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Return to Book Page. Preview — Lucky Child by Loung Ung. After enduring years of hunger, deprivation, and devastating loss at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, ten-year-old Loung Ung became the "lucky child," the sibling chosen to accompany her eldest brother to America while her one surviving sister and two brothers remained behind.
In this poignant and elegiac memoir, Loung recalls her assimilation into an unfamiliar new culture w After enduring years of hunger, deprivation, and devastating loss at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, ten-year-old Loung Ung became the "lucky child," the sibling chosen to accompany her eldest brother to America while her one surviving sister and two brothers remained behind.
In this poignant and elegiac memoir, Loung recalls her assimilation into an unfamiliar new culture while struggling to overcome dogged memories of violence and the deep scars of war.
In alternating chapters, she gives voice to Chou, the beloved older sister whose life in war-torn Cambodia so easily could have been hers. Highlighting the harsh realities of chance and circumstance in times of war as well as in times of peace, Lucky Child is ultimately a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and to the salvaging strength of family bonds.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published April 11th by Harper Perennial first published April 1st More Details Original Title. Daughter of Cambodia 2. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Lucky Child , please sign up. Is it necesssary to read Book 1 first? Just realized there's a book 1. I only own this book, book 2. Book two picks up right where book one leaves off.
To understand what Loung and Chou are going through in the second book you need the history from the first. See 2 questions about Lucky Child…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 13, Kelsey rated it it was amazing Shelves: kelsey-s-recommendations-to-friends. This is a sequel to it. The author is a survivor of the genocide that occurred in Cambodia.
The reality of what happened there and the effects it had on individual lives and the country is unimaginable. What happened to the millions that died, and the millions more that lived, should be something we are all aware of. Loung shares her story openly and sometimes brutally.
What the Cambodians experienced is gut wrenching. Being a mother, parts are very hard to read and sad, imagining what her parents went through, watching their children starve, put into slave labor, and beaten. Jun 03, Abigail Smith rated it really liked it. The trials her family overcame are monumental! There was some foul language, but I would still recommend it as a great autobiography! May 22, Marquise Dogan rated it really liked it.
Since she had left most of her family back in Cambodia because of money reasons, she comes back to rescue and see Chou, her sister.
Throughout the story there are two perspectives of these two sisters, Loung and Chou, in the conditions in which they live in, and how they react to it, with the horrible past which they both took part because of the Khmer Rouge. There are many things which I enjoy about this book. I really enjoyed this book because there were so many moments in the story which were very heart touching and very suspenseful. For example, I really liked how Loung included the dreams that she had about her family.
Most of them were very sad and emotional, because of the loss of her family but some were happy also. I liked this because it compared and contrasted the lives between the two sisters living in two different worlds, and how they react to it completely differently.
For example, what Loung might not want to eat, Chou would love to receive any kind of food that she could get. But with this book comes some dislikes. Despite the lack of action, but very interesting plot structure, and point of views, I would definitely recommend this book to many of my friends that enjoys reading.
The suspense, and struggles between the two sisters kept me turning the page to find more about the lives between them both. The love they have for each other is very real. It is a very interesting book, and I would love to read the third book in the series.
I hope I win in it in the lottery just like how I won this one. This book was meant for me to read! Thank you Literature II Honors teacher! Finished last night. It was weird really that the whole book you get to meet the Loung who has moved to America and who is suffering from what happened to her inside but never shows how hunted she is by what happened in the war to others.
So you'd think it is a build up to how she manages to heal, how she did it? But no all of a sudden we jump from that scared Loung to a woman who is at peace with her past and meets her family.
Now I do know why it is not revealed because that is for her third boo Finished last night. Now I do know why it is not revealed because that is for her third book.
Yes I get that but why the big hole in the book and the story? Why not have left the meeting of family and so in book 3. To be honest this book could have been so much shorter. Girl who has suffered in war comes to live in America.
In every chapter girl suffers from ghosts of her past but nobody knows. Then big gap girl is woman now takes plane to finally meet family. Woman happy. Jan 20, Adrian rated it liked it. Sequel to "First they Killed my Father", the tale of the Cambodian genocide of its intellectuals at the hands of the Khmer Rouge in the s. This book picks up where the other left off - Loung Ong escaped to America with her brother and his wife after the fall of the Khmer Rouge, and this tells the story of her trying to find her place in a new country while also dealing with all the trauma from her suffering in Cambodia.
It also tells the story of her sister, who stayed behind in Cambodia, be Sequel to "First they Killed my Father", the tale of the Cambodian genocide of its intellectuals at the hands of the Khmer Rouge in the s. It also tells the story of her sister, who stayed behind in Cambodia, because they didn't have enough money to send everyone to the US. Also an excellent book, and certainly made me feel damn lucky myself for not having to deal with anything like this while growing up.
Feb 11, Andreea Lucau rated it it was amazing. This book is based on a real story. They left behind their family, hoping they would be able to help them from abroad. The book tells the story of their reunion from two points of view: Loung's and her sister Chou, who was left behind. What impressed me the most was how hard if was for Loung to let of of the ghost of the past and embrace her new life.
She needed a really long ti This book is based on a real story. She needed a really long time to think of Cambodia as her home and not a place of suffering and death. Jan 09, Karen Beath rated it really liked it. This is the follow up to the book 'First they killed my father' and while the story is quite different it is no less compelling. It concurrently follows the journey of Loung as she leaves Cambodia and starts a new life growing up in the US, and her sister Chou as she is forced to grow up quickly in Cambodia.
It is a fascinating look at the problems facing refugees who move to a country where they have a language and cultural barrier. Loung sums this up well when she says her Cambodian friends tho This is the follow up to the book 'First they killed my father' and while the story is quite different it is no less compelling.
Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind
In her second memoir, Ung picks up where her first, the National Book Award—winning First They Killed My Father , left off, with the author escaping a devastated Cambodia in at age 10 and flying to her new home in Vermont. Though she embraces her American life—which carries advantages ranging from having a closet of her own to getting a formal education and enjoying The Brady Bunch —she can never truly leave her Cambodian life behind. She and her eldest brother, with whom she escaped, left behind their three other siblings. This book is alternately heart-wrenching and heartwarming, as it follows the parallel lives of Loung Ung and her closest sister, Chou, during the 15 years it took for them to reunite. Loung effectively juxtaposes chapters about herself and her sister to show their different worlds: while the author's meals in America are initially paid for with food stamps, Chou worries about whether she'll be able to scrounge enough rice; Loung is haunted by flashbacks, but Chou is still dodging the Khmer Rouge; and while Loung's biggest concern is fitting in at school, Chou struggles daily to stay alive. Loung's first-person chapters are the strongest, replete with detailed memories as a child who knows she is the lucky one and can't shake the guilt or horror.
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The memoir chronicles her adjustment to life in the U. It also tells of the experiences of her surviving family members in Cambodia during the ensuing warfare between Vietnamese troops and the Khmer Rouge. Lucky Child covers the period of until Each chapter alternates between their stories. Loung lives in Vermont as a refugee with her older brother Meng and his wife Eang. Meng only had enough money to bring one of his siblings with him, so he had to leave the rest of his family. He chose Loung to come with him because she was the youngest, ten years old upon leaving Cambodia; hence, she is the "lucky child.
Lucky Child : A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind
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