The King's Last Song: A Novel

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The King's Last Song is an immersive novel of epic proportions that interweaves two Cambodian stories: Archeologist Luc Andrade discovers an ancient manuscript inscribed on gold leaves but is kidnapped - and the manuscript stolen - by a faction still loyal to the ideals of the brutal Pol Pot regime.

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Andrade's friends, an ex-Khmer Rouge agent and a young motoboy, embark on a trek across Cambodia to rescue him. Meanwhile, Andrade, bargaining for his life, translates the lost manuscript for his captors.

The result is a glimpse into the tremendous and heart-wrenching story of King Jayavarman VII: his childhood, rise to power, marriage, interest in Buddhism, and the initiation of Cambodia's golden age. As Andrade and Jayavarman's stories interweave, the question becomes whether the tale of ancient wisdom can bring hope to a nation still suffering from the violent legacy of the last century.

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Author Geoff Ryman
Publisher Small Beer Press
Page Count 433pp
Publication Size 5.5" x 8.5"
Publication Notes Softcover
Publication Date September 10, 2008
ISBN 978-1931520560

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