Saturday, June 30, 2012

Reading material

I decided to provide myself with a pile of new reading material today, to add to the large piles of reading materials I already have in my apartment and to some extent, gathering dust. Hence my visit to Monument Books. The four novels I purchased, all of them based in or on Cambodia are: Tom Knox's fictional historical novel Bible of The Dead, published last year by HarperCollins; part sci-fi thriller Impact by prolific author Douglas Preston, out in 2010 from Pan Books with a Bayon face on its cover; the brand new novel by Patricia McCormick, Never Fall Down, based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond and rated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as "one of the most inspiring and powerful books I've ever read." Last but not least is Adam Hall's Quiller Salamander, published way back in 1994, with the secret agent on a mission to save Cambodia from Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. Presumably he fails. I also forked out for a copy of the new Lonely Planet Cambodia guidebook, as well as Jean-Michel Filippi's Strolling Around Phnom Penh, which was only published a couple of weeks ago, and takes the reader on seven walks around the capital to expose its heart and history.
When I got home, I added the books to the latest pile on my shelves, which remain unread to-date. They include the following: Kim Echlin's The Disappeared; Sathavy Kim's memoir A Shattered Youth; The novel Dogs at the Perimeter by Madeleine Thien; John Lathrop's political thriller The End of the Monsoon; A Model American by Elsie Burch Donald; and Loung Ung's Lulu In The Sky, just to mention a few.

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Anonymous Lori McCoy said...

Great recommendations. My 13-year old daughter recently finished Patricia McCormick's "Never Fall Down" and loved it. My daughter is adopted from Cambodia and this is the first book about Cambodia that she has ever expressed any interest in reading. It was a good introduction for her to some of Cambodia's recent history.

Will be interested to hear your thoughts if/when you read "Bible of the Dead."

July 3, 2012 at 12:44 PM  

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