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June 14, 2013

THE LAST ONE by Marin R. Yann


BY MARIN R. YANN                                                                         




A child 's unvarnished truth...stunning...heartbreaking...wrenching." The more I try to forget, the more the memories haunt me. Imagine that you are six years old. You have lost your father, mother, and siblings within the last year because of war. Imagine making a trip across a jungle infested with landmines. Imagine chasing snakes for food. Imagine a childhood spent taking beatings from soldiers and not being able to fight back. I was barely five years old in April 1975 when my family in Cambodia were forced by the Communist Khmer Rouge to leave our home. In our jungle encampment, among hundreds of other frightened evacuees, my younger brother became ill and died. After our next relocation, the soldiers took my father to build a canal to water the rice fields. He never returned. My older sister was forced to live in a girl's work camp, far away. After I recovered from a deadly illness, my mother died from an illness, in front of me. I was now alone. There was no one. I was six years old. Left to my own wits, I caught and ate flying termites, grasshoppers, crickets, fish, and snakes, anything edible. I was always hungry. Like a starving puppy, I stole leftover bones and sucked the juice out of them. Then, confined in various encampments with thousands of prisoners who were forced to build canals, I also was forced to help with the backbreaking labor in the water-laden rice fields. I kept running away, back to the forest. After three years and eight months under the brutal Khmer Rouge, the horrors of my life experience were not over, and surviving without any relatives was just the beginning. It was nine harsh years until I emigrated to America. My rebellious spirit kept me alive. "This is the breathtaking story of an orphan who survived the Khmer Rouge regime. Marin was condemned to a nightmare that few can imagine--growing up with the murderer of his family. Torn between love and hate, this is an incredible story about survival and forgiveness." --Youk Chhang, D

Mr. Yann's life in Cambodia as a child during the killing fields was heart wrenching. For a little boy he was stronger than a grown man. It doesn't seem possible that this man could be good hearted after what he went through as a child, trying to survive. Everyone should read this book.  You'd be surprised how it will open your eyes. This is a true story of Mr. Yann's struggle to survive at the age of six. It is one of the best success stories I've ever read. He was a brave, kind soul.   He finally immigrated the the U.S.  He is a credit to society. You just might appreciate what you have after reading this true story.  I do. You won't want to put the book down, even though it is a heart breaker.  You will not forget reading this book. It will stay with you forever. This little boy was a hero, a child surviving in a country at war.

I would give this book 4 STARS

I received a complimentary copy of THE LAST ONE from the author, Marin R. Yann for this unbiased review.

Marin R. Yann lives in Long Beach, California, USA. He has a Bachelor in Criminal Law and a Master in Public Administration. He works as an advocate for the Cambodian-American communities. He volunteers for Friends Without A Border, an agency that builds and supports Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Marin also serves as a board of director for Building Your Future Today, a non-profit organization in Cambodia. Helping the poor and needy children in Cambodia has become his purpose in life. “You feel great when you help a child who is in great need. You feel even better if you help to save a child’s life.”[field]=on

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