Wow, what a love story enveloped with the history of that brutal Cambodian time in the late 70's. I like the clipped way Kim Echlin wrote, never bogging us down from getting on with it. As a widow I can relate to how Anne clung, tasted and felt the passion of their early love that sustained her for a lifetime. The musical story and artists were also something my partner and I shared.
having heard Echlin at a reading for her latest book, I decided to make the plunge into this book, which has been on my list for a couple of years but have been avoiding for fear of the subject.
I enjoyed 2 of her earlier books and found this one to be poetic and enticing despite the killing fields.
obsession - both governmental and personal - rules hearts and minds
In the 1970s, Anne and Serey are in jazzy Montreal whereby she grows up by a single dad, but falls for Serey hard. Serey is an immigrant from Cambodia who plays music and is free, but wishes to see his family back in Cambodia. Follow their journey together and apart with love, loss and heartache in this poetic story.
It was beautifully written and poetic. I acknowledge that it is a superior work of fiction but on a gut level I found Anne selfish and self absorbed. She never had a thought to how her desires endangered the people around her. She had no thought except for her obsession. I understand it while it was happening but years later there was no reflection. Her love for her father is shown after he is dead? Whats up with that. At the end of the book I wanted to strangle her.
The plot was good and the historical portrayal of Cambodia however I found the writing style just a little hard to follow. The constant use of "you" detracted from the story.
Montreal girl falls in love with Cambodian student , He goes home t find his family after the 'killing fields' of Pol Pot. She goes to search for him
Recommend for Erika
Finalist for Barnes & Noble's 2010 Discover Great New Writers Awards.
Anne Greves, a sixteen year old meets & falls in love with Serey, a Cambodia student who is forced to stay in Montreal during Pol Pot's reign of terror & the Cambodian genocide of 1975 - 1979. Rhythmic prose of run on sentences adds to thedescription of the utter horror of the time.
Incredibly well written.
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