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The Immortal Seeds: Life goes on for a Khmer family Paperback – April 15, 2009
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From the Back Cover
-- Norodom Sihanouk
"The Immortal Seeds is a story of war, love, and the unbreakable bonds of family. Touchingly told, Sambath pays homage to her family across the generations, and shares how they helped the Meases to survive the war and thrive in peace."
-- Loung Ung, author of First They Killed My Father and Lucky Child
"The Immortal Seeds exhibits a memoir's emphasis on highly personalized, if not fully contextualized, experiences."
-- The Phnom Penh Post
About the Author
More About the Author
While I am currently investigating the brutal murders of my uncle, his wife, and their fellow villagers in 1995, I am also working on my debut science-fiction novel. I hope to finish it this year.
Top Customer Reviews
I think of what I was doing when Ms. Meas and her family were living through the unending chaotic nightmare that was Kampuchea in the 1970s. I remember the confusing news stories about who was battling whom and, yes, the story line was always "Pol Pot + Khmer Rouge = evil" but no one really knew who the "good guys" were... possibly because they were all dead, in refugee camps or fighting for their lives and not for political idealism. I also remember the pictures on the news and in the news magazines. Ms. Meas' collection of stories brought those pictures to life. Her family stories took events that seemed so far away and brought them into focus. The stories of her family could have been stories of any one of our lives, our uncles, aunts and cousins, disrupted by war and political conflict and it also could have been any one of the refugees that died in the fields or in the refugee camps.
I hope that more members of Ms. Meas' generation will tell more of these stories that the previous generation could not tell.Read more ›
The descriptions are strong and the characters are likable, especially the author's parents. They show a rare intestinal fortitude. It is very unfortunate that her father still suffers so much emotionally from his experiences. I also found it interesting how the author was able to be a child, even with the terrors of war surrounding her and her family. Her parents tried not to burden her with it for the most part. Although, going hungry should never have to be a part of a child's life. This is where these people were so incredibly resourceful. They are true survivors.
Julie Achterhoff (Quantum Earth, Deadly Lucidity)
This is a well-told narrative, giving voice to the many stories of Khmer families that have sadly been buried in rage, depression, self-medication, or insanity. Immortal Seeds sheds much light and healing following a period in which it was rational to despair. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a true, sad and horrible story that some unfortunate people in some parts of this world had to go through. It's very touching to read.Published on September 5, 2013 by rathanak
The Immortal Seeds by Sambath Meas
Sambath Meas is to be congratulated on having done a thorough job researching the history of her family, from four generations ago up... Read more
As a Khmer expatriate myself,reading The Immortal Seeds:Life goes on for a Khmer family,I relive my own experience during the dark period of Khmer history (pol Pot era 1975-1979)... Read morePublished on March 25, 2010 by Sinara Ung