The Rent Collector

The Rent Collector

A Novel

eBook - 2012
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Survival for Ki Lim and Sang Ly is a daily battle at Stung Meanchey, 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 really working. Just when things seem most bleak, Sang Ly learns a secret about the hated, ill-tempered woman, the "the rent collector"-she can read! Reluctantly she agrees to teach Sang Ly and does so with the same harshness she applied to her collection duties until they both learn how literacy has the power to instill hope and transcend circumstance. Based on a true story, set in the abject poverty of Cambodia against the backdrop of political oppression and the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge.
Publisher: [United States] : Shadow Mountain Publishing, 2012
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
ISBN: 9781609072773


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Jul 29, 2018

Sang Ly, a young Cambodian woman who with her husband and son live a survival lifestyle. learns to read from the cantankerous woman who collects their rent. What a journey! There was just something missing in how the author told this story that would make me think, 'How convenient.' or 'Could this have happened this way?' Stretched my credibility, but very touching nonetheless.

ArapahoeDagmar Mar 26, 2018

A story of a family living in a city dump in Cambodia and the transformation literacy brings into their lives. Very engaging and well-paced novel with great characters.

Nov 13, 2017

This is one of the most beautifully written stories. The character development is impeccable and the stories within the story are beautifully interwoven. I happen to enjoy books where I can learn something and I learned quite a bit about the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.

Mar 09, 2017

An enjoyable "feel-good" read. Waiting for someone to make this into a movie. After you finish the book do yourself a favor and research the actual events this novel is based off. There is hope in tragedy - good can even come from the dump.

Feb 18, 2017

What beautiful book! This book is truly a tribute to the love of reading and love of literature. There are many layers of meaning. I would love to read this book again, just to savor it.

In this book, characters rise above their surroundings and circumstances to do heroic things. If the human spirit can survive what these people endure, nothing can quench it.

Johna A Large Jun 21, 2014

Enjoyed a glimpse into the lives of real people who survive by picking trash in Stung Meanchey, the largest municipal dump in Cambodia. This novel builds on real characters but adds the rent collector, who eventually shares secrets about her past that explain her coarse demeanor. What thrilled me was Sang Ly's (a young mother) desire to learn to read and the progress she makes as she gains insight into life via literature. Hope, love, and perseverance run strongly through this novel of survival.
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jlmagelsen Dec 28, 2012

This is a beautifully written story that touches all the senses. The writing is wonderfully descriptive and flawless. The lessons one can learn or remember from The Rent Collector are as bounteous as they are simple and profound. I recommend this book to anyone - especially to those 12 years or older, who are just embarking on the journey of finding literature.

Sherrizah Nov 02, 2012

Great read! I am recommending it as a book club read!


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