He became famous through his academy award-winning performance as Dith Pran in the film The Killing Fields, but the key to Haing Ngor's screen success was the terrible truth of his own experiences in the rice paddies and labor camps of revolutionary Cambodia.
Here, in a memoir of life under the communist Khmer Rouge regime, he reveals the country's descent into a hell beyond our imaginings: a world of war slaves and senseless brutality, where family life simply ceases to be. But with the pain he also gives us hope and an illuminating example of how the best sort of love can actually be strengthened through the shared experience of a life-threatening ordeal. An eyewitness account of the real killing fields by an extraordinary survivor, this book is both a reminder of the horrors of war and a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.
Profound, personal, and proud . . . one of the more important autobiographies of our time. * Los Angeles Times *
Ngor shows the awful price he paid to play his role so brilliantly. His well-crafted book makes an unimaginable horror come to life. * Washington Post Book World *
A superb book . . . perhaps the best . . . so far . . . on what it is like . . . to live under the still inexplicable horrors of the Khmer Rouge. * Sunday Times *
The best book on Cambodia ever published. * Chicago Tribune *
A terrible and thrilling story. * Publishers Weekly *