Sunday, May 27, 2012

Angkor focus

A slice of free time and Monument Books is always worth a visit. You can find Phnom Penh's best bookstore on Norodom Boulevard. A mite disappointed at not finding a copy of my own book, To Cambodia With Love (obviously sold out and awaiting a new delivery), I was cheered up by getting hold of a copy of Loung Ung's third book, Lulu In The Sky, which came out recently. Her previous books, First They Killed My Father and Lucky Child were both excellent. Another book that caught my eye was Michel Petrotchenko's guidebook on Angkor and called Focusing On The Angkor Temples - The Guidebook, that came out last October. Meant as a guide for first-timers, it contains details on more than eighty temples, 700 colour pictures, 35 maps, 150 annotated temple plans and boasts its merits over other temple guidebooks such as Dawn Rooney's Angkor, Marilia Albanese's Treasures of Angkor and Michael Freeman/Claude Jacques' Ancient Angkor. It presents twelve major temples in chronological sequence followed by the rest of the temples organised in geographical areas and includes Koh Ker, Banteay Chhmar and Sambor Prei Kuk. It has some plus points over the other books and at 386 pages and costing $22, it's a good idea to compare them before you buy.

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