Rent Collector – Another Read on Cambodia

Rent CollectorAnother great read to help understand the complex culture and history of Cambodia.  This is a fictional story but based in an actual municipal dump in Phnom Penh and inspired by real people. Similar to a lot of contemporary literature set in Cambodia, the civil war has a central focus in the story. A quick and engaging story with an interesting ending. A young family struggles to survive under horrible conditions and deal with their sick child while the older rent collector struggles for redemption and pains of the past. It is a classic story of human struggle and perseverance.   Many references were included to Western and Eastern literary.  (I love books that help build a reading list.) Interesting that the author was inspired by his son’s documentary of the dump. Look forward to viewing the documentary eventually. Check it out.

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