When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge by Chanrithy Him

When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge

byChanrithy Him

Kobo ebook | April 17, 2001

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Chanrithy Him felt compelled to tell of surviving life under the Khmer Rouge in a way "worthy of the suffering which I endured as a child."

In the Cambodian proverb, "when broken glass floats" is the time when evil triumphs over good. That time began in 1975, when the Khmer Rouge took power in Cambodia and the Him family began their trek through the hell of the "killing fields." In a mesmerizing story, Him vividly recounts a Cambodia where rudimentary labor camps are the norm and technology, such as cars and electricity, no longer exists. Death becomes a companion at the camps, along with illness. Yet through the terror, Chanrithy's family remains loyal to one another despite the Khmer Rouge's demand of loyalty only to itself. Moments of inexpressible sacrifice and love lead them to bring what little food they have to the others, even at the risk of their own lives. In 1979, "broken glass" finally sinks. From a family of twelve, only five of the Him children survive. Sponsored by an uncle in Oregon, they begin their new lives in a land that promises welcome to those starved for freedom.

Title:When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer RougeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 17, 2001Publisher:W. W. Norton & CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393076164

ISBN - 13:9780393076165

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tragedy In reading this book I realized how little I actually know about Cambodia. It was definitely worth the read. The experience that Chanrithy lived through was horrible, something that no one should have to live through.
Date published: 2011-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb Reading!! This book takes you back to the 1970's when many of us were in school and not really realizing what else was going on around the world. The author, Him, lets you into her life as a child with her parents and siblings. The story shows how her family was terrorized by the Khmer Rouge and uprooted from a comfortable life. It is a story of facts, survival, loss and life after the Khmer Rouge. A definite read!!!
Date published: 2006-05-31