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Bangkok Found: Reflections on the City Paperback – April 16, 2010
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For better or worse, "Bangkok Found" is a very different book. Kerr opens it with the search for the "City Pillar" marking the center of Bangkok, where he finds two. Which is the real center? It's impossible to say. To me there is something disappointing about such an outcome, and it reflects something that disappointed me about the book. I felt that reading it didn't lead me to the center of Thailand. That said, Kerr comes back to this point, and suggests Thailand is a more ambiguous country. So I can't regard this as honest criticism.
The book lacks the swagger of "Lost Japan". In "Lost Japan", Kerr came across as a superhero with a key to the whole nation. He describes "inside" conversations with famous Kabuki stars, renowned art collectors, Buddhist abbots -- you name it, no door seemed to have been closed to him. If he'd taken an interest in the Imperial family, I got the impression that he would have simply knocked on the palace doors in Tokyo and described the ensuing conversation with the Emperor. I, for one, was deeply impressed --- the book really gave an inside view.
"Bangkok Found" strikes a much more modest tone. He describes failures in his personal and business life, and other ways in which he didn't manage to penetrate the inner circles of Thai life.Read more ›
It was good to read of the author's pangs of conscience over the obvious despoliation of cultural treasures throughout the region to feed into the interior design market - and his worthy decision to totally withdraw support for the vandalism and theft.