The Map Of Lost Memories – Kim Fay

This excellent first novel is an exciting adventure story. Set in 1925, action takes place in Shanghai, Saigon, and various locations in Cambodia. A disparate group led by a woman, Irene Blum, search for a lost Khmer temple. This is Indiana Jones-style archeology, meaning the objective is temple looting. What elevates this adventure story are discussions about the moral issues of looting and removal of treasures from their home location, and the lingering effects of French colonialism in SE Asia. Descriptions of jungle travel (heat, insects, snakes …) are vivid. Thanks Joyce, for this recommendation.

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