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The Governor's Daughter Paperback – May 16, 2017
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This book treats an extremely pressing issue of the world with utmost sensitivity. The story has been built such that it keeps the interest of the reader intact till the end, all the while exposing to the reader the cruel realities that plague modern society and how manipulators have mastered the art of misleading, using and abusing their target prey. The Governor's Daughter is a highly recommended read for people who like fictional treatment of real time issues.--Serious Reading Magazine
The lessons presented in this book are timeless and extend beyond all cultural and geographical boundaries. Pre-determined hatred and judgment based on arbitrary factors such as race, social status, and economic class were daily themes in the lives of the Khmer people, and I strongly appreciated the way that such themes were presented in this text: believable, unbiased, and straight-forward. Some people might be turned off by such themes and view them as racist (I won't go into the specific details of why I claim this, so you'll just have to trust me), but I find it to be quite the opposite. I would love to see more representation of different races and cultures in modern literature, and The Governor's Daughter is the perfect start. We totally need more books like this in the world.--Online Book Club
About the Author
Sambath Meas lives in Schaumburg, Illinois. She has a BA in political science from Loyola University Chicago, and is pursuing an MA in Creative Nonfiction at Northwestern University. She has also worked since 1998 in the corporate world doing legal work. She is currently investigating the brutal murders of her uncle, his wife, and their fellow villagers in 1995. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Meas has created a unique story based in Cambodia where a young strong woman grows in her profession as a detective. The story is easy to follow and is quick to read. Anjali's character is likable, even when she made the biggest mistake in her sleuthing. She will probably need to learn when to do things yourself and when to ask for help!
Most of the storyline is pretty predictable. As a reader, I knew who was going to solve the mystery and how Esme's event relates to others mentioned throughout the book. However, I did not expect the ending to happen the way it did, which is a plus.
I do want to mention that I was sometimes confused with some words that are foreign to me. Some of these words include: remork, sampot, kben, and a few others. These words made me pause while reading to no fault of the author because it's all part of the story, but I found myself just skipping these words and using context clues to the best of my abilities.
Overall, I liked the read. For those who like simple mysteries with a strong female lead, I recommend you give this a try!
This is a good read. The main character Anjali is an amateur detective in the eyes of her family and friends. However, she proves to everyone that she is a true detective, that nothing about her is amateurish. Her character reminds me of two other young female sleuths Nancy Drew and Veronica Mars. I would recommend this book to young adults, as well as school libraries for educational purposes.
is a fast-paced mystery, set in Siem Reap during the 1920s. Anjali Chinak is still a teenager but works for her father who is a noted detective. Much of her experience is with small cases, but she yearns for a case to prove her worth. She wants to change the world and work outside of the house. Her family is protective, knowing someday she will find a man worthy to be her husband. When Anjali meets Mith, she develops a crush only to see he has fallen in love with the Governor’s daughter. Her parents warn her that life is not always kind or easy as she becomes the go-between for her friends.
The setting adds to the harshness of the story. Anjali and her family are Khmer and often referred to as savages. The real power is the occupying French. Even young Anjali is aware that the laws are passed on them, not as limitations on the occupying force. Meas gives us enough history to create fear and dread for these citizen of Siem Reap. A grandmother, beaten, proves the heartless cruelty toward the Khmer. And yet we have many examples of a young woman’s faith and trust in her culture and family to create hope.
The ending was not what I expected, but certainly the only one that is logical. I hope to see more episodes with Anjali, the young detective. She has spunk.
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