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Acting on orders

I have been listening to the audiobook “Ghostwritten” by David Mitchell, read by William Rycroft. Mitchell is a storyteller par excellence; his words transport me right into scenes as they unfold, for example, into a far flung hostel where a member of a cult group is in hiding after unleashing a gas attack on a Tokyo subway. 516 more words

My Reading Chair & Writing Desk

The Gate

Francois Bizot worked in Cambodia as a young Frenchman in the 1960s and 1970s.  An ethnologist employed by the Angkor Conservation Office, he restored ceramics and bronzes from the temples and researched Buddhism.  976 more words

Travel 2014-2015


A film by Régis Wargnier

Cast: Raphaël Personnaz, Phoeung Kompheak, Olivier Gourmet

English title: The gate. 

From the book by François Bizot his memoirs. A French ethnologist is capture by Khmer Rouge an army in Cambodia. 355 more words


Character Sketches: #1 and #2

“With an athletic physique and a robust personality, he was shaped like a cube. His doctrine was fierce anti-Communism; his obsession, always to be the first to bring out his wallet to pay for a meal or a round of drinks; his mission, always to do favours for everyone; his credo, work; his passion, wine. 174 more words

The Gate (Le Temps Des Aveux)


(out of 5)

Raphaël Personnaz is excellent as a French researcher who moved to Indochina to study ancient Buddhist texts and stayed past the forming of the nation of Cambodia. 199 more words


Reading in Cambodia

Reading some background to the country seemed essential when planning a trip to Cambodia this January 2014 because of the devastation suffered by the country during the Pol Pot Regime in the 1970s, from which it is still recovering. 948 more words

Books And Travel

The San Francisco Chronicle - Review of Facing the Torturer by Francois Bizot

Near the end of Bob Dylan‘s antiwar ballad “John Brown,” which tells the story of a young man ruined by battle, a traumatized soldier’s brokenhearted mother asks him what the hell happened out there. 77 more words