Lulu in the Sky

Monday, April 23, 2012

Loung Ung talks about coming to terms with her violent childhood in Cambodia's notorious killing fields. Her new memoir, Lulu in the Sky: A Daughter of Cambodia Finds Love, Healing, and Double Happiness, is the final in a trilogy that started with First They Killed My Father, about being forced by the Khmer Rouge, and continued with Lucky Child, about her life as a refugee in Vermont. Lulu in the Sky is about her daily struggle to keep darkness and depression at bay while pursuing a life in America.


Loung Ung

Comments [4]

Ed from Larchmont

It reminds me of what the Romans did to Jesus: they beat him to the point of death, and then drained the fluids from his body, lastly, after death, the fluid that had pooled in the pericardium around his heart. And he said '..., forgive them, for they know not what they do.' What could he have meant? In part, that the motive behind this torture was the spiritual powers of evil, and that the human actors, though cooperating, didn't understand what they were participating in. And so the Khmer Rouge criminals can't really give an account of why they did what they did. They were taken over by evil, in its service. And for a person, acting in accord with evil is irrational.

Apr. 25 2012 06:01 AM
Tea from new york

I read Loung Ung's first two books. I don't think any book I ever read had such a tremendous impact on me. She puts a human face to the atrocities in Cambodia and I now have more compassion for all suffering nations around the world. Humans of all nationalities share the same basic emotions and feelings. There is so much more to say but I'll keep it brief. Thank you Loung Ung. I can't wait to read book three!

Apr. 23 2012 02:52 PM
Lamar from Manhattan

I had the opportunity to work with a young lady in 2000 who was also a refugee from Cambodia but did not want to talk about it. I imagine since, I was quasi her supervisor, disclosing her life experience to me, was inappropriate. I was familiar with the Khmer Rouge from reading about it and seeing stories in the news and she was surprised that an African American had such knowledge.

Apr. 23 2012 12:57 PM
Ed from Larchmont

The results of atheistic Communism. Hard to say how this can happen without real evil in the world.

Apr. 23 2012 12:52 PM

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