Sid Harta Publishers
The burning of the rice is a unique book. Built around an agricultural project to restore rice farming systems in Cambodia, it interweaves the lives of the project workers with the stories - sometimes tragic, often inspiring - of the Cambodian people they meet and work with, and sets this within the recent and ancient history of the country. Puckridge was one of the central scientists on the project, but is also a gifted writer. He skillfully manages the combination of personal views and observations with the more objective story of the project progression. His style is very much in the mode of popular travel writing, which makes this fascinating book accessible far beyond the obvious 'science' audience. Highly recommended. Review by ?New Agriculturist on-line?
In April 1975 Ngak Chhay Heng and his family loaded their car with their personal possessions, pushed it 20 kilometres from Phnom Penh, discarded anything that differentiated them from peasant farmers ... Read more about “The Burning of the Rice”