Sinarth

Sinarth The setting sun headed yet again to the dragging horizon throwing halos of ever expanding light into the clouds its fiery orange streaking the water in paths leading all the way back to Cambodia Sin

  • Title: Sinarth
  • Author: karl levy
  • ISBN: 9780994474704
  • Page: 449
  • Format: ebook
  • The setting sun headed yet again to the dragging horizon, throwing halos of ever expanding light into the clouds, its fiery orange streaking the water in paths leading all the way back to Cambodia.Sinarth heard the explosion just before it blew out his hearing, like a bazooka firing, then felt a faraway thud of a crumpled body hitting the ground from a height Everything wThe setting sun headed yet again to the dragging horizon, throwing halos of ever expanding light into the clouds, its fiery orange streaking the water in paths leading all the way back to Cambodia.Sinarth heard the explosion just before it blew out his hearing, like a bazooka firing, then felt a faraway thud of a crumpled body hitting the ground from a height Everything went black except for a few last vestiges of light shrinking slowly to a pinprick before puffing out to grey.Everyone is levelled looking after each other, whether in battle or in death, there being no rank among the dead.In the end, all is in vain, life is a privilege.This book is based on the real life account of an ordinary boy s extraordinary journey to adulthood in Cambodia after the U.S left Indochina in 1975, taking us through genocide, battle, the sorrow of loss and the discovery of all encompassing love.Writing this book entailed countless interviews and numerous journeys with Sinarth over three years visiting places from his past The result is a story of Sinarth s life as an emotional interpretation, from childhood through to adulthood From this perspective, his perception of events was often in conflict with the historical reality The recollections of these incidents are tempered by time, combined with the Buddhist approach Sinarth learned later in his life This gave him the tools to evade overwhelming trauma, by remembering negative events as positive and skewing memories.An important note is that many separate, though very similar, characters were involved in Sinarth s life at different times over the forty years covered in this book For the sake of brevity and through use of poetic licence, I have often combined several people into one character Many incidents of violent battles, of love and genuine care, I have merged into single events I have created metaphors for various emotional responses to real situations, inventing scenes at times to communicate those feelings These aspects are woven together into a single tapestry to tell the story.Hopefully, this book sheds light on Sinarth s life s journey and serves as a cautionary tale, that it could have been any one of us through happenstance placed in his situation His story is representative of events experienced by many Cambodians, each story comparable, but every Cambodian completes a different journey.

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    1. A vivid recount of a boy soldier's experience through the Khmer Rouge period and the following years. An interesting exploration of femininity and masculinity as embodied in the natural and man made forces bearing down and present within the landscape of Cambodia. Spanning centuries of history, Sinarth threads together the links between past and present, ancient and current nations, bringing to me a deeper understanding and perspective of South East Asian culture, I would not have otherwise fath [...]

    2. I purchased this book from the author while in Cambodia and waited until recently to read it. It was a page turner from the beginning, with a huge narrative and respect for the geography and history of Southeast Asia. The main character, Sinarth, begins as a simple child and is transformed irrecovably by the war against the Khymer Rouge. The feeling of war and in particular, this war are communicated superbly. It is a rich expression of a Cambodian boy's life from childhood through the trials of [...]

    3. *Won in a giveaway, Giving an honest review in return*WowWhat can I say. Sinarth joined the military as a young teen and left a man. He was full of will. A will to live so strong not even multiple bullets, land mines or Khmer Rogue could take it away from him.This book was incredibly well written. At some points I felt like I was in Cambodia. I could hear the foxes. I feel the bites of the mosquitoes. I could smell the flowers. The Death I could smell it all. I hope to read this book again some [...]

    4. A vivid recount of a boy soldier's experience through the Khmer Rouge period and the following years. An interesting exploration of femininity and masculinity as embodied in the natural and man made forces bearing down and present within the landscape of Cambodia. Spanning centuries of history, Sinarth threads together the links between past and present, ancient and current nations, bringing to me a deeper understanding and perspective of South East Asian culture, I would not have otherwise fath [...]

    5. So many emotions when reading this. I couldn't imagine going through what the Cambodian people had to go through. It really sheds a light on what happens to countries after the US invades and pulls out. I can see similar books like this coming out from Afghanistan and Iraq in a few years.

    6. I was so pleased to have won this book in a recent First Reads giveaway.This is one book that will remain in my bookcase. It is hard to imagine life at the time of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, but had a fair idea as I was in my early 20's when this horrendous genocide took place. I am not going to write about the book as I will only be repeating what other reviewers have written. Recommended.

    7. Levy’s Sinarth encapsulates layers of sensory experiences during the strife of war and beyond in Cambodia. Reading such details that the book describes, I recommend one consume each passage slowly, letting each sentence be a conjurer to immerse one’s thoughts into synchronicity with the protagonist in his past environment- Cambodia’s nature and crumbling society; the heavy rains of the wet seasons; the sounds and smells of life that brims everywhere; and the heat and dust of the dry season [...]

    8. "Sinarth: A Dedication To Life" depicts a powerful picture of a young boy who experienced things that most people never experienced in a lifetime. He saw his life get swept away in one swift motion. He went from being a happy, contented boy who had a loving family to being a boy who saw horrors which few boys ever experienced. He lost his parents, friends, siblings and that is only a glimpse of what he went through. This book reminds us that this could have happened to any of us. Any one of use [...]

    9. This is an excellent book, with just the correct amount of background history. I think there was a very good balance between the portrayal of the horror of the Khmer Rouge period while making it palatable to read through the Buddhist viewpoint of Sinarth, his friendships and his miraculous journey. Levy provides rich descriptions of the rural backdrop of bucolic landscapes, villages, people and their livestock amidst a ruthless era of unconscionable cruelty. The story about how Sinarth survived [...]

    10. What a story! Karl Levy's book begins in the mystical tranquil and beautiful jungles of Laos where you are a "babe in the woods" and never suspect that the remnants of the holocaust there lay just beneath the silent breath-taking landscape; as they do still in the form of unexploded landmines, cluster-bombs and such. Just as he reveals to you the horrors still hidden by the lush greenery of Laos, so Levy's book unravels the madness and horror of Cambodia 1975 before your very eyes as it unfolded [...]

    11. Sinarth is a truly remarkable read: a vivid biography of one boy soldier’s life of horror and hope during Pol Pots regime of genocide from 1975 to 1992. Karl Levy’s lucid retelling of Sinarth’s sudden transformation from a happy, river swimming child to one caught in the middle of Cambodia’s chaotic horror. Two million Cambodians, forsaken by all nations in the world, except Vietnam, were lost to Pol Pot’s Marxist revolution for the sake of revolution.You’d expect Sinarth’s major s [...]

    12. This book takes us to a twisting and tragic life of a simple Siem Reap boy who had a promising life but was all made naught because of the Khmer Rouge and war which left him broken, lost and desperate. The book has good narratives but I feel that it spends too much time on the pretext whereas the climax was very shortened. In other words, the central plots of his life was only covered by 1/3 of the book. In addition, the book seems undecided about whether to focus more on his life before the war [...]

    13. I deem Sinarth by Karl Levy as the better-read book, depicting vividly a childhood life of Sinarth in the country shattered by many years of civil war and the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime in which millions of lives were put to death. Resulting from reading this book, I was brought into another aspect of history that one of Cambodian boys, transforming from fear to bravery, felt obliged to serve as a soldier with others to fight for the sake of revolution/ nation, but seemingly, to fight to survi [...]

    14. This review is from the author. Sinarth is a book that concentrates philosophically on the pluralities of the realities of a boy soldier in Cambodia. It examines his emotions including fear, arrogance, pride, terror, love in the Pol Pot genocidal period, as a boy soldier and in the sorrow of post war Cambodia. It is not a history of the period, nor is it a factual biography. It is a record of the emotional connection of an ordinary boy left in Cambodia to Pol Pot's communists and the surrounding [...]

    15. This review is from the author. Sinarth is a book that concentrates philosophically on the pluralities of the realities of a boy soldier in Cambodia. It examines his emotions including fear, arrogance, pride, terror, love in the Pol Pot genocidal period, as a boy soldier and in the sorrow of post war Cambodia. It is not a history of the period, nor is it a factual biography. It is a record of the emotional connection of an ordinary boy left in Cambodia to Pol Pot's communists and the surrounding [...]

    16. I enjoyed this book for a number of reasons, but the standout for me is that it's based on a true life experience which is almost too incredible to imagine. Having spent time in Cambodia I realise its also telling the story of so many other Cambodians who have equally incredible stories to tell, however Sinarth's personal recollection is what brings the book to life and this has been handled brilliantly by the Author. The meticulous research, interviews, translations and then the artistry of com [...]

    17. I met the author Karl Levy (along with Sinarth himself) at the War Museum in Cambodia and was instantly taken by Karl's approach, opinions and knowledge of what had transpired during the Khmer Rouge/Pol Pot era. It was quite extraordinary too to hear the account of Sinarth's experiences directly and then re-visit his experiences of the boy soldier in the narrative. A displaced child thrust into a mindless and savage decimation of a country and its people. The devastation witnessed through the ey [...]

    18. I have been read this book since january and it is one the interesting book that i have read before is about one of the boy soldier in cambodia call SINARTH and also included with the Indochina ward show how they lived though the khmer rouge period and the experience of sinarthwhat i want to re common if you have chance to visit cambodia do not forget go the visit cambodia war museum that is one of the place that you can get a good experience of cambodia civil war especially during the khmer ro [...]

    19. I bought the hard copy at an author book signing event in Cambodia. I have been living in Cambodian villages for three years and have experienced the Cambodian culture very deeply. I must say that this book took me on a journey that resonated with my own experiences of immersing into the lives of the families who had been directly impacted by the Khmer Rouge and Vietnam war.The book was an easy read however it got me emotionally jolted and inspired me to see through the dark history of war and b [...]

    20. Sinarth by Karl Levy, What an amazing read. Kudos to the author for bringing a 'dedication of life', to life. Mr Levy has harnessed the essence of a fractured life of a child soldier from the fight against the Pol Pot reign of horror. I thoroughly recommend this Goodread. You won't be disappointed !

    21. I was captivated from the first word to the very last. I thought as I was reading each chapter that it couldn't possibly get any worse but actually did which had a hold on me to keep reading to find the happy ending on the last page. War is peace in the end because there appeared nothing left to fight for in the end but your family. FAMILY IS NO 1!. Karl well done!

    22. The book is about Sinarth, his experience of the Khmer Rouge period and the years after. I could not put this book down, devouring it within a few nights. Highly recommended!

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