Olympics of Reading

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

Reading a book from every country of the world: Cambodia

Adele Arbi
Curious Compass
Published in
4 min readMay 17, 2024

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Last month, I decided to embark on a mission to read a book from every country of the world.

Taking a good, hard look at my bookshelf (and Goodreads!), I realized how limited my reading choices had been. Just 13.5% of the countries I’d explored in literature were outside the US, UK, and a handful of European nations.

This lack of diversity was a big wake-up call. The world is a vast and vibrant place, filled with countless stories waiting to be discovered. It was time to break free from my comfort zone and broaden my horizons.

So, where did I decide to begin this epic adventure? Cambodia!

There were a few reasons for this choice. For one, it’s a country with a rich and complex history that I, frankly, didn’t know anything about.

Secondly, looking for recommendations, a particular book kept popping up: First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung.

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Adele Arbi
Curious Compass

A curious soul exploring and documenting life. London-based Tech Expat | Muslim | Polyglot | Booklover | Traveler