The Disappeared

The Disappeared

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A fiercely beautiful love story for the ages, The Disappeared traces one woman’s three-decades-long journey from the peaceful streets of Montreal to the war-torn villages of Cambodia, as a brief affair turns into a grand passion of loss and remembrance, set against one of the most brutal genocides of our time. When sixteen-year-old Anne Greves first meets Serey, a Cambodian student forced to leave his country during the rise of the Khmer Rouge, she never considers the consequences of their complicated romance. Swept up in the infatuation of young love, Anne ignores her father’s wishes and embraces her relationship with Serey in Montreal’s smoky jazz clubs and in his cramped yellow bedroom. But when the borders of Cambodia are reopened, Serey must risk his life to return home in search of his family. A decade later, Anne will travel halfway around the world to find him, and to save their love from the same tragic forces that first brought them together. In aching, tender prose, Kim Echlin challenges our notions of how to both claim the past of move on after insufferable loss. Part elegy, part love letter, part call to arms,The Disappeared is a soaring tribute to those who have disappeared in the violent conflicts throughout history.


Publisher: New York : Black Cat, 2009
ISBN: 9780802170668
Characteristics: 235 p. ; 22 cm

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hRuth
Mar 06, 2016

Wow, what a love story enveloped with the history of that brutal Cambodian time in the late 70's. I like the clipped way Kim Echlin wrote, never bogging us down from getting on with it. As a widow I can relate to how Anne clung, tasted and felt the passion of their early love that sustained her for a lifetime. The musical story and artists were also something my partner and I shared.

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ms_mustard
Jul 30, 2015

having heard Echlin at a reading for her latest book, I decided to make the plunge into this book, which has been on my list for a couple of years but have been avoiding for fear of the subject.

I enjoyed 2 of her earlier books and found this one to be poetic and enticing despite the killing fields.

obsession - both governmental and personal - rules hearts and minds

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vwruleschick
Sep 28, 2012

In the 1970s, Anne and Serey are in jazzy Montreal whereby she grows up by a single dad, but falls for Serey hard. Serey is an immigrant from Cambodia who plays music and is free, but wishes to see his family back in Cambodia. Follow their journey together and apart with love, loss and heartache in this poetic story.

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uncommonreader
Jul 27, 2012

Rather thin.

margotc629 Jan 03, 2012

It was beautifully written and poetic. I acknowledge that it is a superior work of fiction but on a gut level I found Anne selfish and self absorbed. She never had a thought to how her desires endangered the people around her. She had no thought except for her obsession. I understand it while it was happening but years later there was no reflection. Her love for her father is shown after he is dead? Whats up with that. At the end of the book I wanted to strangle her.

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blueskies100
Aug 03, 2011

The plot was good and the historical portrayal of Cambodia however I found the writing style just a little hard to follow. The constant use of "you" detracted from the story.

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elinpat
Jun 27, 2011

Montreal girl falls in love with Cambodian student , He goes home t find his family after the 'killing fields' of Pol Pot. She goes to search for him
Recommend for Erika

debwalker Feb 02, 2011

Finalist for Barnes & Noble's 2010 Discover Great New Writers Awards.

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PhyllisMargaret
Oct 23, 2010

Anne Greves, a sixteen year old meets & falls in love with Serey, a Cambodia student who is forced to stay in Montreal during Pol Pot's reign of terror & the Cambodian genocide of 1975 - 1979. Rhythmic prose of run on sentences adds to thedescription of the utter horror of the time.

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perception1
Oct 21, 2010

Incredibly well written.

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