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Behind the Painting: And Other Stories

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This volume brings together Siburapha's most highly acclaimed novel, Behind the Painting, with three short stories highlighting the plight of the underclass: "Those Kind of People," "Lend Us a Hand," and "The Awakening."

Behind the Painting is the story of a Thai student studying in Japan who becomes infatuated with an older Thai woman. The novel reflects postwar Thai socie
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Silkworm Books
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Dec 26, 2014 Bookaholic rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who doesn't think that an old novel is lame
Recommended to Bookaholic by: more like, forced to read by: Kru Nok
Shelves: school-destined
Contrary to my initial expectation, I love this novel. The language is so happy sigh-worthy, the characters are complex, the world-building is exquisite..I like the ideas, beliefs, and philosophy presented by the author, especially those that are embodied by the two main characters who are complete opposites. Despite the ultimately tragic conclusion (that made me tear up..), I still relish the story.
Feb 14, 2016 PK rated it really liked it
Well-written, interesting story.
Jul 05, 2011 Cody rated it really liked it
My copy of this book got run over by the mail truck, which is kind of what I wished would happen to the protagonist by the end of this book, but the fact that it effected me so deeply makes me feel that it's a good book. The other stories in the back of the book were more to my liking, but Behind the Painting was not too bad, either.
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I think this combination of a novella and three short stories is an excellent introduction to Thai society and culture.
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