Sightseeing

Sightseeing

eBook - 2007
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One of the most widely reviewed debuts of the year, Sightseeing is a masterful story collection by an award-winning young author. Set in contemporary Thailand, these are generous, radiant tales of family bonds, youthful romance, generational conflicts and cultural shiftings beneath the glossy surface of a warm, Edenic setting. Written with exceptional acuity, grace and sophistication, the stories present a nation far removed from its exoticized stereotypes. 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. 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. Through his vivid assemblage of parents and children, natives and transients, ardent lovers and sworn enemies, Lapcharoensap dares us to look with new eyes at the circumstances that shape our views and the prejudices that form our blind spots. Gorgeous and lush, painful and candid, Sightseeing is an extraordinary reading experience, one that powerfully reveals that when it comes to how we respond to pain, anger, hurt, and love, no place is too far from home.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Grove Atlantic, 2007.
ISBN: 9781555846732
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: Overdrive Inc

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amyzlot
Jul 20, 2018

One of my favorite books! The stories are bittersweet but have uplighting endings. I hope Rattawut Lapcharoensap publishes more!

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Ag2009
Nov 10, 2013

For something so well written, it equally deserves a well written review, and that I feel incapable of doing. So a short quote, "Combining poverty with the lush and juxtaposing political machinations and social inequality, Lapcharoensap demonstrates why he is a new writer to remember."

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