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In The Shadow Of The Banyan (2012)

by Vaddey Ratner(Favorite Author)
4.04 of 5 Votes: 4
1451657706 (ISBN13: 9781451657708)
Simon & Schuster
review 1: I loved this. It's a sad, vivid book about the Khmer Rouge take-over and genocide in Cambodia, and it manages to be really real without being super gross. The writing seemed overladen and purple to me at first (so-so-so many metaphors) but after a while I actually appreciated the way it made the landscape and culture come to life. I'm hoping Vaddey Ratner writes a book about the rest of her journeys and her settling in America, because I would read it in an instant.
review 2: I usually love historical fiction, but this story just didn't grab me. Raami's tale of family and loss as she faced the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge regime are haunting and lyrical (almost to a fault). It wasn't until the second half of the book that I felt that her story became persona
... morel and harrowing enough to capture the reader's attention - and unfortunately, at this point, most people will have given up. less
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