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In the Shadow of the Banyan - A Novel

Vaddey Ratner

Told from the tender perspective of a young girl who comes of age amid the Cambodian killing fields, this searing first novel-based on the author's personal story-has been hailed by Little Bee author Chris Cleave as "a masterpiece…utterly heartbreaking and impossibly beautiful." For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital. Soon the family's world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus. Over the next four years, as she endures the deaths of family members, starvation, and brutal forced labor, Raami clings to the only remaining vestige of childhood-the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father. In a climate of systematic violence where memory is sickness and justification for execution, Raami fights for her improbable survival. Displaying the author's extraordinary gift for language, In the Shadow of the Banyan is testament to the transcendent power of narrative and a brilliantly wrought tale of human resilience.

Told from the tender perspective of a young girl who comes of age amid the Cambodian killing fields, this searing first novel-based on the author's personal story-has been hailed by Little Bee author Chris Cleave as "a masterpiece…utterly heartbreaking and impossibly beautiful." For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital. Soon the family's world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus. Over the next four years, as she endures the deaths of family members, starvation, and brutal forced labor, Raami clings to the only remaining vestige of childhood-the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father. In a climate of systematic violence where memory is sickness and justification for execution, Raami fights for her improbable survival. Displaying the author's extraordinary gift for language, In the Shadow of the Banyan is testament to the transcendent power of narrative and a brilliantly wrought tale of human resilience.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Told from the tender perspective of a young girl who comes of age amid the Cambodian killing fields, this searing first novel-based on the author's personal story-has been hailed by Little Bee author Chris Cleave as "a masterpiece…utterly heartbreaking and impossibly beautiful." For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital. Soon the family's world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus. Over the next four years, as she endures the deaths of family members, starvation, and brutal forced labor, Raami clings to the only remaining vestige of childhood-the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father. In a climate of systematic violence where memory is sickness and justification for execution, Raami fights for her improbable survival. Displaying the author's extraordinary gift for language, In the Shadow of the Banyan is testament to the transcendent power of narrative and a brilliantly wrought tale of human resilience.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Greta Lee

Length:

13h 20m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:39


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

22:37


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

21:43


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

13:54


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

18:37


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

21:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

23:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

26:48


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:51


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

16:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

28:09


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:50


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

18:52


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

16:55


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

21:05


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

15:21


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

16:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

21:00


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

14:52


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

16:43


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

19:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

28:41


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

21:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

23:03


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

26:02


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

15:41


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

24:11


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:43


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

19:57


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

24:43


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

17:21


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

18:42


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

25:43


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

19:46


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

16:41


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

20:27


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

24:43


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

14:45


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

22:48


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

18:05


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

20:47


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

10:07


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

01:15