Off the Rails in Phnom Penh: Into the Dark Heart of Guns, Girls, and Ganja
But for many, it is simply an anarchic celebration of insanity and indulgence. Whether it is the $2 wooden shack brothels, the marijuana-pizza restaurants, the AK-47 fireworks displays, or t...more
In this book, the author spends time with a bunch of shifty expats in Phnom Penh under false pretences - because, obviously, he is writing a book ...more
People here on Goodreads often call the author talentless, spineless, a terrible person for sleeping with hookers, etc. My regret with the novel was actually that Gilboa did not ...more
These people are A-holes, using women in brothels in the worst ways possible. I just wanted to reach into this book and beat the hell out of these guys. Plus the author seems to celebrate this behavior, even partially participating in it, saying things like, that's just how it goes in Cambodia, and they really care about these women. I'm sorry, if they really cared they wouldn't subjugate ...more
This is, in part, a flat out expose of a disgustingly brutal dictator who just met with President Obama, who treated the guy as if he were the Dalai Lama. The author does a superb job of exposing Hun Sen for the piec ...more
Firstly, it's bloody ColOmbia. It's an o, not a u. Get it sorted.
Secondly, there were 2 more spelling mistakes/omissions and I do think for such a short book, that's unacceptable. Whoever edited this sucks.
Thirdly, this by no means went 'into the dark heart' of the issue. The book never attempted to explain why ex-pats are so damn depr ...more
His attempt at trying to be a political scientist is an utter joke. It's convoluted, bias, and not credible in the least. After a few pages of that section, I completely skipped it because there was nothing redeemable.
The book revolves around a bunch of ex pat losers hanging out and t ...more
Off the Rails in Phnom Penh was written by the journalist Amit Gilboa in 1998 and published by Asia Books in Bangkok. It describes the adventures of foreign residents living in the excitement and chaos of Phnom Penh during from 1996 to 1998 and is an accurate record of Phnom Penh at the time. For an individual coming from a modern Western society, it was and in many ways still is, a place where the immoral becomes acceptable and the insane becomes normal ...more
The justification for the blatant kid sex bothered me. The idea of a group of pederast foreigners is pretty sickening, especially when their behavior is exclusive to developing countries. It is also written as if these foreigners/travelers are providing the young prostitutes with better opportunities in life. The author tries to sides ...more
The Exile it's not. If you want to see this sort of thing done better (done brilliantly, in fact) check out "The Exile: Sex, Drugs and Libel in the New Russia" :
Picked this in a rusty old postcard cum old book store in Siem Reap. Finished once back in Bombay. Wanted to go back and head to Phnom Penh. Credit the urge to fascination and nostalgia more than the writing.