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When Broken Glass Floats: Growing up under the Khmer Rouge

When Broken Glass Floats: Growing up under the Khmer Rouge

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by Chanrithy Him
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393322106

ISBN-13: 9780393322101

Pub. Date: 04/28/2001

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393322101
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
458,955
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments9
Family Tree11
Preface: A Seed of Survival13
1A Heavenly Comet Foreshadows War27
2B-cinquante-deux38
3A Grain of Rice on a Dog's Tail45
4When Broken Glass Begins to Float54
5There Are No Good-byes75
6Worse Than Pigs106
7Remnants of Ghosts123
8When the Owl Cries154
9Now I Know the Answer175
10The Spirit of Survival201
11A Promise216
12Though a Virgin, I'm Called an Old Man226
13Mass Marriage and a Forbidden Love240
14When Broken Glass Sinks248
15A Letter251
16The Exodus262
17The New Camp271
18Khao I Dang Camp284
19Sakeo II Camp295
20Philippine Refugee Processing Center310

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