- Paperback: 574 pages
- Publisher: Archwaypublishing (December 15, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1480852937
- ISBN-13: 978-1480852938
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 8.7 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #721,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Short Hair Detention: Memoir of a Thirteen-Year-Old Girl Surviving the Cambodian Genocide Paperback – December 15, 2017
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I read over 500 pages in less than one day
I could not put this book down
I want to see a movie
In my eyes her true story of her life makes her the strongest Girl (women ) I've ever known
I met her in High School at Lincoln High
That young girl that crossed my path so long ago WOW !!!!WOW !!!!!
Channy's tangible style puts us in the middle of the narrative through the intimate detailing of everyday life. The night and day transformation from a typical urban schoolgirl to a cog in Pol Pot's rural slave labor camps conveys the palpable dread.
Channy's writing style jumps off the page in such a personal and intimate way the author's distinctive voice and emotional honesty serves to firmly causes the reader's emotions to mimic Channys' emotions every step of her journey. You don't read Short Hair Detention, you feel it, you smell it, you fear it. It takes a great author to put you in their world, many try, almost all fail to be this effective. The book is massively moving because she puts you there, do not be surprised if you find yourself yelling out loud , "No, Leave her alone!" many times throughout. It's that powerful.
Though the book by necessity requires, in fact demands the conveyance of fear, horror and shock that is not to say this is depressing work, it is the story of a young girl finding her inner strength and courage. Channy, through her prose, leads the reader through her transformation, from the ashes of a wrecked life emerges a young girl who is determined against all odds to reunite with her mother Em. Even the worst events are often riddled with humor, at times aimed at the Khmer Rouge guards and at times the ordinary observations of a young teenager . Channy paints this emotional shift vividly and with purpose, as a constructive device you can actually feel the slow cognitive power shift from a victimhood to raw courage. Channys' change from victim to an amazingly subversive and intelligent teenager leads to a bittersweet but truly happy ending which I refuse to reveal. It would be a disservice to the author to even try.
Perhaps the most beautiful and uplifting part of this story as a whole is THIS IS A LOVE STORY, the story of the bond between mother and daughter that is indestructible. A unwavering bond which could not be even remotely touched by insurmountable obstacles, a shattered childhood and a entire army of brutal armed thugs whose orders were to prevent the author's actions of defiance with bullets.
This is the story of an uncaring world which turned its head and did nothing while a single young girl built up her courage and risked death to say ENOUGH, YOU CAN'T TAKE MY FAMILY FROM ME!
If you are going to read one nonfiction book this year this is the one, it has rightfully earned its place between The Diary of Anne Frank and Rutka's Notebook as a powerhouse of the best and worst of the human nature.
It's storytelling is simple and honest. Channy let's us know what happened, and what she did,, and she doesn't shy away from the humiliating, nor the shameful, but includes it along with the heart rending, and the humourous. The story has everything that you could possibly want from any narative, factual or fiction, that really draws you into the story and plays with your emotions as the events unfold.
This is an extraordinary story expertly told, but it is so much more than that, it is a documenting of an attrocity like no other. We rarely get a glimpse of such historic events that ordinary people can relate to and fully understand. Most reports of such events come from journalists or historians and while such reports are important and have their place in explaining what happened they don't put you in the situation, they don't give you a real feel for the events.
As an historical document this book has few equals, it gives a glimpse into a regeme and the everyday life of people who lived under it in an honest and authentic way with facts and emotions given equal weight.
While the story certainly isn't pleasant, except towards the end, it is not an unpleasant read. The story grips you and you really care about the characters, each time she gives up you will here to go on, when she gets one over on the Black Uniforms you applaud her, when she is in danger you hope she will make it through, despite knowing that she wrote the book many years later so has to have survived. It doesn't give any real insight into how the conflict started, nor why such atrocities were inflicted on a Nation, but it explain why people do what they have to do in order to survive, and how ordinary people become exceptional when placed in extraordinary situations.
This book is an absolute must read and anyone who doesn't read this book is missing out on an important work of Literature, note the capital, and on an important understanding of what it means to be human.