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.
It is very difficult to find novels that have Cambodia as the setting other than stuff like The Killing Fields. Read morePublished 9 days ago by bigboppar
The books arrived whinim the expected shipping period and brand new, as nice as I was expecting it to be. I have nothing to complain.Published 1 month ago by Juliana Nassau Fernandes
This is a remarkable account of what can happen when a government gains too much power over it's people. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Book guy
A well-written, heartbreaking story through a child's eyes of a childhood stolen by the Khmer Rouge.Published 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago by suzanne