By John Burgess
A poignant glimpse into the way of life of 12th Century Cambodia. need to know who have been the folks who equipped the temples, grew the rice and served within the palace defend? learn a lady of Angkor.
– sunrise Rooney, writer of Angkor – Cambodia’s Wondrous Khmer Temples
A excellent and compelling tale that vividly conjures up the dignity, violence, and wonder of the vanished Khmer empire, as informed throughout the testimony of 1 amazing lady. it is a actual page-turner of a story during which Burgess brings us into the harmful global of palace intrigues and into the lives of Angkor’s traditional people.
– Michael D. Coe, writer of Angkor and the Khmer Civilization
A girl of Angkor is a robust paintings of mind's eye that takes the reader to a far off time and position and makes the tale vividly genuine. during the voice of his heroine, Sray, John Burgess conjures a narrative of a Khmer relations whose lives are interwoven with the construction of the paranormal, mysterious temple of Angkor Wat. this can be historic fiction with a distinction – a couple of humans whose heritage has been obscured and deserted just like the tremendous shrine that for thus many centuries lay hidden within the jungle.
– David Ignatius, columnist for The Washington submit and writer of Bloodmoney
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A Woman of Angkor by John Burgess