(c) 2005-2007 Oliver Bonten

Olivers Buchbesprechungen

Homepage von Oliver Bonten

Startseite Besprechungen

Olivers Buchbesprechungen

Onkel Petros und die Goldbachsche Vermutung

Cause Celeb

River of Time

The Girl in the Picture

First They Killed My Father

Country of My Skull

The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure

Oryx and Crake

Ten Thousand Miles Without a Cloud

the namesake

The Beach

Der intergalaktische Hypermarkt

Built to last

the wild numbers

Midnight's Children

Die Seele einer neuen Maschine

Die 85 Methoden eine Krawatte zu binden

Kinder der Nacht


Die Abenteuer des Röde Orm

The Blind Assassin


Night Train to Rigel

River of Gods


Lucky Child

The Death and Life of Dith Pran

Olivers Filmbesprechungen

English version

Nur deutsche anzeigen

Deutsche und Englische anzeigen

Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict

Sydney H. Schanberg

The Death and Life of Dith Pran


ISBN: 0-1400-8457-6

Gelesen: 2006

I did mention in my review of the movie The Killing Fields that I would like to read this book but that it is out of print. Well, that was before I discovered abebooks.com, an online trading place for used books. (For German language books you can also try ZVAB.) I dithered for some time because the book was quite expensive (actually not the book itself but shipping it ... only vendors from the U.S. were selling it), but finally I decided I must have it.

I won't bore you with a repetition of what I wrote about "The Killing Fields" as far as it is the same as the book. The movie appears to be quite close to the book, but of course there are minor deviations and some (not so minor omissions): the story about how the Western reporters in the French embassy try to forge a passport for Pran is far less dramatic than in the book, Jon Swain is far less aggressive when he meets Schanberg at the Pulitzer prize ceremony; in the book, Pran's wife never gives up hope. The book also covers parts of Pran's life under the Vietnamese administration, and it mentions that Pran managed to get a message out (through an East German journalist) before he finally escaped.

All in all I think if your're interested in the story it is worth reading the book in addition to the film. The book also contains several photographs which somehow add a personal touch to it. But the film is, for a movie adaptation, pretty good.

Dieses Buch wurde verfilmt als The Killing Fields

Mehr über Kambodscha

Film: The Killing Fields

Buch: River of Time

Buch: First They Killed My Father

Buch: Lucky Child

Buch: The Death and Life of Dith Pran

This page has been created on Montag 31. Dezember 2007 from reviews.xml using reviews.xsl.