terrors of the Khmer Rouge. Exiled from the city, she and her family were forced to live out in the open under constant surveillance. Each night, people were taken away. Caught up in a political storm which brought starvation to millions, tore families apart, and changed the world forever, she lost everyone she loved. Three decades later, Janies life in Montreal is unravelling. Haunted by her past, she has abandoned her husband and son and taken refuge in the home of her friend, the brilliant, troubled scientist, Hiroji Matsui. In 1970, Hirojis brother, James, travelled to Cambodia and fell in love. Five years later, the Khmer Rouge came to power, and James vanished. Brought together by the losses they endured, Janie and Hiroji had found solace in each another. And then, one strange day, Hiroji disappeared. Engulfed by the memories she thought she had fled, Janie must struggle to find grace in a world overshadowed by the sorrows of her past. Beautifully realized, deeply affecting, Dogs at the Perimeter evokes totalitarianism through the eyes of a little girl and draws a remarkable map of the minds battle with memory, loss, and the horrors of war. It confirms Madeleine Thien as one of the most gifted and powerful novelists writing today.
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Jeg
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Without realising it I went from one book about atrocities to another. This time Cambodia and some of the lasting effects on a gentle population. I picked this up in an op shop and didn‘t realise it‘s been signed by the author.
“ in celebration of the lives we find .Wishing you joy. “ @MrsMalaprop

Centique What a beautiful inscription 😍 4mo
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AnneCecilie
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I feel myself tagged to do my #fivestarpredictions by all the Littens tagging anyone who wants to join in on all the fun. And of course I want that 😊
I have read all of these authors latest novels and absolutely loved them. So, I hope their older works will live up to my expectations and be five star reads.

I tag anyone who wants to do their own predictions

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irre
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Not an easy read, but worth it. 3.5🌟

Lacythebookworm That sounds good! 2y
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shawnmooney
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Thien talked about this, her second novel, quite a bit in her lecture last week; I hadn't even realized it was about the Cambodian Khmer Rouge era. She played some joyful Cambodian pop music for us, too!

saresmoore !!! 3y
batsy Cambodian pop is just wonderful. 3y
Spiderfelt Nice! Where did you hear her speak? 3y
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marita
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Was reminded that Thien also created a tumblr for this gorgeous and haunting book. http://dogsattheperimeter.tumblr.com/ I love when authors do stuff like this. What are your favourites?

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