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4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  160 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
A Thai film director goes to the theatre to see what has been billed as Bangkok’s most boring play of the year, in which half a dozen elderly women live their usual uneventful day in a care home for the aged. That may sound like a very dull premise for a novel, and perhaps it is, but deliberately so. Time earned Korbjitti his second SEA Write Award, and to find out why mea ...more
Paperback, 245 pages
Published 2003 by Howling Books (first published October 1993)
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Simona
Jun 18, 2017 Simona rated it really liked it
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The story with an interesting structure - we watch a theater performance about one day in the lives of older people, who are placed in a hospital ward, and for various reasons forgotten by their relatives. The story is told by unnamed film director, who - while watching performances, goes back in his memories to some of the key moments of his life, and he thinks about death, aging and what it means to be a parent. Uneventful, mundane life is reduced on the moments from the past, and ... on waiti ...more
Andrew
Chart Korbjitti-- supposedly one of Thailand's greatest modern novelists, and highly recommended to me by a Thai man trying to get in my pants at a Bangkok dive bar. While he didn't persuade me to switch teams, he did persuade me to read Time, so he at least scored one win.

And I was duly impressed. This is Thailand's answer to Samuel Beckett, a decrepit room full of decrepit people, some of whom are screaming about stolen money and monks and mentally retarded children and lost golden youths and
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Bunny
Sep 30, 2011 Bunny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
พออานหนังสือเลมนีแลวทำใหคิดถึงคนแกในบาน อยากจะกลับไปกอด จริงๆ เนือหาของหนังสือเลมนีคอนขางหดหู อานแลวเศรา แตกทำใหเราไดเหนอีกมุมมองของชีวิต เหนโลกจากสายตาคนแก ซึงความจริงแลวไมไดไกลจากตัวเราเลย เพราะวันหนึงเรากตองแกตัวลง แลวกอาจจะไดเจอชะตาชีวิตเดียวกันกับตัวละคร ...more
Xandra
Nov 15, 2016 Xandra rated it liked it
This is a pretty good book about a Thai filmmaker in his 60s who attends the performance of a play about “the inner feelings of the elderly” set in the ward for ailing people of an old people’s home. The book starts with the rise of the curtain and ends when the curtain falls and alternates between a detailed presentation of what happens on stage, the movie director’s reflections on his own life and his ideas of how the scenes on stage would translate into a movie.

Summed up by critics as “the mo
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Phattaraporn Kongcharoen
อานแลวรูสึกหดหูใจ รูสึกถึงบันปลายชีวิตของมนุษย ทำใหไดแงคิดตางๆของคนแตละคน อาจจะทำใหเราเขาใจวาสิงทีเรากำลังทำอยูตอนนี ทำใหตัวเองมีคุณคากับการดำเนินชีวิตอยูในทุกๆวันไหน ...more
Pete Young
Nov 12, 2012 Pete Young rated it really liked it
A Thai film director goes to the theatre to see what has been billed as Bangkok’s most boring play of the year, in which half a dozen elderly women live their usual uneventful day in a care home for the aged. That may sound like a very dull premise for a novel, and perhaps it is, but deliberately so. Time earned Korbjitti his second SEA Write Award, and to find out why means ploughing through two hundred pages of rather mundane dialogue mixed with some minor personal crises. There are some winni ...more
Thanita
Jun 16, 2013 Thanita rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly moving in the most unexpected of ways, 'Time' is an brilliantly crafted novel. As readers, we are spectators to a spectator, and the layers of overlapping narrative lends itself beautifully to the layers of interpretations you can extract from this book. There are points that slightly drag - I feel Korbjitti was trying to do too much stylistically - but the overall effect of the novel makes you forgive the brief moments of boredom.
Life, mortality, human nature and the essence of Thai
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Jeff
Feb 04, 2016 Jeff rated it really liked it
I bought this book in Thailand to continue my interests in reading the literature of the places I travel and boy was this a pleasant surprise. A post-modern onion, the book peels from exposition to stage play to movie scenes, all attempting to highlight profound philosophical undertakings.

Naturally, there is quite a bit of material lost in translation, so if you're capable of weathering the peculiarities of form and language, this is truly a deep and thoughtful book.
Brian
Jul 10, 2011 Brian rated it really liked it
Shelves: asian, read-2011
Old people are funny then they die. I'll be funny one day and die too. You can laugh. It's ok.

A screen writer sits through a play about old people in an old folks home. He sometimes rewrites the play in his head.

Overall a good read. This is probably one of the best Thai writers today.

Tanapume Chanachaiwong
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Mona Minnie
Feb 11, 2013 Mona Minnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ooa
Jan 17, 2013 Ooa rated it it was amazing
One of the best book I've ever read.

'Time' is the master of everything and we cannot escape it so use it wisely.
Kritsada Damdin
Mar 02, 2016 Kritsada Damdin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nicola Sullivan
Jul 12, 2015 Nicola Sullivan rated it it was amazing
The thing with this author is he really makes you evaluate your life and plays with your conscience.
Sharon  Beckles Widell
This was really really really boring. Struggled to finish. Depressing. Plotless. Why I continued with this book, I do not know.
Stan
Jun 01, 2009 Stan rated it really liked it
Depressing, strange -- but moving.
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เรืองสันเรืองแรก "นักเรียนนักเลง" ตีพิมพในหนังสือ อนุสรณ ของโรงเรียนปทุมคงคา เมือพ.ศ. 2512 เรือง "ผูแพ" ไดรับรางวัลชอการะเกด (2522) เคยประจำกองบรรณาธิการหนังสือ "ถนนหนังสือ" และใชชีวิตอยูในอเมริกาชัวระยะเวลาหนึง กอนจะกลับเมืองไทย ผลงานบางสวนไดจัดแปลเปนภาษาอังกฤษและภาษาญีปุนเชน "คำพิพากษา" "พันธุหมาบา" และ "เวลา" มีผลงานอาทิเชน "ทางชนะ" (พ.ศ. 2522) "มีดประจำตัว" (พศ. 2527)
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