On richard's first night there, a fellow traveler slashes his wrists, in a low-budget guest house, bequeathing to Richard a meticulously drawn map to "the Beach. The beach, is the subject of a legend among young travelers in Asia: a lagoon hidden from the sea, with white sand and coral gardens, as Richard has come to learn, freshwater falls surrounded by jungle, plants untouched for a thousand years.
The Beach #ad - Haunted by the figure of Mr. Duck -- the name by which the thai police have identified the dead man -- and his own obsession with Vietnam movies, Richard sets off with a young French couple to an island hidden away in an archipelago forbidden to tourists. There, it is rumored, a carefully selected international few have settled in a communal Eden.
The irresistible novel that was adapted into a major motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The khao san road, bangkok -- first stop for the hordes of rootless young Westerners traveling in Southeast Asia.
SightseeingGrove Press #ad - Lapcharoensap is a commanding, animated tour guide, and a lot more than that—he can write with the bait and the hook of genuine talent . . . In the novella, “cockfighter, ” a young girl witnesses her proud father’s valiant but foolhardy battle against a local delinquent whose family has a vicious stranglehold on the villagers.
Gorgeous and lush, anger, one that powerfully reveals that when it comes to how we respond to pain, painful and candid, and love, hurt, Sightseeing is an extraordinary reading experience, no place is too far from home. Written with exceptional acuity, and sophistication, grace, the stories present a nation far removed from its exoticized stereotypes.
Sightseeing #ad - The national bestseller by the award-winning Thai American author. He has a gift for the detail that catches not only his Thai milieu but teenage life everywhere. Darin strauss, the New York Times Book Review. Set in contemporary thailand, youthful romance, these are generous, generational conflicts, and cultural shiftings beneath the glossy surface of a warm, radiant tales of family bonds, Edenic setting.
Brimming with sharp-clawed survival lessons” Los Angeles Times. Through his vivid assemblage of parents and children, ardent lovers and sworn enemies, natives and transients, Lapcharoensap dares us to look with new eyes at the circumstances that shape our views and the prejudices that form our blind spots.
In the prize-winning opening story “Farangs, ” the son of a beachside motel owner commits the cardinal sin of falling for a pretty American tourist.
The TesseractRiverhead Books #ad - An intricately woven, suspenseful novel of psychological and political intrigue, The Tesseract follows the interlocking fates of three sets of characters in the Philippines: gangsters in a chase through the streets of Manila; a middle-class mother putting her children to bed in the suburbs and remembering her first love; and a couple of street kids and the wealthy psychiatrist who is studying their dreams.
Alex garland demonstrates the range of his extraordinary talents as a novelist in this national bestseller, a Chinese puzzle of a novel about three intersecting sets of characters in the Philippines.
Bangkok 8: A Royal Thai Detective Novel 1 Sonchai JitpleecheepVintage Crime/Black Lizard #ad - Among the witnesses are the only two cops in the city not on the take, but within moments one is murdered and his partner, Sonchai Jitpleecheep—a devout Buddhist and the son of a Thai bar girl and a long-gone Vietnam War G. I. Is hell-bent on wreaking revenge. On a vigilante mission to capture his partner’s murderer, Sonchai is begrudgingly paired with a beautiful FBI agent named Jones and captures her heart in the process.
A thriller with attitude to spare, razor-edged, Bangkok 8 is a sexy, often darkly hilarious novel set in one of the world’s most exotic cities. Witnessed by a throng of gaping spectators, a charismatic Marine sergeant is murdered under a Bangkok bridge inside a bolted-shut Mercedes Benz. In a city fueled by illicit drugs and infinite corruption, prostitution and priceless art, Sonchai’s quest for vengeance takes him into a world much more sinister than he could have ever imagined.
The ComaRiverhead Books #ad - He starts to notice distortions in his experience, strange leaps in his perception of time. As carl grapples with his predicament, alex garland - author of the beach and the screenplay for 28 Days Later, plays with conventions and questions our assumptions about the way we exist in the world, even as it draws us into the unsettling and haunting book about a lost suitcase and a forgotten identity.
. He arrives at his best friend's house without remembering how he got there; he seems to be having an affair with his secretary, which is pleasant but surprising. Is he truly reacting with the outside world, dream versus reality, he wonders, or might he be terribly mistaken? So begins a dark psychological drama that raises questions about the the human psyche, and the boundaries of consciousness.
The Coma #ad - When carl awakens from a coma after being attacked on a subway train, life around him feels unfamiliar, even strange.
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DisplacementFantagraphics #ad - A travel memoir recounting the artist's experience of caring for her frail grandparents aboard a cruise ship, her age, while reflecting on her own fears on mortality, and her family's relationships and history.
An Ocean of Minutes: A NovelGallery Books #ad - One will travel, and one will stay. But when polly is re-routed an extra five years into the future, Frank is nowhere to be found. If she signs up for a one-way-trip into the future to work as a bonded laborer, the company will pay for the life-saving treatment Frank needs. So she agrees to a radical plan—time travel has been invented in the future to thwart the virus.
Polly promises to meet Frank again in Galveston, Texas, where she will arrive in twelve years. Frank has caught the virus and Polly will do whatever it takes to save him, even if it means risking everything. In lucid prose, lim lays bare the complexities of migration and displacement, while offering a clear-eyed meditation on the elusive nature of human devotion.
An Ocean of Minutes: A Novel #ad - Esi edugyan, racism, full of fascinating social commentary on class differences, Man Booker Prize Finalist and author of Washington Black “Lim paints a strange and unfamiliar world with her novel, and sexism. The los angeles timesin september 1981, Polly and Frank arrive at the time travel terminal at Houston Intercontinental Airport.
Alone in a changed and divided america, to discover if he is alive, Polly must navigate a new life and find a way to locate Frank, with no status and no money, and if their love has endured. Lim’s enthralling novel succeeds on every level: as a love story, and a dystopian narrative” Publishers Weekly, an imaginative thriller, starred review.
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Thailand ConfidentialTuttle Publishing #ad - Travel with him to a place where whisky is rum, insects are dinner, dildos are lucky charms, water buffaloes are gay, and your wildest adolescent fantasies can come true for a nominal fee. His essays explore the mystery and mayhem of "The Land of Smiles" to hilarious—and sometimes disturbing—effect.
. Highly recommended. Tim cahill, author of lost in my own backyard, hold the enlightenment and Jaguars Ripped My Flesh"After over a decade in the country, Hopkins knows and loves his subject dearly—that much is obvious—and his vivid portrait projects that love from every page. Jann wenner, editor and founder of Rolling Stone Magazine "A loving expose of everything that's wonderful about Thailand, and much that isn't.
Thailand Confidential #ad - Wanna stand in the face of a charging elephant, clear-eyed but never patronizing portrait of Thailand, blowtorch your mouth on some of the hottest chili peppers on earth, get hit by a motorcycle, Jerry Hopkins has done all that and more—lots more—in this darkly humorous, happily, deeply affectionate, but, then go watch a sex change operation? Of course you don't, eat giant water bugs, his adopted home.
Should be required reading for all newcomers. Joe cummings, author of the lonely planet thailand guide writer Jerry Hopkins came to Thailand for a visit in the 1980s, and ended up a permanent resident with a temporary visa—a big, white farang haunting the bars and back alleys of Bangkok.
Hardboiled & Hard LuckGrove Press #ad - Kuni’s fiancé left her after the accident, but his brother Sakai continues to visit, and the two of them gradually grow closer as they make peace with the impending loss of their loved one. In hardboiled, the unnamed narrator is hiking in the mountains on an anniversary she has forgotten about, the anniversary of her ex-lover’s death.
A pair of thematically linked novellas from the acclaimed author of Lizard, Amrita, and Goodbye Tsugumi. As she nears her hotel—stopping on the way at a hillside shrine and a strange soba shop—a sense of haunting falls over her. Perhaps these eerie events will help her make peace with her loss. Hard luck is about another young woman, whose sister is dying and lies in a coma.
Hardboiled & Hard Luck #ad - In cherished novels such as kitchen and goodbye Tsugumi, witty, Banana Yoshimoto’s warm, and heartfelt depictions of the lives of young Japanese have earned her international acclaim and bestseller status. Her insightful, spare vision returns in two novellas possessed by the ghosts of love found and lost.
A sparkling book. The washington Post. Yoshimoto’s voice is clear, displaying again why she is one of Japan’s, and the world’s, assured, and deeply moving, most beloved writers.
Fieldwork: A NovelFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - His search leads him to the origins of modern anthropology—and into the family history of Martiya's victim, a brilliant young missionary whose grandparents left Oklahoma to preach the Word in the 1920s and never went back. It announces an assured and captivating new voice in American fiction. Fieldwork is a 2007 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.
A daring, sexual taboos, spellbinding tale of anthropologists, and an obsessed young reporter named Mischa BerlinskiWhen his girlfriend takes a job as a schoolteacher in northern Thailand, missionaries, demon possession, Mischa Berlinski goes along for the ride, murder, working as little as possible for one of Thailand's English-language newspapers.
. Finally, and utterly american, mischa's obssession takes him into the world of the Thai hill tribes, whose way of life becomes a battleground for two competing, ways of looking at the world. Vivid, passionate, religious, fieldwork is a novel about fascination and taboo—scientific, funny, and page-turningly plotted, deeply researched, and sexual.
Fieldwork: A Novel #ad - One evening a fellow expatriate tips him off to a story. A charismatic american anthropologist, Martiya van der Leun, has been found dead—a suicide—in the Thai prison where she was serving a fifty-year sentence for murder. Motivated first by simple curiosity, then by deeper and more mysterious feelings, Mischa searches relentlessly to discover the details of Martiya's crime.