The Rent Collector Camron Wright

The Rent Collector, by Camron Wright

Every now and then I come across a book that I absolutely LOVE. The kind of book that I feel comfortable recommending to everyone, the kind that I believe everyone should read. The Rent Collector, by Cameron Wright is one of them.

If you ever begin to think that literacy isn’t THAT important, that maybe it is okay if some people can’t read, that maybe literacy isn’t worth the effort; read The Rent Collector and think again.

Stung Meanchey is the largest municipal waste dump in Cambodia. Sang Ly, along with her husband, is doing everything in her power to heal her one year old son who is always ill. As residents of the dump Sang Ly’s family makes their living picking up trash to be recycled. Just as life appears it will never get better and her son will continue to suffer Sang Ly falls into a friendship with the very unsuspecting Rent Collector.

This story envelopes everything that is hope, despair, love, redemption, sacrifice, and pain.

Historical Value- 3
Emotional Value- 5
Entertainment Value- 4
Personal character value- 5
Age recommendation- Young Adult and up

“But as a wise and great teacher once explained so patiently, all good stories - stories that touch your soul, stories that change your nature, stories that cause you to become a better person from their telling-these stories always contain truth.”
― Camron Wright, The Rent Collector

“Literature has the power to change lives, minds, and hearts.”
― Camron Wright, The Rent Collector

“While almost everything that surrounds us in life gets old and wears out, stories, like our very souls, don't age.”
― Camron Wright, The Rent Collector

Sometimes broken things deserve to be repaired.”
― Camron Wright, The Rent Collector

“Literature is a cake with many toys baked inside--and even if you find them all, if you don't enjoy the path that leads you to them, it will be a hollow accomplishment.”
― Camron Wright, The Rent Collector

“But literature is unique. To understand literature, you read it with your head, but you interpret it with your heart. The two are forced to work together-and, quite frankly, they often don't get along.”
― Camron Wright, The Rent Collector

“If people realized someone would be sorting through their trash, would they be more careful in what they throw away?”
― Camron Wright, The Rent Collector
 
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