Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Last Journey to Phnom Penh

Just finished reading this incredible book about the gruesome history of Cambodia. Not sure if it exist in English though. This documentary of a book revolves around the writer, Jesper Hour, in his search for his father. His Father was a Cambodian man, who left his Swedish wife and two year old son in 1977 to travel back to his home country to be a part of the on going revolution, and never came back. The book gives you a good look into the minds of several Cambodians during the revolution, somehow makes you understand how they didn't believe what the media wrote about their home country and voluntarily returned home. It is a great book about relationships between friends, and also family, and a great book about the dark history of country which once were the greatest during the Khmer Empire, which lasted from approximately the 9th to the 15th century.

I've always been fascinated by history so I was captured by this book, I had a hard time putting it down as soon as I started reading. It's a thin but heavy book, because of all the historic and political details, sometimes it might be a bit hard to keep track of it all. But the book is good, some stories about the killing fields makes the chills go down your spine. It is truly well written.

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