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Antonia Hall

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  • In the Shadow of the Banyan: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Vaddey Ratner
    • Narrated By Greta Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (204)

    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.

    Melinda says: "A Terrible Tale from A Beautiful Storywriter"
    "Beautiful imagery"
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    If you could sum up In the Shadow of the Banyan in three words, what would they be?

    Poignant, sad, hopeful.






    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the beautiful imagery of Cambodia and the descriptions of Cambodian traditions. Also, the author's description of the resilience of Rami's family.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Rami and her father discover the prayer temple at the Buddhist monastery; they are led there by a servant who knows Rami's father and invites him to write in the sacred space.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Cambodia during the Pol Pot regime -- how one family's stories and tradition kept hope alive.


    Any additional comments?

    The best part of this book is probably the author's afterword -- she is the voice of Rami, the main character; it will bring tears to your eyes.

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