In the Shadow of the Banyan
Publish date: September 1st 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
Raami, a precocious Cambodian child-princess, narrates this sobering tale of life and loss. It is a fictional version of the author's own family history during the Khmer Rouge's devastating power grab in 1975. Their motto "To destroy you is no loss, to preserve you is no gain" wasn't an idle threat,...
Ratner tells us in her author's note that "Raami's story is in essence my own." This is a novel about love and survival and the power of stories. Raami is just seven-years-old when the novel begins, when the Khmer Rouge comes to power. The murderous regime over the course of four years was responsi...
This was a difficult and painful book to read, especially knowing that it was essentially autobiography. Well written and worth reading, despite the sadness. It's also something I didn't know as much about as I guess I should have.
A powerful, eloquent debut novel about a Cambodian family experiencing the upheavel and terror in the time of the Khmer Rouge told from a young girl's perspective.
I found this one to be a chilling narrative of the brutality that the Khmer Rouge brought to the people of Cambodia in the 1970's. Told from the point of view of a child, Raami, in one day her family and comfortable life is swept away when the revolutionaries evacuate Phnom Pehn, and one by one, Raa...