A Woman of Angkor by John Burgess

By John Burgess

A poignant glimpse into the way of life of 12th Century Cambodia. need to know who have been the folk who equipped the temples, grew the rice and served within the palace safeguard? learn a girl of Angkor.
– sunrise Rooney, writer of Angkor – Cambodia’s Wondrous Khmer Temples

A really good and compelling tale that vividly conjures up the respect, violence, and sweetness of the vanished Khmer empire, as advised during the testimony of 1 awesome girl. this can be a genuine page-turner of a story during which Burgess brings us into the harmful international of palace intrigues and into the lives of Angkor’s usual people.
– Michael D. Coe, writer of Angkor and the Khmer Civilization

A girl of Angkor is a strong paintings of mind's eye that takes the reader to a far off time and position and makes the tale vividly actual. in the course of the voice of his heroine, Sray, John Burgess conjures a narrative of a Khmer kin whose lives are interwoven with the development of the paranormal, mysterious temple of Angkor Wat. this is often historic fiction with a distinction – a couple of humans whose background has been obscured and deserted just like the incredible shrine that for therefore many centuries lay hidden within the jungle.
– David Ignatius, columnist for The Washington put up and writer of Bloodmoney

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Young Sam: Oh, Ellie—what’s that groaning sound? Young Ellie: That’s the ice creaking under us. Young Sam: Can it hold us? Young Ellie: It ought to. We’re neither one of us much more than skin and bone. Old Ellie: We were halfway across when we heard voices behind us. Slave hunter 1: Hey, there! Slave hunter 2: You two children! Stop where you are! Slave hunter 1: Stop, or we’ll shoot! Young Sam: They’ve got guns! Young Ellie: They won’t shoot us. We’re worth too much alive. Young Sam: (hearing a shot fired) You thought wrong, big sister!

They’d been all bunched up close together. A hole had broken through the ice, and one of the men was in the water. 35 Slave hunter 1: Help! I’ve fallen in! Get me out of here. Old Ellie: We kept moving. By and by, we were climbing up the riverbank. Old Sam: The old man who had waved towered over us in the firelight. He looked out over the ice. Zeke: (chuckling) Look at that poor devil yonder! He’s soaked to the skin in this freezing weather. He’s likely to catch his death of cold. Old Ellie: I looked back across the river.

Young Ellie: What do you seen, Sam? 30 Young Sam: We’re driving through a valley. The river’s nothing more than a trickle. And we’re between two hills, sure enough. Old Ellie: After a while, the wagon ground to a stop. Peg Leg Joe: (singing) There’s another river on the other side, Follow the Drinking Gourd. (speaking) Now, out with you two! Old Sam: We climbed out of the wagon and found ourselves facing a river. Old Ellie: The Tennessee River, it was. Young Ellie: We owe you a lot, mister. Peg Leg Joe: Yes, you do!

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