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Cambodia: Search for Lost Treasure

Book Cover: Hidden Treasure in Cambodia
Paperback Cover
Book Cover: Lost Treasure in Cambodia
Hardback Cover


Destination: Shanghai, Vietnam, Cambodia

Book: The Map of Lost Memories by Kim Fay NEW, May 2013 in paperback, originally published in 2012

Kim Fay is the third of the quartet of mystery writers I met at the Tucson Festival of Books. (I previously wrote about Becky Masterman’s book set in Tucson and Jenn McKinlay’s cupcake mysteries set in Scottsdale.)

I was very excited to hear that Kim Fay, who has lived in Southeast Asia for long periods of time, had written a book about a search for hidden treasures in a Cambodian temple.  If you are a regular here, you know how much I loved Cambodia when I visited there. I’ve posted a review of an outstanding memoir , guidebook reviews and temple art photos from that trip.

Thrity Umrigor, Kim Fay and Susan Vreeland
Thrity Umrigor (The World We Found), Kim Fay (The Map of Lost Memories) and Susan Vreeland. (I read her The Passion of Artemisia about a rare woman painter in Baroque Italy. Her latest is Clara and Mr. Tiffany.)

Although Kim Fay published The Map of Lost Memories in 2012, the paperback version comes out this month. Which cover do you like best? Continue reading Cambodia: Search for Lost Treasure

Travel Photo Thursday: Cambodian Temple Art

Today I continue sharing my photos of Cambodia, even though A Traveler’s Library is in the midst of England week. The truth is, I have very few pictures of England because I have spent such brief periods there.

Asparas at Bayon
Asparas at Bayon

Additionally, I want to continue with Cambodia and show you some of the carvings that amazed me when I was visiting the Bayon Temple at Siem Riep, not far from the more famous Angkor Wat.  To put this in perspective, you have to remember that the art was created during what was known as the late Middle Ages in Europe (in the 12the and 13th centuries). At that time, Europeans had no knowledge of the cultures of southeast Asia and vice versa. Each thought, as people tend to do, that they were the center of the universe and the height of civilization. Continue reading Travel Photo Thursday: Cambodian Temple Art