Survival for Ki Lim and Sang Ly is a daily battle at Stung Mean Chey, the largest municipal waste dump in all of Cambodia. They make their living scavenging recyclables from the trash. Life would be hard enough without the worry for their chronically ill child, Nisay, and the added expense of medicines that are not working. Just when things seem worst, Sang Ly learns a secret about the ill-tempered rent collector who comes demanding money - a secret that sets in motion a tide that will change the life of everyone it sweeps past. The Rent Collector is a story of hope, of one woman's journey to save her son and another woman's chance at redemption. It demonstrates that even in a dump in Cambodia - perhaps especially in a dump in Cambodia - everyone deserves a second chance.
©2012 Camron Wright (P)2013 Shadow Mountain
This hasn't been my favorite book, but overall, it's a good story. The story started off slow and I found the characters frustrating. It was also a bit predictable. At first I thought I'd be returning it, but decided to keep going. By the end, the writing had improved and the overall story was much better.
* It provides some different perspectives on life.
* Introduces you to some different ways of thinking, even if they are frustrating.
* Simple writing. I think the book could easily be read and understood by someone in 6th grade on up.
* Was a touching story, even though it was a bit cliché.
* Story is really simplistic, which made it less captivating.
* The narration took some getting used to and detracted from the story.
* Found the character's personalities to be a little too conveniently crafted to tell the story, which made it harder to identify with them.
The characters were well-developed. When I finished reading the book, I felt like I would miss my old friends.
I like that the characters had interesting backgrounds. In the end, there was an understanding of why they had become who they were. It offered interesting insight into the complications of the human condition.
I enjoyed the scene when the two main characters said their good-byes in the dump.
Sopiap for sure. She was a difficult and complicated woman. As her story unfolded, she became very lovable.
I highly recommend this book. The woman who narrated was excellent. Her various voices were distinct in unique. Her narration pulled me into the story.
Yes, I would listen again. The audiobook really makes you think about what's important in life and makes you re-evaluate your priorities.
The narrator perfectly brings out the characters' voices and tones and gives such humanness to the characters.
Yes. A very pleasant listen.
Diane does such a beautiful job reading that she transports you to Cambodia itself! Cameron does what people of faith fail to do and that is to find beautiful and creative ways to express the best story of all - the hope of a savior come down!
I was glad to have stayed with it to the end. And I did not peek, but I found the story. Although cowling at times. More than not it felt contrived. Sang lis vocabulary and educational level seemed out of character and place. So much so I had to put it down from time to time. The stories within were clever and I felt were the jewels hidden within the larger less believable story. Still it was a good read and gave good food for thought
Loved this book and loved how beautifully the story was written and read. Thank you for such a beautiful story.
I've been living in Cambodia for the past 5 years and I had to put this audiobook down after the first couple of chapters. The way the characters talk to one another, and the internal dialogue of the main character doesn't seem realistic. But for someone who is less familiar with the Khmer language and culture, I think this could be a great story with a great message.
The other reason I had to put the book down was because of the narration. The narrator speaks in a really strange accent and I have never in 5 years of living in Cambodia heard someone speak with that accent. For example, Khmer people speaking English never pronounce consonants at the ends of words. But this narrator pronounces them very sharply.
The accent just doesn't work for me.
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