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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 folks who outfitted the temples, grew the rice and served within the palace protect? learn a girl of Angkor.
– sunrise Rooney, writer of Angkor – Cambodia’s Wondrous Khmer Temples

A awesome and compelling tale that vividly inspires the consideration, violence, and wonder of the vanished Khmer empire, as advised throughout the testimony of 1 awesome girl. this can be a genuine page-turner of a story during which Burgess brings us into the damaging global 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 strong paintings of mind's eye that takes the reader to a remote 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 family members whose lives are interwoven with the development of the mystical, mysterious temple of Angkor Wat. this is often ancient fiction with a distinction – a few humans whose heritage has been obscured and deserted just like the superb shrine that for thus many centuries lay hidden within the jungle.
– David Ignatius, columnist for The Washington submit and writer of Bloodmoney

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It's as if she doesn't exist for them. She's no more than a ghost. "That was splendid," I whisper to her. "No," she says, blushing. " But a sheepish smile lights up her face anyway. Miss McCleethy stands to address us. "Thank you, Miss Bradshaw. " A nice start? It was lovely. Perfect, in fact. Miss McCleethy has no passion at all, I decide. I shall be forced to give her two bad conduct marks in my invisible ledger. "I look forward to meeting each of you and hope to be of service. You may find that I am an exacting teacher.

This makes Elizabeth and Martha laugh and draws the attention of our instructors. "Utter nonsense, if you ask me,'' Cecily says in a quiet voice. "They were only myths. She told us that," I say, trying not to meet the eyes of either Ann or Felicity. "Exactly. What purpose did she have in telling us stories about sorceresses? She was supposed to teach us how to draw lovely pictures, not take us into a damp cave to see primitive scratchings by some old witches. " "You needn't be so melodramatic," Felicity says.

Her hair is black and shining as always. Strands of it fly about her bare shoulders, so dark against the paleness of her skin. Behind her, the sky bleeds red into thick streaks of dark clouds, and a gnarled tree twists in on itself, as if it's been burned alive and this is all that remains of its once proud beauty. "Gemma," she says, and my name echoes in my head till I can hear nothing else. Her eyes. There's something wrong with her eyes. They're a bluish white, the color of fresh milk, circled by a ring of black with one small dot of black in the center.

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