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Boonma was sentenced to death,
but the court commuted the sentence to life imprisonment
because of his full confession.
He didn't appeal to the Supreme Court.
He did nothing, except quietly accept his sentence.
Sometimes, late at night,
fellow prisoners heard him wailing,
like a tortured animal, alone.
Paperback, 136 pages
Published 2003 by Howling Books (first published 1980)
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Nazmi Yaakub
Feb 26, 2012 Nazmi Yaakub rated it liked it
NO Way Out ini mengingatkan saya kepada Ranjau Sepanjang Jalan karya Sasterawan Negara (SN), Shahnon Ahmad, bahkan ia lebih tragis lagi.

Kemiskinan adalah lingkaran setan yang tidak ada penghujungnya - apatah lagi kemiskinan dalam ruang kapitalis moden yang tidak hanya membuka tingkap tetapi mengenakan jeriji kepada si miskin untuk melihat peluang keemasan yang boleh dirakusi di negaranya.

Inilah yang dikuak dalam novel Penerima Anugerah SEA Write 1982 dan 1994; lingkaran setan yang menjerut Boonm
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Scott Hayden
Jul 02, 2011 Scott Hayden added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who want to learn the plight of the poor
Devoid of hope. Should Christians read stuff like this? Yes. Those of us who have living hope must be moved to say, "As I have opportunity, I will do what I can to create a different end to the stories of others like Boonma." But we'll never say such things if we never get close enough to people to see the need. Books like this bring us one step closer.

One curious aside. Boonma actually had power to generate profit. The Towkay and fishing boat captain knew that, and siphoned it off for themselv
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Pete Young
Nov 12, 2012 Pete Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short novel that describes the almost systematic dismantling of a Bangkok family, as a result of the poverty trap they find themselves in when the father tries to take them out of rented accommodation and into a corrugated metal-and-wood shack of their own. Korbjitti is spare with the details, though through the multiple viewpoints of the family he provides more than enough information to give a clear picture of their circumstances while at the same time leaving it to the reader to decide wher ...more
Vivek
Sep 30, 2013 Vivek rated it really liked it
Shelves: asian, family
For some life is hard. For some life is terribly tricky. For some just being alive is like being sentenced to death.
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He first came to prominence with the publication of his novel Khamphiphaksa (The Judgment) in 1981. Named as Book of the Year by Thailand's Literature Council, the book won him the S.E.A. Write Award.[1] He received a second S.E.A. Write Award in 1994 for Wela (Time).[2] He was named a National Artist in Literature in 2004, and was among the honorees of the inaugural Silpathorn Award, given to Tha ...more
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