The Rent Collector

The Rent Collector

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Sang Ly struggles to survive by picking through garbage in Cambodia's largest municipal dump. Under threat of eviction by an embittered old drunk who is charged with collecting rents from the poor of Stung Meanchey, Sang Ly embarks on a desperate journey to save her ailing son from a life of ignorance and poverty.
Publisher: [Salt Lake City, Utah] :, Shadow Mountain,, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781609071226
Branch Call Number: FICTION Wright Camron 09/2012
Characteristics: 271 pages :,illustrations (chiefly color) ;,24 cm


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May 05, 2020

The author did an outstanding job with this story based on a true place, true people and true events. The story had a lot of sad moments (you would too if you lived in a city dump) but the author included a lot good moments and over-coming events. The main and supporting characters are still with me. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Rating: 5/5
Book Shelf: In Real Life Book Club

Mar 06, 2020

A most excellent book .. well written & sad & funny & very interesting. 6 stars.

Feb 05, 2020

A story of suffering and hope. I will go out on a limb and say that (today is Feb 5) that this may be my favorite book of 2020. Beautifully written prose and characters with depth. The subject matter is difficult, but worth the read.

Jan 29, 2020

Joyce recommendation

Sep 26, 2019

Excellent story based on real life.

Aug 25, 2019

re: Judy B.

Apr 17, 2019

Life in Stung Meanchey, the largest municipal waste dump in Cambodia, is hard when daily portion of rice is dependant on how much plastic one can collect but it's even harder for Sang Ly and Ki whose son's health is ailing. Determined to find a way to restore her son's health and to prevent him from ending up living his entire life in the shadows of his parents, she befriends Sopeap Sin, The Rent Collector, and learns from her the most important lessons of life. While most look to The Rent Collector as a cow and a heartless, black soul, she bears a secret that leaves you falling in love with her. This book narrates a story that reminds us that hope can and does reside in the worst of situations and that even the most cruelest and heartless person has a story to tell.

Feb 11, 2019

well written with great characters. a story of hope, growth and redemption.

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.

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