Before this proverb could come true, Chanrithy had to watch her mother, father, and five of her brothers and sisters die, murdered by the Khmer Rouge or fatally weakened by malnutrition, disease, and overwork. Now living in Oregon, where she studies posttraumatic stress disorder among Cambodian survivors, Chanrithy has written a first-person account of the killing fields that's remarkable for both its unflinching honesty and its refusal to despair. In wrenchingly immediate prose, she describes atrocities the rest of the world might prefer to ignore: her sick yet still breathing mother, thrown along with corpses into a well; a pregnant woman beaten to death with a spade, the baby struggling inside her; a sister impossibly swollen with edema, her starving body leaking fluid from the webbing between her toes.
The mind retreats from horrors like these--and yet what emerges most strongly from this memoir is the triumph of life. Chanrithy is determined to honor her pledge to the dying Chea, to study medicine so she can help others live. When Broken Glass Floats accomplishes the same goal in a different way. "As a survivor, I want to be worthy of the suffering that I endured," Chanrithy writes; by giving such eloquent voice to her dead, she has proven herself more than worthy of her suffering--and theirs. --Chloe Byrne --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a remarkable account of what can happen when a government gains too much power over it's people. Read morePublished 22 days ago by J. Silva
A well-written, heartbreaking story through a child's eyes of a childhood stolen by the Khmer Rouge.Published 28 days ago by Emily Martin-Ball
It is hard say I really enjoyed this book because the story is so sad, but I did. I have been to Cambodia and will never forget when I asked my guide about his family. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James
An eye opening book. My friend bought this book because we were going to take a trip to Cambodia. The book was informative and well written. Read morePublished 1 month ago by suzanne
The journey of this family from "normality" to the USA via suppression, death, fear, persecution and survival is brought to life in the pages of this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Christina Sykiotis
After reading this and visiting Cambodia, I have seen and talked to people who can verify the terrifying time that the Khmer Rouge was for them and the scars that still exist both... Read morePublished 3 months ago by momathome
My wife got this book for her book club and I read it and then rented The Killing Fields movie. She re-read the book as a refresher and then pulled up the YouTube video. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marty
I was in Cambodia for the first time last year and was moved by all the people I met there. They have so much hope for the future and are so welcoming of visitors. Read morePublished 4 months ago by toni
It is so important to never forget the horrible events in history. Chanrithy Him has written a poignant book that all people should read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by michelekstone