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Never Fall Down files Never Fall Down, read online Never Fall Down, free Never Fall Down, free Never Fall Down, Never Fall Down 1b6e1cb34 This National Book Award Nominee From Two Time Finalist Patricia McCormick Is The Unforgettable Story Of Arn Chorn Pond, Who Defied The Odds To Survive The Cambodian Genocide Of And The Labor Camps Of The Khmer RougeBased On The True Story Of Cambodian Advocate Arn Chorn Pond, And Authentically Told From His Point Of View As A Young Boy, This Is An Achingly Raw And Powerful Historical Novel About A Child Of War Who Becomes A Man Of Peace It Includes An Author S Note And Acknowledgments From Arn Chorn Pond HimselfWhen Soldiers Arrive In His Hometown, Arn Is Just A Normal Little Boy But After The Soldiers March The Entire Population Into The Countryside, His Life Is Changed ForeverArn Is Separated From His Family And Assigned To A Labor Camp Working In The Rice Paddies Under A Blazing Sun, He Sees The Other Children Dying Before His Eyes One Day, The Soldiers Ask If Any Of The Kids Can Play An Instrument Arn S Never Played A Note In His Life, But He VolunteersThis Decision Will Save His Life, But It Will Pull Him Into The Very Center Of What We Know Today As The Killing Fields And Just As The Country Is About To Be Liberated, Arn Is Handed A Gun And Forced To Become A Soldier

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    I knew about a movie titled The Killing Fields for years, but never knew that the movie was about one of the world s worst genocidal atrocities This past summer I spent some time in both Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, Cambodia during a month long backpacking trip through Southeast Asia We went to the Killing Fields at the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and I walked around in a stunned silence as I listened to the audioguide in my ear describe what I was looking at The Killing Tree, where the Khmer Rouge slammed babies head first against its trunk before throwing them in a ditch, enormous ditches that marked mass graves of almost 9,000 people at that one site, how bone fragments and shreds of cloth still surface after the rainy season and a Buddhist stupa memorial filled with human skulls, many of which have marks of being assaulted by an ax Never in my life have I felt like of an ignorant American How did I never learn about such recent history 1975 1979people are just NOW being brought to trial for their involvement in school The whole experience was so incomprehensible, this is actually my first attempt to put any of it into words So when I heard about this new YA novel, based on the true survival story of Arn Chorn Pond, a few months after I got home, I couldn t wait to get my hands on a copy in hopes of better understanding what I saw and learned about at Choeung Ek.It s hard not to give this book 5 stars, even though it was really hard to read I wanted to cry or throw up after reading practically every page, and it s the first book I ve read where I actually found myself questioning whether the material is appropriate for a young adult audience Then I frequently reminded myself that this is, for the most part, Arn s story This is what he really lived through in his attempt to survive the Khmer Rouge through his musical ingenious and pure luck And everyone, young and old, should read his story so we can better understand what human beings are capable of, what they can survive and how we need to prevent history like this from ever repeating itself.

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    Personally I think the Cambodian Genocide is an event that needs to be taught in schools in North America, not to scare kids, but to show them how some people survived, beat the odds and lived to share their story of this frightening 1970 s turmoil Never Fall Down is a fictional memoir based on true events and based on a real person, a boy who lived through the horrific years of the Pol Pot Regime It s disturbing, but well written and undeniably important.

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    general piece of advice to anyone who approaches the blank box with the intention of writing a pleasing to the eye review do not read one of mike reynolds reviews first it will make you walk away from the computer in utter discouragement arn chorn pond was a young child when the khmer rouge decided to unleash on cambodia a mayhem that resulted in the extermination of one quarter of the population notice that the khmer rouge were themselves cambodian since the book is told from arn s point of view, in the first person, and arn is a young child, you don t get an explanation for why this madness happened, so for that i remand you to wikipedia, where i will go myself after i finish writing this review as a grown up and a survivor, arn has been and continues to be an activist on behalf of his country and his people, which, i understand, are quite some way from healing the internecine genocide happened in the mid 70s patricia mccormick found him, interviewed him for two years, did a ton of supplemental research, then wrote this book in arn s own voice arn never mastered english so the book is in broken english i tend to have little patience for westerners who tell other peoples stories i figure those other peoples can tell their own stories and the orientalizing and ogling comes across as invariably pornographic to me not this time although she put her own name as the sole author, mccormick acknowledges implicit co authorship with arn chorn pond in the back flap mostly, though, the book is so sparse, so short, so perfectly distilled, you feel there is no pleasure in mccormick s writing except insofar as she can reproduce arn s voice and this voice, gosh, this voice is amazing truly genuinely amazing i have always been lousy at learning history, but i figure that one can learn history from stories people tell you and from stories you read in novels i know something, now, about the cambodian genocide i know something about the unspeakable trauma of child soldiers i know something about what it means for a kid who has killed killed killed to be brought to america and asked to be an american kid i know something about the terrible violence that comes not only from forcing children to kill but also from forcing them to go back to being children and behaving as such these children have wielded unconscionable power these children have led platoons these children have made terrible, open eyed, clear minded choices these children have survived unimaginable conditions through smarts, cunning, and a great capacity for reading people and circumstances there children are geniuses and experts you can t take a child like that and stick him in an american high school this book has made me think about our desperate compulsion to infantilize children, so that children have to find ways to be the much mature beings they are in ways that are hidden from us children, it seems, are asked from very early on to be multiple creatures creatures that please their parents understanding of childhood, their teachers understanding of childhood, the commercial world s understanding of childhood, and, finally, and hopefully, their own understanding of themselves i got all this from reading Kathryn Bond Stockton s The Queer Child, or Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century and then reflecting back on my own bedraggled childhood in the light of stockton s book and of my own thinking back, this book was immensely poignant to me also, it s gorgeous i am now a patricia mccormick fan.

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    Part audiobook via overdrive app, part paperback You show you care, you die.You show you fear, you die.You show nothing, maybe you live Long time I been on my own, but now really I m alone I survive the killing, the starving, all the hate of the Khmer Rouge, but I think maybe now I will die of this, of broken heart All the time you fighting, you think only of how to survive All the time you survive, you wonder why you don t die But now my life can be something different Now, in America, I don t have to fight I don t have to survive I can chose a new thing to live An important story to tell but the way she chose tell it made it hard to get into the story sometimes I felt kept at a distance during some things that should have had me feeling for Arn and what him and the others were going through.Not that I had a stone heart throughout all this, I just wasn t as invested as I wanted to be I seem to be in the minority here and that s okay we all don t love the same things after all would still recommend You may feel differently about it.

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    As was true with her National Book Award finalist, Sold, Patricia McCormick uses her fiction writing skills and her journalistic writing ability to share a child victim s harrowing tale In this case it is Arn Chorn Pond, survivor of the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia Never Fall Down, named for one of the first things the captured boy learned to survive, travels the full arc of his experience, from the last days of normalcy before the Khmer Rouge takeover through the years of captivity, forced labor, and eventual conscription as a Khmer Rouge soldier when the Vietnamese invaded And as was the case with Sold, this is a young adult book with some adult themes, in this case, violence, death, murder, and other atrocities At times the descriptions get quite graphic Adding to the effect is McCormick s decision to tell it as Arn himself would after he has learned but not mastered all the nuances of English The contrast of this young, naive voice in broken English and the brutality it witnesses is stark, adding to the effect Example We walk three day One long line of kid, all in black, one black snake with five hundred eye Very tire, my leg heavy like boulder, my mind think only of the next step, then one step, just walking, no thinking, no caring Some kid die on the way They die walking Some kid cry for their parent or say they tire, they hungry They get shot or maybe stab with the bayonet Now we don t even look We only walk.In its way, Never Fall Down reminded me of Elie Wiesel s Night, where we start with a healthy, happy boy, and end with a shadow, physically and mentally It would make a perfect companion read, in fact It is short, easy to read, and wise in its straightforward style of narration McCormick lets the horror speak for itself And, as was the case with the young Wiesel in 1943 Hungary, Arn faces choiceless choices in his bid to survive, to someday reunite with his family He uses considerable guile around adults and learns how to make himself valuable through his musical ability Still, Death is at his elbow most every page of the book, and the motives of various Khmer Rouge soldiers are always suspect, lending the book a sustained sense of horror and suspense.As you might expect, happy endings are hard to come by for people who go through such trauma Arn is no exception Author McCormick spent countless hours interviewing not only Chorn Pond but surviving family members, his American adoptive family members, and even former members of the Khmer Rouge he interacted with Many of these people now live in a northern enclave of Cambodia, and McCormick and Chorn Pond flew together to meet the most important one for what must have been a memorable reunion and interview to make this book as accurate as possible I asked Arn difficult, probing questions about his actions, McCormick writes in the Author s Note, the heroic and the horrific I verified, as much as possible, the truth of his story Then I wrote his story as a novel Like all survivors, Arn can recall certain experiences in chilling detail others he can tell only in vague generalities So I added to his recollections with my own research and my own imagination to fill in the missing pieces The truth, I believe, is right there between the lines It s a sobering truth, too one that once again reminds us there are no depths to which man is incapable of sinking.

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    The rich, they chase you if you steal their thiNgs Poor people, they the one who share All the old clothes, our old lifE, one big pile, is on fire now And gone To live with nothing in your stomach and a gun in your face, is that liVing or is that dying a little bit every day Be like the grass BEnd low, bend low, then bend lower The wind blow one way, you blow that way But now the Khmer Rouge, they win They kill my family in my mind Death is just my daily liFe now I let him die Because now I m A ghost myself to cover the sound of the kiLLing, but you hear it anyhow Sickening sound Skull cracking You hear it every day Death is every day One day you are comraDe The next day corpse You not living And you nOt dead You living dead Why Why I m so bad He didn t do anything to me But I need to survive I need to eat Before, I kill human being, and now I kill this little animal Why Because every minute I have to think about surviving Every minute But now my life can be something different Now, in America, I don t have to fight I don t have to survive I can chose a new thing to live Even if I want to die I can t Survive That the only thing I can do

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    I I really don t know how to review this Or rate it Will need to give it some thought

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    This story was heart breaking It is based on a true story of a little boy who managed to survive the 1970 s genocide in Cambodia, many members of his family were not so lucky He learned harsh life lessons and used that knowledge to get him through some horrific trials The author is a journalist I thought that telling this story from the POV of a child was brilliant, even though it took me a bit of time to get used to the choppy pigeon English My thought is that maybe the pigeon English wasn t necessary This still could have been told through the eyes of a child without that The child POV was still brilliant though because it masked some of the horror he had to live Well maybe not masked because it was plain to see that these events were truly horrific, but maybe the word cushioned might be accurate As painful as this was, it was worth the read.

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