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The Mysteries of Angkor Wat (Traveling Photographer)

by Richard Sobol

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Excellent nonfiction for young readers. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Reason for Reading: I am fascinated with architecture and this looked like it would be a beautiful book.

The author, a photo-journalist, takes a short trip to Cambodia to visit and take pictures of Angkor Wat. While there he meets up with an excited group of local children who agree to be his guides and show him around the vast temple ruins which the children have literally grown up using as their backyard playground. The author is quite confident that he is getting a much lessor known tour than one a paid tour guide would have given. In fact, he's sure tour guides probably don't even know about some of the places the children took him. Written in the author's voice, as a travelogue to children but never down to them, the book has a very interesting and fun narrative. But more engaging than the text is the photography. Just stunning, with some unique views and a book that makes one linger on each page looking closely before wanting to turn to the next page. A must have book for libraries and now I'm eager to take a look at Sobol's other books (some he's just the photographer), but especially the other books in this Traveling Photographer series. ( )
  ElizaJane | Sep 8, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763641669, Hardcover)

What mysteries hide inside this ancient Cambodian temple? When local children lead the author through the ruins, he discovers a little-known secret.

In 1100 CE, the mighty Khmer people of Cambodia built the world's largest religious monument: the sprawling stone temple of Angkor Wat. Now, thousands visit the crumbling ruins each year to see the last remains of the ancient and mysterious Khmer civilization. Photographer Richard Sobol explored these fascinating ruins, searching among the fallen, moss-covered stone slabs and wall carvings for clues that might link the ancient Khmer people to present-day Cambodian culture. A personal narrative and illustrative photography document his pilgrimage, capturing the historical legacy and mystery contained within the walls of Angkor Wat. A glossary, maps, and key facts are included.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:04:50 -0400)

What mysteries hide inside this ancient Cambodian temple? When local children lead the author through the ruins, he discovers a little-known secret.

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