Recently I read several books that were recommended to me by reading friends. Here is a review of one of them:
IN THE SHADOW OF THE BANYAN by Vaddey Ratner, a novel which earned 41/2 stars on Amazon. The story is told by Rami, the 7 year old narrator (whose experiences are based on those of the author of the book). The story takes place during Cambodia’s civil wars and “killing fields era”, approximately 1975-1979.
The author has a definite “gift for language” as one critic noted. Her writing is often pure poetry, especially in her descriptive passages. The reader feels she is in the time and place and is experiencing what the protagonist is experiencing.
It is “a story of survival, a story of horror and beauty, all at the same time.” It was a wonderful read which I could not put down. It would make a good book-club-read.