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    Have you ever thought about Khmer Novels. They were what kept Cambodia’s entertainment industry going from the 1940 till after the Khmer Rouge regime. After the Khmer Rouge regime, novels played a huge role in putting the Khmer culture back on feet. From 1980-1985, Mao Somnang wrote about 200 novels. From the late 80s through early 90s(1987-1995)she wrote more than 100 screen plays but then the Khmer movie industry collapsed once again in 1995 due to the desire of Thai Lakorns and so much Thai Lakorns being viewed by Cambodians. By the late 90s, Khmer novels and movies were at a very weak point, Thai movies and Khmer karaokes were Cambodia’s entertainment by then(1996-2003). Today, Mao Somnang is once again a novelist producing more and more stories. However,at 52,Mao Somnang says these days it takes her nearly a month to write a whole 150 page novel for as in the early 1980s when she was young, it only took her about 10 days to produce a novel.

    Old Khmer entertainers from past decades were quick, I don’t get why Cambodian entertainers these days are so slow and dependent too-Well, I mean there quick alright but mostly because their dependent.

    Is anyone familiar with the novel “Kolap Pailin”(1943) by Nhok Them or “Preah Athit Tmey Reah Nao Leu Pandei Jah”-The New Sun Shines Over The Old Territort(1961)? Any novels someone would like to briefly share?-include decade please?

    #1548732
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    I read a couple of Novels. Don’t remember much of the titles but those that I can think of is Neang Sok Kro’orb, Sane Sdai Tpol Sdam. I think they were written by Kong Bunthoeun? I am very addictive to reading Khmer Novel. Once I pick one up it’s hard to stop. Also when I do read it has to be absolute silence. :)

    #1548733
    Avatar of HelloCambodia
    HelloCambodia
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    lol, those novels must be really good. Yes, Kong Buncheoun has been a novelist for over 40 years, it’s his profession. Along with writing novels, he wrote songs for the King of Khmer Music “Sinn Si Samouth”and produced and co-directed movies from the 1960s and 70s with movie director Tat Somnang. I hope Kong Buncheoun still writes Khmer songs today like how he did in the 60s. In this era, now we need a new Sinn Si Samouth

    [i]Originally posted by xAteytakalx[/i]
    I read a couple of Novels. Don’t remember much of the titles but those that I can think of is Neang Sok Kro’orb, Sane Sdai Tpol Sdam. I think they were written by Kong Bunthoeun? I am very addictive to reading Khmer Novel. Once I pick one up it’s hard to stop. Also when I do read it has to be absolute silence. :)

    #1548734
    Avatar of xAteytakalx
    xAteytakalx
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    Yeah, some of the novel I read comes with song lyrics. By reading the novel, I was able to understand the song more. I mean some songs I’ve heard it before but didn’t realize that it’s a SOUNDTRACK. That’s awesome!

    [i]Originally posted by HelloCambodia[/i]
    lol, those novels must be really good. Yes, Kong Buncheoun has been a novelist for over 40 years, it’s his profession. Along with writing novels, he wrote songs for the King of Khmer Music “Sinn Si Samouth”and produced and co-directed movies from the 1960s and 70s with movie director Tat Somnang. I hope Kong Buncheoun still writes Khmer songs today like how he did in the 60s. In this era, now we need a new Sinn Si Samouth
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    [i]Originally posted by xAteytakalx[/i]
    I read a couple of Novels. Don’t remember much of the titles but those that I can think of is Neang Sok Kro’orb, Sane Sdai Tpol Sdam. I think they were written by Kong Bunthoeun? I am very addictive to reading Khmer Novel. Once I pick one up it’s hard to stop. Also when I do read it has to be absolute silence. :)

    [/quote]

    #1548735
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    I’ve read a few Khmer novels but the ones that I could remember well are Kolap Pailin and Pka Sropon. I also enjoyed listening to the lakhorn niyeay Kompong Thom Chomrom Chet..I’m not too sure if there was a novel of it.

    I particularly like Kolap Pailin because the female character is traditional yet a strong willed woman. Pka Sropon is too sad and I almost wish I could go into book and tell the female character to pick herself up and fight for her right & love rather than slowly die of heartache.

    I haven’t read any of today’s novels, so I don’t know what they’re like…whether they’re comparable to the old novels.

    #1548736
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    Kaliboy
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    I’ve read a 1967 French published book by Soth Polin entitled “L’Anarchiste”. I do remember, in the book, he was in love with his cousin and it dealt with his obsession with death.

    [Message last modified 04-24-2009 09:40am by Kaliboy]

    #1548737
    Avatar of HelloCambodia
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    Yeah, Khmer stories about ones who suffers since the story even starts, throughout the story, and then just DIE right at the end TOTALLY SUCKS. It has almost no point, nothing to explain-all dramas without a point, it gives no hope…I’ve been waiting for that one sad character to have success and in the end, but then at that point they just DIE!! I just don’t like any stories like that period! Kolap Pailin on the other hand is an interesting novel, it was remade as a series in the late 90s with Chon Chan Leakenna and Hum Sotanith with the title “Bopha Pailin”.

    [i]Originally posted by yap_nass[/i]
    I’ve read a few Khmer novels but the ones that I could remember well are Kolap Pailin and Pka Sropon. I also enjoyed listening to the lakhorn niyeay Kompong Thom Chomrom Chet..I’m not too sure if there was a novel of it.

    I particularly like Kolap Pailin because the female character is traditional yet a strong willed woman. [B]Pka Sropon is too sad and I almost wish I could go into book and tell the female character to pick herself up and fight for her right & love rather than slowly die of heartache.[B]

    I haven’t read any of today’s novels, so I don’t know what they’re like…whether they’re comparable to the old novels.

    #1548738
    Avatar of Ficlya
    Ficlya
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    sounds interesting

    [i]Originally posted by yap_nass[/i]

    I particularly like Kolap Pailin because the female character is traditional yet a strong willed woman. Pka Sropon is too sad and I almost wish I could go into book and tell the female character to pick herself up and fight for her right & love rather than slowly die of heartache.

    I haven’t read any of today’s novels, so I don’t know what they’re like…whether they’re comparable to the old novels.

    #1548739
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    Vichara
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    #1548740
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    Ficlya
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    i have over 200+ american romance novels (old)..non on khmer

    Originally posted by Vichara
    Try those Romance novels

    http://www.chanbokeo.com/index.php?gcm=5411>op=5191/quote

    #1548741
    Avatar of KhmeRox
    KhmeRox
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    Well this person seem like someone I like to meet when I’m in Cambodia this June. Hopefully our contact there know her..I want to see what kind of screen play she write..

    [i]Originally posted by HelloCambodia[/i]
    Have you ever thought about Khmer Novels. They were what kept Cambodia’s entertainment industry going from the 1940 till after the Khmer Rouge regime. After the Khmer Rouge regime, novels played a huge role in putting the Khmer culture back on feet. From 1980-1985, Mao Somnang wrote about 200 novels. From the late 80s through early 90s(1987-1995)she wrote more than 100 screen plays but then the Khmer movie industry collapsed once again in 1995 due to the desire of Thai Lakorns and so much Thai Lakorns being viewed by Cambodians. By the late 90s, Khmer novels and movies were at a very weak point, Thai movies and Khmer karaokes were Cambodia’s entertainment by then(1996-2003). Today, Mao Somnang is once again a novelist producing more and more stories. However,at 52,Mao Somnang says these days it takes her nearly a month to write a whole 150 page novel for as in the early 1980s when she was young, it only took her about 10 days to produce a novel.

    Old Khmer entertainers from past decades were quick, I don’t get why Cambodian entertainers these days are so slow and dependent too-Well, I mean there quick alright but mostly because their dependent.

    Is anyone familiar with the novel “Kolap Pailin”(1943) by Nhok Them or “Preah Athit Tmey Reah Nao Leu Pandei Jah”-The New Sun Shines Over The Old Territort(1961)? Any novels someone would like to briefly share?-include decade please?

    #1548742
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    i bought a novel called, “Mali Dorng Jet” from khmerhut.com it’s pretty good.

    #1548743
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    Kong Bunchoeun’s novels are a bit raunchy for me. And there’s always an exposed tit on the cover art so my friends who can’t read Khmer are always asking me if I’m reading Khmer porn lol. I like Mao Somnang’s work better but I haven’t read anything new lately. The last one was like over a year ago called Jomno Nearadey.

    #1548744

    AhSaren
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    This was the first khmer novel that i had read. I really love the story and the poem that he wrote in there’s so beautiful. My copy is pretty worn out i wish i took better care of it. The main character is the ideal khmer man…sensitive and patriotic. It was a joy reading it.

    [i]Originally posted by borospailin[/i]
    i bought a novel called, “Mali Dorng Jet” from khmerhut.com it’s pretty good.

    #1548745
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    [i]Originally posted by AhSaren[/i]
    This was the first khmer novel that i had read. I really love the story and the poem that he wrote in there’s so beautiful. My copy is pretty worn out i wish i took better care of it. The main character is the ideal khmer man…sensitive and patriotic. It was a joy reading it.
    [img]http://i494.photobucket.com/albums/rr305/ahsaren/Untitled-1-2.jpg[/img]
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    [i]Originally posted by borospailin[/i]
    i bought a novel called, “Mali Dorng Jet” from khmerhut.com it’s pretty good.

    [/quote]

    Can you tell me a bit about the story because I think I may have read it as well but just can’t seem to recall the content.

    #1548746
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