Book Club Post #1

By January 27, 2020Uncategorized

The book I am reading is First They Killed my Father. It takes place in Cambodia around the 70’s. Loung, the main character of the book, lives with her family in the city of  Phnom Penh. There is a revolution going on in Cambodia at the time, and the communist group, called the Khmer Rouge, forces there family and many others out of their homes. we then follow Loung and her family through all the places they stay, and all the trials they face. They have to move a lot to keep their identities hidden, because there dad used to work for the government, and because they are capitalists.  One theme you see reoccurring in this book is family comes first. So many times certain family members sacrificed for one another.

My book is an autobiography, So the author is Loung Ung herself. She tells her story of her trials in the revolution. She is now an author and activist. She has written a couple other books, and there is a new Netflix film based on First They Killed my Father. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtcdwSylG1g

I am a little less than halfway done with my book. I think soon in the story line the Khmer are going to find out who Loung’s dad really is, and the tension in the story will rise. Her family just barely got separated, so i think they wont see each other for a while now. I also think they will kill the dad soon as well.

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