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The King's Last Song

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Geoff Rymanâs writing is at all times highly crafted and deeply evocative, as he skilfully explores the ancient story of Cambodiaâs greatest king, and the heart-rending legacy of Cambodiaâs recent history. As brilliant, innovative and captivating as youâd expect.

If you like Geoff Ryman you might also like to read books by Vikram Chandra, Amitav Ghosh and Tash Aw.

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The King's Last Song by Geoff Ryman

When archaeologists discover a book written on gold leaves at Angkor Wat, everyone wants a piece of the action. But the King, the Army and the UN are all outflanked when the precious artefact is kidnapped, along with Professor Luc Andrade, who was accompanying it to the capital for restoration.

Luckily for Luc his love and respect for Cambodia have won him many friends, including ex-Khmer Rouge cadre Map and the young moto-boy William. Both equally determined to rescue the man they consider their mentor and recover the golden book, they form an unlikely bond. But William is unaware of just how closely Map's violent past affects him.

The book contains the words and wisdom of King Jayavarman VII, the Buddhist ruler who united a war-torn Cambodia in the twelfth century and together with his enlightened wife created a kingdom that was a haven of peace and learning. His extraordinary story is skilfully interwoven with the tales of Luc, Map and William to create an unforgettable and dazzling evocation of the spirit of Cambodia and her peoples in all their beauty and tragedy.

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Geoff Ryman has the true novelist's gift he takes the reader inside other lives and other cultures, and makes them live with the utmost vividness. In this case we experience Cambodia in all its beauty and conflict, both past and present. Another masterpiece by one of the greatest fiction writers of our time. Kim Stanley Robinson

'A fascinating panorama of Cambodian life, past and present. The original subject-matter, broad scope and elegant style make for an exceptionally enlightening read.' Michael Arditti

'‘
inordinately readable..extraordinary in its detail, colour and brutalityâ - The Independent

About the Author

Geoff Ryman

Geoff Ryman was born in Canada, to a journalist mother and a father in science. It was through his mother that Geoff, when he was eight, had a short story published in the local paper. But it was his father who inspired Geoff with stories of lasers – it was a fascination which was to last. His father was also an artist, a talent which has been passed down to his son.

Geoff’s apprenticeship to writing was long and hard. It was not the writing that was the problem but the imagination. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1963 and perhaps influenced by this city, he wanted to become an actor. In the mid 1970s when he had moved to London he realised that he really wanted to take his writing seriously, and his first short story was sold to New Worlds Ten in 1976.

Geoff Ryman is the award winning author of 253 the world’s first internet novel, and the cult classics WAS and LUST.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th March 2006

Author

Geoff Ryman

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Author's Website

www.ryman-novel.com/

Publisher

Harpercollins Publishers

Format

Paperback

Categories

Historical Fiction
Travel
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ISBN

9780002259880

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