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    Pin Yathay(Author)
The author, a Cambodian refugee recounts how he escaped from the Khmer Rouge."

"This memoir describes in harrowing detail life in the early years of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. . . Written in the hope that his missing son might see the book and be reunited with his father, Pin's memoir is a direct, honest account of his two years on the prison farm."-MultiCultural Review, June 2001

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  • PDF | 264 pages
  • Pin Yathay(Author)
  • Touchstone; American ed. edition (15 Oct. 1988)
  • English
  • 2
  • Biography
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  • By Carol on 18 August 2017

    An extremely difficult book to read considering the harrowing content of the true story of a man's survival of the pol pot regime in Cambodia. But a very well written and measured book that anyone interested in this area of history and human resilience should read with a box of tissues.

  • By andykennedy84@hotmail.com on 21 November 2001

    This is a story about the survival of a man in one of the most derifying regimes in history. This tells of Pin Yathay's struggle against the ruthless Khmer Rouge. It explains how he lost his whole family to illness, execution, starvation, exhaustion and mere disappearance. It is amazing to realise that other countries are out under so much terror by a brainwashed minority. This book is an easy read, however is very difficult to come to terms with the scale of things. The year before Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge came to power, Cambodia had a population of almost 8 million; after five years in power, the population had been reduced to just over five and a half million people. I would recommend this to anybody interested in hitory, or who wants something to read. I will guarantee this will be very hard to put down.

  • By Ruth W on 18 March 2011

    Words cannot describe the impact this book had on me. I have never been so moved by something I have read. It brings to life the unimaginable suffering inflicted by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in an honest compelling and easy to read style. It's hard to read, because it shows how easily evil can spread. But it is also an extremely inspiring book because it shows the remarkable endurance of the human spirit and the love between families which the khmer rouge couldn't destroy.

  • By J. R. Ekins on 30 June 2004

    This book is an inspiring story of survival in the most appalling circumstances. This is very much in the mode of those books by Loung Ung, Haing Ngor and Chanrithy Him. It is not a "I was there too" story.There is a really dreadful incident while the author and a small group are attempting to escape to Thailand. The group breaks up, possibly having been spotted by a Khmer Rouge patrol. The author, his wife and another woman, continue on, and eventually they get split up in the jungle. Suddenly there is the realisation that the author is alone. I read on, gripped, expecting or hoping that that somehow they would meet again, but no they didn't. Sometime later he reflects some time later on what may have happened to his wife (possibly succumbed to starvation, captured by a patrol, eaten by an animal).Buy it, and try and imagine how bad the Khmer Rouge really were.

  • By trand on 23 October 2010

    I remember watching the telly and seeing Khmer soldiers marching, it is such a shame that the World stood by and let this happen, I also spent 6mths in Cambodia,doing charity work and visited most of the places in this book,and it was quite haunting and disturbing to actually walk the routes, and places detailed in this book when reading this book,( my first time in Cambodia,) you can actually feel the pain and fear of this man but no-one can ever truely experiance what he actually went through,of all the books I have read about human endurance this is the most compelling, and gripping I will be keeping tabs on this copy as my last one somehow got lost being passed from hand to hand, this is most definatly a must read ...

  • By Nicola Arthur on 2 May 2004

    I found this book was excellently written and very moving. The author has such a terrible time under the Khmer Rouge regime and then has to take the agonising decision that to escape and have a chance of surviving with his wife he will have to leave his son behind. I do not have children myself but I can imagine that this must be the most awful thing for any parent to do. Even after he's left his son and escaped, you hope him and his wife will get to safety but then they are parted and he is left completely alone. This book was heart wrenching and I don't think you could fail to be moved by the horrors he endures and the decisions he faces.

  • By keen reader on 24 March 2015

    In 1975 Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge's marched into Phnom Penh and so began his murderous and insane campaign to put into place Year Zero in Cambodia. This personal account really brings the full weight and horror of what millions endured. Anyone with glasses, pale skin or a well paying job was seemingly regarded as an intellectual and therefore an enemy. The madness and contradictions of Pol Pot (he after all was once a teacher and studied in Paris) and his regime are exposed in their full maddening horror. Yathay tells of the camps, the re-education and the barbaric treatment, starvation and murder he and those around him found themselves suddenly trapped inside. This details his escape from the country and into neighbouring Thailand. This is a must read for anyone with even the slightest interest in one of the darkest chapters in modern S E Asia.

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