Monday, October 1, 2012

The Rent Collector - Deseret Book Review

Based on a remarkable true story.  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 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. 
by author Cameron Wright

Daily survival is an insurmountable task in largest dump in Cambodia.  Each day Ki Lim and Sang Ly must pick through mountainous piles of trash looking for something, anything, that can be sold for a bit of cash.  Each day is worse than the next as their child Nisay suffers from a mysterious illness that is slowly draining the child's life.  Each portion of money is used carefully, a bit of food, medicines for Nisay and most importantly - paying the rent collector each month.  Yes, even in a garbage dump you must pay your rent because, after all, as the rent collector sneers "there are people begging me for this space."  Horrifically, this is true.

A strange turn of events throws Sang Ly and the Rent Collector together and Sang Ly discovers that not all is as they seem and that beauty can be found in even the ugliest of circumstances.

My heart was so moved by this tender story.  A triumph rising out of tragedy and hope out of despair.  The rent collector will give you faith in mankind and an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for how truly rich we are.

The Rent Collector currently retails in hardcover at for $22.99.

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Disclaimer:  I received The Rent Collector free of charge in exchange for an honest review, all opinions expressed herein are my own....

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