Survival for Ki Lim and Sang Ly is a daily battle at Stung Mean Chey, the largest municipal waste dump in all of Cambodia. They make their living scavenging recyclables from the trash. Life would be hard enough without the worry for their chronically ill child, Nisay, and the added expense of medicines that are not working. Just when things seem worst, Sang Ly learns a secret about the ill-tempered rent collector who comes demanding money - a secret that sets in motion a tide that will change the life of everyone it sweeps past. The Rent Collector is a story of hope, of one woman's journey to save her son and another woman's chance at redemption. It demonstrates that even in a dump in Cambodia - perhaps especially in a dump in Cambodia - everyone deserves a second chance.
©2012 Camron Wright (P)2013 Shadow Mountain
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"Give It a Chance"
This hasn't been my favorite book, but overall, it's a good story. The story started off slow and I found the characters frustrating. It was also a bit predictable. At first I thought I'd be returning it, but decided to keep going. By the end, the writing had improved and the overall story was much better.
* It provides some different perspectives on life.
* Introduces you to some different ways of thinking, even if they are frustrating.
* Simple writing. I think the book could easily be read and understood by someone in 6th grade on up.
* Was a touching story, even though it was a bit cliché.
* Story is really simplistic, which made it less captivating.
* The narration took some getting used to and detracted from the story.
* Found the character's personalities to be a little too conveniently crafted to tell the story, which made it harder to identify with them.
"Excellent book, excellently read"
The characters were well-developed. When I finished reading the book, I felt like I would miss my old friends.
I like that the characters had interesting backgrounds. In the end, there was an understanding of why they had become who they were. It offered interesting insight into the complications of the human condition.
I enjoyed the scene when the two main characters said their good-byes in the dump.
Sopiap for sure. She was a difficult and complicated woman. As her story unfolded, she became very lovable.
I highly recommend this book. The woman who narrated was excellent. Her various voices were distinct in unique. Her narration pulled me into the story.
"Makes you think."
Yes, I would listen again. The audiobook really makes you think about what's important in life and makes you re-evaluate your priorities.
The narrator perfectly brings out the characters' voices and tones and gives such humanness to the characters.
Yes. A very pleasant listen.
"A gripping and moving story of redemption and forgiveness"
Diane does such a beautiful job reading that she transports you to Cambodia itself! Cameron does what people of faith fail to do and that is to find beautiful and creative ways to express the best story of all - the hope of a savior come down!
I was glad to have stayed with it to the end. And I did not peek, but I found the story. Although cowling at times. More than not it felt contrived. Sang lis vocabulary and educational level seemed out of character and place. So much so I had to put it down from time to time. The stories within were clever and I felt were the jewels hidden within the larger less believable story. Still it was a good read and gave good food for thought
"Wish the lead was more believable"
Although the story line was good, it might be a little "preachy" for some. My biggest issue was that the lead sounded like an author instead of the illiterate girl of the story. Her vocabulary from beginning to end was educated rather than evolving throughout.
I was thoroughly invested in the character's desire to learn to read, and cheered her on through her dogged determination to do so, especially in her discovery of how this new skill could improve her life and those around her. An interesting depiction of life spent humbly yet honestly at a Cambodian dump.
"Very well done"
I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The reader made it come to life for me. She was excellent!
"Makes you think about the world and education!"
Books like this make me ponder about how important reading and education are to the whole world.
"This is one of my favorite books!"
I love this book, with a heartwarming story which includes the intertwined themes of hope, literacy, and literature. It left me searching for deeper meaning and purpose in my own life. I have read the story in book form before, but I think I enjoyed listening to it even more. The sweet Asian voice of the reader makes the character come alive and makes her even more endearing. I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages.
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