Saturday, April 23, 2016

Review: Stay Alive, My Son

Stay Alive, My Son Stay Alive, My Son by Pin Yathay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an outstanding memoir of survival. And the author was not trained for it, as we conventionally think of athletes, climbers, et al. having some fitness for it. I was astounded at all the turns of fortune that the author experienced, wrenched by his losses, and just simply amazed that he survived to tell the tale. The writing is good, and those especially interested in Cambodia in the time of the Khmer Rouge will find this all the more riveting. The tale also helps to destroy any illusions that communism is a utopia worth striving for or an idea at all worth holding. History matters. Thank you, Yathay.

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