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Never Fall Down
Transcript of Never Fall Down
"A lot of time kid throw stone at me" pg 6
"The Khmer Rouge laugh and say she still working in the field, 'only now she fertilizer' " pg 41
" 'This one can go to the mango grove,' they say. And that boy, they take him away and we don't see him again." pg 43
"So I sneak out to hunt for it" pg 76
" 'You the khim player?' I nod. He put the gun away. 'Go back to bed,' he says." pg 79
"And me, I burrow to his side like I am a small cat" pg 84
"He tell me my number one big sister, Chantou, died." pg 77
"Then I think about Mek. And Siv and Kha and even Sombo." pg 107
"Like brother to me, Siv and Kha, and not even a chance to say goodbye" pg 118.
The author wrote this book in first person based on the view of Arn Chorn-Pond. As the book progresses, it gets increasingly more violent and gruesome which explains how life was back under the rule of the Khmer Rouge.
Summary & Conflicts
When Arn is 11, the Khmer Rouge attacks his city of Battang, Cambodia. He's seperated from his family and put to work for the Khmer Rouge. He's forced to work in a labor camp and is exposed to all the other children weak and dying. He sees people brought to the mango grove where they're killed, never to return again. One day, soldiers ask if anyone can play an instrument. He volunteers to learn how to play and this becomes his only way out of the cruelty. The decision to play an instrument saves his life, but sooner or later, Arn's forced to become a soldier and fight with the Khmer Rouge. After being hospitalized from injuries, Arn meets a man named Peter Pond who offers to bring him and two other boys to America, promising Arn a better life.
About Patricia McCormick: Patricia McCormick grew up in central Pennsylvania. She went to Rosemont College and worked as an assistant press secretary to the Governor of Pennsylvania. She then went to the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She studied fiction writing at the New School in New York City and went to publish books for young adults. She's a two-time National Book Award finalist and is the author of five critically acclaimed novels.
About Arn-Chorn Pond
Arn-Chorn Pond is Cambodian-American refugee and the subject of Never Fall Down. He is an internationally recognized human rights leader, speaker and trainer. He currently resides in Cambodia and continues to be a chief advocate of Cambodian Living Arts.
About the Author
The Khmer Rouge was organized by Pol Pot in the Cambodian jungle in the 1960s. It advocated (supported) a radical Communist revolution that wiped out Western influences in Cambodia. In 1973, U.S. bombings forced the Vietnamese out of the country, soon to be filled by the growing Khmer Rouge. In April 1975, the Khmer Rouge captured Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital, overthrew the U.S. regime and established a new government. When Pol Pot became the Cambodian ruler, cities were evacuated, factories and schools were closed and currency and private property were abolished. Anyone believed to be intellectually gifted was immediately killed. Skilled workers were killed and people who owned any types of modern technology were also killed. An estimated two million Cambodians died by execution, forced labor and famine. Vietnamese troops invaded Cambodia and captured Phnom Penh in 1979. A communist government was established and Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge retreated back to the jungle.
" Kid dying from no food, from malaria, they die slow, they moan, they cry, they ask for death to come" pg 56
"One little boy, he looks down inside where the bullet is and -bang- he shoot himself in the head, die right there" pg 111
"Over and over I tell myself one thing: never fall down" pg 42
"And we live one more day" pg 61
"Arn Chorn Pond." Arn Chorn Pond. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Jan. 2014.
"Patricia McCormick." Patricia McCormick. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Jan. 2014.