Thursday, April 5, 2012

Arn's story

Keep an eye out for a new book release from HarperCollins entitled Never Fall Down, a novel by Patricia McCormick based on the true life story of Arn Chorn-Pond. It'll be out next month and will look at the fictional life of a boy sent to a Khmer Rouge prison camp where he survived by playing the flute to keep his captors entertained. The real Arn Chorn-Pond is the man responsible for Cambodian Living Arts and was the focus of a documentary called The Flute Player and a 2008 children's book by Michelle Lord, called A Song for Cambodia. Renowned author Loung Ung had this to say about the novel. "Arn Chorn Pond is a fast-talking dynamo with endless energy and zest for life. In Never Fall Down, Patricia McCormick captures brilliantly the man, his heart, and his passion to make Cambodia and our world a better place for all. Arn’s against-all-odds survival story and McCormick’s crisp prose gripped me from the first page to the very end." Here's an interview with the author.

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