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6 popular cambodian books
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Asia Challenge" were written by authors from Cambodia. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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Bajo un árbol milenario by Vaddey Ratner ES

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Country: Asia / Cambodia flag Cambodia
Description:
Seven-year-old Raami's childhood ended the day her father brought news of the civil war that had overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. While enduring four years of family deaths, starvation, and forced labor, her only respite is the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father. Partly based on the author's personal story, this is a narrative of human resilience. Cambodia, USA.

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First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung EN

Rating: 4     3 Votes
Country: Asia / Cambodia flag Cambodia
Description:
One of seven children of a high-ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh until the age of five. Then, in April 1975, Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army stormed into the city, forcing Ung's family to flee and, eventually, to disperse. Loung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, her siblings were sent to labor camps, and those who survived the horrors would not be reunited until the Khmer Rouge was destroyed. Harrowing yet hopeful, Loung's powerful story is an unforgettable account of a family shaken and shattered, yet mir... continue

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In the shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey ratner EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
Country: Asia / Cambodia flag Cambodia
Description:
A beautiful celebration of the power of hope, this New York Times bestselling novel tells the story of a girl who comes of age during the Cambodian genocide. You are about to read an extraordinary story, a PEN Hemingway Award finalist “rich with history, mythology, folklore, language and emotion.” It will take you to the very depths of despair and show you unspeakable horrors. It will reveal a gorgeously rich culture struggling to survive through a furtive bow, a hidden ankle bracelet, fragments of remembered poetry. It will ensure that the world never forgets the atrocities committed by the K... continue
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The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam EN

Rating: 4.5     2 Votes
Country: Asia / Cambodia flag Cambodia
Description:
A Cambodian woman sold into sexual slavery at the age of twelve describes the horrors she experienced until she managed to escape and discusses her role as an activist for the young women whom she has rescued from the region's brothels.

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Tomorrow I'm Dead : How a Seventeen-year-old Killing Field Survivor Became the Cambodian Freedom Army's Greatest Soldier by Bun Yom EN

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Country: Asia / Cambodia flag Cambodia
Description:
In 1975, US troops had withdrawn from Cambodia, leaving the people defenseless against Pol Pot’s army, the Khmer Rouge. As the army took over Cambodia, thousands of innocent people were ordered out of their homes. In April 1975, fourteen-year-old Bun Yom was forced at gunpoint, along with his family, to march toward the steaming jungle. After a soldier separated Yom from his family, he had no idea he would not see them again for nine years. In his account of his involuntary journey from a normal childhood to enslavement in conditions so inhumane it seemed only death could free him, Yom shares ... continue



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