A Simple Seller of Noodles

An unimaginable, true story of one man’s impossible journey to freedom whose life was meant to be a movie

A Simple Seller of Noodles unveils the gripping story of SamSan, an illegitimate child of a Vietnamese peasant who rose from near-infanticide in a garbage can to become a tour guide for the royal family’s tourist service and best friends with Prince Sihanouk’s nephew, as well as a highly sought-after interpreter for the Cambodian military. It also gives the account of his fall from favor and ensuing imprisonment, his dramatic rescue by the Khmer Rouge only to be caught up in Pol Pot’s death march, his family fracture and sadistic serfdom under Khmer Rouge rule, and his almost impossible journey to freedom in Thailand and, later, the United States.

An almost unbelievable but true story, A Simple Seller of Noodles contains murder, war heroism, drug smuggling, a love triangle, a lost child, and multiple near death experiences. How SamSan and his fellow refugees came to live in the small town of Winder, Georgia is an intriguing story in itself. Nothing that compared to that group’s coming to the area had ever happened in that small town.

Over a period of twenty-five years, C.B. Skelton collected first-hand accounts from SamSan that he has compiled into the amazing true story, A Simple Seller of Noodles. SamSan’s frantic search for his lost son and his recognition of God’s hand in his many escapes from death will forever change how you view the world and those around you.


A Simple Seller of Noodles