By John Burgess
A poignant glimpse into the everyday life of 12th Century Cambodia. need to know who have been the folk who outfitted the temples, grew the rice and served within the palace defend? learn a lady of Angkor.
– sunrise Rooney, writer of Angkor – Cambodia’s Wondrous Khmer Temples
A fantastic and compelling tale that vividly inspires the consideration, violence, and wonder of the vanished Khmer empire, as advised in the course of the testimony of 1 notable lady. this can be a genuine page-turner of a story within 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 lady of Angkor is a robust paintings of mind's eye that takes the reader to a far flung 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 mystical, mysterious temple of Angkor Wat. this is often old fiction with a distinction – a couple of humans whose heritage has been obscured and deserted just like the outstanding shrine that for therefore many centuries lay hidden within the jungle.
– David Ignatius, columnist for The Washington submit and writer of Bloodmoney
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