Oh, but don't be thinking it's a bad book. It is a substantial, worthy, important book. I shall straightforwardly say that it is important for Thai authors to be read worldwide. This is not mere tokenism or naive national...more
I believe his background has allowed him to observe the native life of Thai people from different angles and views.
His was a voice, feeling and soul of a Thai youth, adult, deranged, quirky. His stories takes you to the hidden laye...more
All the stories take place in Thailand. I think if I had never lived in Thailand, I wouldn't perceive the stories in the same way, but since I lived there, when the author described the...more
Just 25, born in Chicago and raised partly in Thailand, Lapcharoensap mines this dual cultural perspective effectively and memorably in Sightseeing. Critics agree that this new author, who has already won awards for some of these pieces, shows all signs of major literary talent, with a wisdom far beyond his years. A few reviewers found the stories of mixed quality, with occasional lapses of flat description, clichéd subject matter, or hit-you-over-the-head symbolic imagery. These missteps contra...more
I was gleeful. This book did not failed me- a damn good book to read. Well-recommended to those who wou...more
I would have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and this is coming from someone who dislike short stories. It had a slow start but each story got better...more
The stories cover subjects such as a Thai teenage boy's romance with an American tourist and a young boy accompanying his older brother to a karaoke bar. The final story, which is also the long...more
I really, really enjoyed this book. To be honest, if I’d picked it up myself I would probably be keeping it now!! But I won’t – haven’t quite decided how I’ll pass it on yet, but I will think of something.
This was a great collection of short stories set in modern Thailand. It’s interesting to get the insight from a local perspective rather than the popular tourist point of view. Thailand seems to be the place to go that it ends up being all we associate it with: backpac...more
I love to travel. I’ve been to many foreign countries, but one country I’ve always wanted to visit was Thailand. That’s one reason I love books. In Sightseeing, the author takes us on a visit to his homeland without so much as jet lag. The...more
The stories are small, tasty slices of the life of a range of native Thais. There are a few tourists as well, sometimes insensitive ones; they should read this. All the stories are told in the first person, and each voice is distinctive. Some are very sad, some are very funny; all are very good.
I have never given five stars to a short story collection before, a...more
Sorry if this isn't a very specific review, but I don't really want to list the subjects covered or say too much about the st...more