The Disappeared

Kim Echlin


The Disappeared

The Disappeared

  • Title: The Disappeared
  • Author: Kim Echlin
  • ISBN: 9780670069088
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Hardcover



A sixteen year old girl falls in love with a Cambodian student A revolutionary closes the borders of a country for four years Families, friends, lovers disappear Kim Echlin s powerful new novel tells the story of Anne Greves, from Montreal, who meets Serey, a Cambodian student forced into exile when he cannot return home during Pol Pot s time of terror Anne and SereyA sixteen year old girl falls in love with a Cambodian student A revolutionary closes the borders of a country for four years Families, friends, lovers disappear Kim Echlin s powerful new novel tells the story of Anne Greves, from Montreal, who meets Serey, a Cambodian student forced into exile when he cannot return home during Pol Pot s time of terror Anne and Serey meet in a jazz club where their shared passion for music turns into a passion for each other, against the will of her father But when the borders of Cambodia open, Serey is compelled to return home, alone, to try to find his family Left behind, and without word from her lover, Anne tries to build a new life but she cannot forget her first love She decides to travel to the war ravaged country that claimed Serey What she finds there is a traumatized and courageous people struggling to create new freedoms out of the tragedy that claimed their traditional ways, their livelihood, and a seventh of their population Despair is an unwitnessed life, writes Anne as she searches for the truth, about her lover, and about herself If we live long enough, we have to tell, or turn to stone inside From its first page, The Disappeared takes us into the land of kings and temples, fought over for generations It reveals the forces that act on love everywhere family, politics, forgetting Universal in its questions about how to claim the past, how to honor our dead, and how to go on after those we love disappear, it is a story written in spare and rhythmic prose The Disappeared is a remarkable consideration of language, truth, justice, and memory that speaks to the conscience of the world, and to love, even when those we love most are gone.


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This is a treasure of a book - almost no one on my friends' list here at has read it. And I know, I know I throw four and five stars around like candy on Hallowe'en. BUT: this 2009 Giller nominee is stunning. It almost ripped my heart out. A Montrealer - 16 y.o. Anne Greves - falls in love with a Cambodian refugee, Serey. This is her love letter to him, spanning more than 30 years.Our disappeared were everywhere, irresistible, in waking, in sleeping, a reason for violence, a reason for forgive [...]

Canadian girl falls in love with Cambodian boy. Boy must return home when borders reopen. Girl devastated. A decade later, she takes herself across the world to search for him in Cambodia. Girl finds Boy. Genocide everywhere. Tragedy, Trauma, Death, Loss, Grief, Violence, Injustice have changed him, though, irrevocably. Girl & Boy have a child. Child is stillborn. Boy is unable to stop himself from seeking revenge for the invaders who have taken away his entire family, town, and life. Serey [...]

أنهيت قراءة هذه الرواية قبل أيام ولم أستطع كتابة كلمة واحدة عنها مع أنني لا أجد صعوبة عادةً في الحديث عن الكتب مهما كانت.في البداية ظننت بأن الرواية لن تعجبني لأنني وجدت السرد مشوّشًا ولكنني مع التوغل في القراءة وجدت نفسي أغوص فيها وفي قصة الحب الرائعة التي اتخذت من التاريخ ا [...]

المفقود - كيم إكلين "حقوق الأفراد مسؤولية الجميع، ويجب على الناس في جميع أرجاء الكوكب أن يجدوا الشجاعة للتحدث ومقاومة حكوماتهم إذا كانت الحريات مشوهة أو مورثة."آن وسيري شابان من بلدين مختلفين وخلفيات ثقافيّة مختلفة .تلتقي آن بـ سيري في كندا وذلك خلال فترة تم فيها إغلاق حدود ب [...]

This was an absolutely amazing book. Aside from the first 18 pages, I read it in a day. It was beautifully written in an almost entrancing style and I could not pull myself away from its pages. It captured the passion and emotion of a once-in-lifetime, love-of-your-life kind of love with a raw and beautiful intensity, in stark contrast to the atrocities of Cambodian life under the Khmer Rouge. This is the kind of book which you continue to feel even after you have put it down. Truly inspired.

المفقود. عنوان موفق مع تعدد معانيه في الرواية.هي قصة حب مؤثرة نتتبعها منذ النشوء بين الصبية الكندية آن و سيري الكمبودي الذي وجد نفسه لاجيء قسري في مونتريال حين نشبت الحرب في بلاده فقطعت السبل. تكبر العلاقة رويدا وتأخذنا في التفاصيل، الى حين الفقد الأول، فقد الحبيب عائدا إلى و [...]

The Disappeared disappoints A review by Ben AntaoThe reason I chose to buy and read The Disappeared, the 2009 Giller short-listed novel, is that I expected the author Kim Echlin, 54, would supply a few insights into the Cambodian war of the 70s and 80s. Instead, the story turns out to be a search for a Montreal woman’s lover, a Cambodian student with whom she falls in love at the age of 16. After Serey returns to Cambodia in the 80s to find his family, Anne Greve travels to Phnom Penh to find [...]

This was amazing. Beautifully written, the novel follows a Canadian named Anne as she travels to Cambodia to find her lost lover after the genocide in Cambodia. While very hard-hitting, and as so many others have said, haunting, I could not put this book down. I grew very attached to Anne as she retold the story of her and her lover, Serey. I highly recommend this novel, it was an engaging love story, that also brought to light the horrendous slaughter of millions of people in Cambodia under the [...]

Our disappeared were everywhere, irresistible, in waking, in sleeping, a reason for violence, a reason for forgiveness, destroying the peace we tried to possess, creeping between us as we dreamed, leaving us haunted by the knowledge that history is not redeemed by either peace or war but only fingered to shreds and left to our children.The Disappeared is my very favourite type of book: it introduced me to a new time and place (I learned something) using language that I found to be spare and beau [...]

A bit disappointingought it would be an interesting lens to look at the awful Khemer Rouge period in Cambodia but it ended up being more about the self-indulgent quest of a Canadian women to find her lover. What was most disturbing to me was that the main character did not seem to connect her plight with that of the hundreds of thousands in Cambodia who had lost loved onesr did the character remain connected/interested in the country and the plight of its people once she was finished with her "a [...]

Not your normal love story- this one has bite. A love affair begun in Montreal between a native and an exiled Cambodian. The time extends through Pol Pot genocide attrocities to the 'democratic' experiement after the killing fields. This book throws one from horror upon horror to blinding beauty of Lotus blossoms and much envied relationships in all their human diversity. The book is a prize winner. Read it all of you courageous lovers of the many faces of human life.

This was a beautiful story of the power of love, the grief and indecency of loss, and the strength and potency of the human spirit to keep going amid dangerous and perilous conditions.Anne Greves is a sixteen-year-old living in Montreal, Canada when she meets Serey, a Cambodian who is 5 years older than she is and a musician. Immediately they begin a passionate, sexual relationship. One day Serey decides to return to Cambodia to find his family whom he hasn’t heard from in over a year. A darin [...]

"Ako uspijemo da preživimo, moramo da govorimo ili će nam se duše pretvoriti u kamen."Nisam mogla prestati čitati, morala sam završiti ovu priču jer da nisam bilo bi teže sutra je nastaviti. Ova knjiga puna osjećanja napisana je bez suvišnih riječi.Radnja ovog romana odvija se za vrijeme genocida u Kambodži (1975-1979) u kome su stradala dva miliona ljudi, tokom vijetnamske okupacije.Šesnaestogodišnja Kanađanka se zaljubljuje u studenta iz Kambodže. U revolucionarnom previranju vl [...]

This love story spans decades but rather than being a story of the love between a man and a woman it is more a tale of a woman’s love for her man and his for his family and his country. The country in question is Cambodia and a great deal of the story takes place during the reign of the Khmer Rouge and the atrocities known as The Killing Fields.The story begins when Anne Greves, a 16 year old Canadian schoolgirl who has recently lost her mother, falls in love with Serey, a 21 year old Cambodia [...]

I feel like if I keep handing out five star ratings like candy, people will stop taking me seriously, but geez, I have read some incredible books lately! Add Kim Echlin's The Disappeared to that list and get ready for another sobbing rave review. This book is absolutely beautiful The writing style is so unique and lyrical and (not to be repetitive) breathtakingly beautiful. The chapters are short and concise, sometimes only consisting of one punch-packing sentence. While the story flowed and con [...]

I read this book a few years ago and it is still on my mind. Kim Echlin writes with haunting prose that draws you deep into the emotional and physical pain of Anne and Serey. Echlin takes the pair across the world when Serey realizes he needs to find his family, and Anne realizes she can’t be without Serey any longer. Anne and Serey might be the most compelling tale of love that I’ve ever read. I fell in love with them as they fell in love, and was heartbroken by their separation when Serey [...]

I don't usually read these Canadian literary blockbusters, but something about this book attracted me: perhaps its brevity and the brevity of most of its chapters. And a couple years ago, when I checked myself into one of the hotel rooms at the Banff Centre for the Arts, my time there happened to coincide with a translation conference. One of the authors there was Kim Echlin, along with the English-to-Chinese translator of her novel The Disappeared. I checked out a panel on translation; I crashe [...]

Cambodia 1979 - 1993 had been tormented by the Khmer Rouge, the Vietnamese, the Government, Corruption- atrocities of war omnipresent. This was the setting not only for a love story, but for the feelings that people have for their loved ones that keep disappear. You almost feel that this could be a true story not a fiction."Why do some people live a comfortable life and others live one that is horror-filled? What part of ourselves do we shave off so we can keep on eating while others starve? If [...]

Moving away from the place you love to live and where you were born is never easy, but imagine coming all the way from Cambodia to Canada? These places have many differences, but for the characters in this book, they form a relationship in the province of Quebec, finding solace in each other despite the circumstances. The Disappeared is an excellent novel about what it is to be Canadian. Being Canadian isn't about where you're born or how much you know about Canada itself. Being Canadian is abou [...]

Ugh - 78 chapters* of second-person narrative. The subject matter is endlessly fascinating to me, and the section of the book (the largest) set in Cambodia had me feeling like I was back in Phnom Penh with the sun on my shoulders BUT this was a chore to read. It's a shame really, as I think it could have been a very powerful story. For me, the style gave it a passive, almost dreamy, feel that left me not caring one little bit about the 2 main characters. Two words that sound quite similar are en [...]

What I learned from this book is that our North American life is so easy, peaceful, and full of rights. But there are countries, like Cambodia, which are so devasted by war that there is no such thing as wrong or right (like Sokha's choice to join the soldiers) and that survival is fickle.This book is amazing. Short enough to read in an afternoon, but so powerful it will stay with you. Unique POV, in that it is is first person, past tense, with another character as the audience (eg I did this, t [...]

I was gripped by this haunting story and could not put it down. The prose is evocative and lyrical, drawing the reader into the love of a Canadian woman for a Cambodian man who slips in and out of her life. It is a tragic love, one of inevitable loss and, though this was foreshadowed early on, still it was shocking and unbelievable, as is all death, and it actually brought tears to my eyes. I liked the short chapters, some like poems in themselves, and the absence of quotation marks. A beautiful [...]

This book deeply unsettled me. I realized reading it that I knew so little about the situation in Cambodia. This heartbreaking story made me cry; not only is the narrative wrenching, but the language is simply gorgeous. Evocative yet brutal. Finding a lover's skull; losing a baby and burying her; the deaths of innocents. All of it is affecting me still. So much so that I've begun digging into the history of Cambodia and its traumas. Highly recommended novel, but know going in that it's not a pic [...]

I hope this book gets more press as it was an exquisite read. I know it won't appeal to everyone, but I absolutely loved it. It's a very intimate story, told in first person. Most of it reads like poetry and is shared between the narrator and her lover, during their initial meeting in Montreal and then their reunion in Cambodia. The story deals with devastating aspects of the Cambodian genocide and political problems. The writing is sensual and rich, and the story is both poetic and sad.

I spent New Year's Eve last year in Phnom Penh. This photo is proof that I partied at the Heart of Darkness nightclub until some very wee hours (I'm the slightly sozzled dude third from the left).Anyone who has been to Cambodia knows that it is a beautiful country, filled with beautiful people. It's easy to get lost in the dazzling entertainment precincts, the amazing temples, the beach resorts. But at the same time, it's not possible to forget that this is a country which has only barely surviv [...]

Il "fiume delle cento candele" del titolo italiano richiama una scena molto forte ed evocativa all'inizio del libro, ma il vero titolo è "the disappeared" ed in effetti sono gli scomparsi i veri protagonisti del racconto, ossia cosa resta ai vivi, cosa resta di essi in rapporto a coloro che sono letteralmente scomparsi, coloro che non è nemmeno possibile andare a piangere su un luogo di sepoltura, l'assenza delle loro ossa che lascia spazio solo a spiriti sconosciuti, a un tormento continuo pe [...]

هناك روايات تكشف لك عالم مجهول عالم لم تسمع عنه من قبل تفتح لك أبواب جديدة عن أناس لم يصلك عنهم شيئا لتقف منبهرا و شاكرا لمن يكتب لأنه لولا ذلك لما عرفت عنهم شيئاسمعت عن كمبوديا للمرة الأولى في حياتي من إحدى الصديقات التي تهوى السفر هي و زوجها ذهبت لقضاء إجازة قصيرة في هذا ال [...]

Really good fiction allows the reader to explore worlds they may will never visit and periods of history that are hard to imagine. By creating well drawn characters and situations I find I am often immersed in those experiences. The story of Cambodia following the American evacuation from Saigon in 1975 is traumatic and the horrors of the Khmer rouge unimaginable so this book which is at heart a love story allowed me to understand to a degree the devastation caused by civil war to a sophisticate [...]

This book was on the short (but not so sweet) side. I had no idea what to expect when I first started reading other than I thought it would be a stereotypical love story that would allow me to easily read between the lines. However, I was wrong and I’m okay with that. The book itself is extremely moving and it stays with you. I’ve been done reading it for about two weeks and I still think of some of its passages and situations on a regular basis. While reading the novel, I thought about how [...]

- The sparse prose of this book really killed it for me.- I was looking forward to reading something moving & interesting, especially considering the heavy & heinous topic Echlin is trying to bring to light, but I barely had any empathy for the main character. As a reader, this ruins the reading experience.- While I understand the intent behind so-called "sparse prose" from writers, I usually find I can't connect to this style. I know a lot of it is "read between the lines" and it's supp [...]


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