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Vientiane: An Abrupt Journey Through Sex, Money, Guilt and Incomprehension

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Vientiane is a sad story indeed. It is so sad and blue that I do not know what to say. I want to cry, but tears do not want to flow out, at least to purge this sadness from my soul. This is the first time I have read a novel of this type, in which nothing is implicit, everything is there up on the surface. I feel sorry for the girls, I feel sorry for the Vietnamese, I feel ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published June 8th 2011 by Königreich Böhmen
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Jul 26, 2012 Kayla rated it it was amazing
One word to sum it up - Amazing ! You will be counting your blessing after it's all said and done.
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Sean
Oct 14, 2015 Sean rated it it was ok
Two naive, English, pre-midlife crisis, "family men", embark on an itinerant sex tour of the standard SE Asian haunts. The morally ambidextrous narrator, uses a combination of armchair philosophy and dubious allegorial musings on a play by Marlowe to both interpret the environment around him and justify his flexi-ethics.

The story is largely self indulgent, whiny and purposeless and ends on an apathetic whimper. Oh yeah, there's a huge dollop of first world, white guilt in there too, just for goo
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Aug 10, 2012 Crystal Clifton rated it liked it
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Not exactly sure what to say this book was informing and at times confusing. Its a bout two men taking girls from the street and other places and having them become toys to play with basically doing the same thing but in better circumstances...I guess. Any way if you like stories if brothels sex etc and sadness to boot this is a book for you. I won this book from goodreads and yes I would say it is a book to be read by others that may be interested but I feel it was just kind of all over the ...more
Leo Schulz
Dec 26, 2013 Leo Schulz added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Two funny, charming London men set off on the jaunt of a lifetime, a tour of South East Asia - Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. They set off with only a large-scale map and a copy of a play by Christopher Marlowe, determined to go where chance takes them.

It starts with beer, drugs, beaches and great breakfasts... but soon they are drawn into the dark side of Asian tourism, the hostess bars, brothels and sex villages. They are not nearly saintly enough to resist temptation but neither are t
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LAWonder10
Sep 03, 2012 LAWonder10 rated it did not like it
The book was poorly written. It jumped around too much and was filled with unnecessary processes.
It tries to justify irresponsibility and immorality. It is further deplorable he considered himself any type of a family man.
The ending was even anti-climatic and dull.
I won this and am pleased I didn't purchase it.
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