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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.
A fascinating insight into the conditions suffered under the Khmer Rouge.Published 4 days ago by Marilyn Chisholm
I liked this novel but I was hoping for more in depth experiences. This touched the surface of the Khmer Rouge era.Published 2 months ago by weninvegas
I bought this and one other book (First They Killed My Father) to take with me while backpacking Cambodia. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gigi Blanchard
I think the coolest part about this book is that Chanrithy is able to portray different ways of thinking as she grows up throughout the story. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Taylor
How chilling to read about this and realize they ran from place to place. They were caught in the middle of terror.Published 6 months ago by sue beaudin