2 1/2 Stars
You have to loooooove history to get into this book. I do. Or at least I thought I did but maybe I don't so much.
I read a memoir I expect history; I need history to understand the
background of someones story. Ideally, I would like 80% personal story
and 20% history, (the 20% expertly woven into the memoir in such a way
that I dont even realize I'm getting a history lesson).
is the opposite. 80% history and 20% personal story. Preeeeeetty dry at
times. I will admit that by the time I was 50% through the book I
started to skim. I just wanted to 'get to the story'.
like this: when someone has limited knowledge of a subject (as I do when
it comes to Vietnam) and they are then force fed every detail of every
aspect of ancient and modern history, each dynasty, each king, and then
every revolt thrown in for good measure, their brain (my brain) starts
spinning. It cant help it.
And while my brain is busy making me
carsick I round a bend and lo and behold! more background; this time the
author's personal familial history (and to be fair, that is, after all,
why we are reading this book)....ah! But where to start? How
about....yes! I think this should suffice! 400 years ago...
Don't get me wrong; its all interesting stuff. Seriously. But its..just. too. much.
BOTTOM LINE: If you love history more than life itself give this a go.
you don't, but enjoy a good historical memoir written about this time
period but in Cambodia, I suggest you try "Mother and the Tiger "
MY RATING : PG 13
Many thanks to NetGalley for giving me a digital copy of this book in exchange for a review.