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Letter from a Blind Old Man by Prabhassorn Sevikul
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Nov 13, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: asian-lit
Recommended to Emily by: Just picked it up from a bookshelf
Recommended for: People interested in Asian life
Read from September 01 to November 01, 2011 — I own a copy , read count: 1


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Emily Dy This book is a collection of short stories and essays that do not take much time to read. And yet... I cannot call it a light or easy read.

Sevikul has such a way with words that he draws out the magic in simple moments. In some stories, he distills the essence of the effect of a single moment on a man's soul so much so that you cannot escape feeling the weight of its significance.

So yeah, it's a short read. But after each story, I found myself stopping to take a deep breath and just let the emotions of the story sink in. Sometimes, I even decide not to read another story 'til the next day just to give me time to let the previous one settle.

The first Thai author I ever read, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, was a good writer because he told a story. But while Lacharoensap wrote a good story, Sevikul painted a picture with his words.

My absolute favorite was Skytrain.

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