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THAILAND: LAND OF BEAUTIFUL WOMEN No Additional Printings Listed Edition

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It is seven in the evening and Bangkok's infamous Nana Plaza is coming to life. Neon signs are flickering on; flowers sellers and peanut sellers and garland sellers are already making their rounds; vans briefly block the narrow passageway into Nana to make last-minute deliveries of ice and soft drinks; sounds of music, laughter and motorcycle engines pierce the humid air; wispy curls of incense smoke rise above shrines dedicated to Brahma, Buddha, locals gods and various animist spirits. Dancers are enjoying last minute chili-flavored snacks or are already inside the go-go bars putting on their makeup. Men in short-sleeve shirts are laughing and drinking with the women working the beer bars, and killing time before the go-go action begins. Uninhibited eroticism permeates an evening air already so full of sensual promise that the Marquis de Sade himself might feel the need to run for cover.

About the Author

Dean Barrett has lived and traveled in Asia for over 20 years. His novels on Thailand are Kingdom of Make-Believe and Memoirs of a Bangkok Warrior. His novels set in China are Hangman’s Point and Mistress of the East. Several of his plays have been staged in the United States and his musical set in 1857 Hong Kong, Fragrant Harbour, was selected by the National Alliance for Musical Theater to be presented on 42nd Street, NYC. For five years, he wrote a satire column in the Hong Kong Standard shamelessly posing as a Chinese gentleman, “Uncle Yum Cha” (Uncle Drink Tea). He is a member of Dramatists Guild, Mystery Writers of America, and the China Round Table.

His mystery novel with a Chinese detective set in Manhattan will appear in the fall of 2001 and is titled, Murder in China Red. He is well into his next novel on Thailand, a mystery entitled, Skytrain to Murder. Although he admits he still doesn’t know why the victim was killed, who the killer is, or what it has to do with the Skytrain. He is also traveling between Bangkok and China writing a wacky, nonsensical and possibly imbecilic travel book entitled, Don Quixote in China: The Search for Peach Blossom Spring. Mr. Barrett lives in Bangkok.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Village East Books; No Additional Printings Listed edition (June 29, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966189930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966189933
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,040,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have two major problems with this book. First, the photos' only saving grace is that they are of unquestionably beautiful women. Otherwise, they are unprofessional. Supposedly candid photos are obviously posed, photos have awful quality, many are obviously taken without professional-quality flash equipment, and some have hotel rooms as their background unnecessarily. The overall effect is that of a high-schooler's "My Trip to Thailand" picture album.
The second problem is the lack of research backing up the author's assertions about Thai women's culture and how it affects their personalities. It would be very easy, for example, to back up assertions about Buddhist influence with the relevant teachings of the Buddha. Also, Barrett is unclear about his sample size. Is he making these assertions based on his interviews with a hundred women? ten? three? It's never really clear. There are several places where anecdotes would be additive, but assertions are instead left to stand alone. For instance, in his section on bar girls, Barrett notes the differing attitudes toward the job that Thai women have. He includes a couple of anecdotes in the section generally, but that particular paragraph would have benefitted from "point-counterpoint"-style dual anecdotes. Also he switches styles about midway through the book, which is annoying. In the bar girl section, he makes a very real effort not to make any generalizations about the women in that field, but elsewhere in the book (most of the first half) he makes some pretty extreme generalizations, with minimal explanation/discussion. Last, Barrett is generally pretty good about avoiding extremes.
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Author Barret is obviously in love with the women of Thailand.

Looking at the pictures, I can understand why. It almost seems to be a fascination that borders on obsession. While it's a very good book overall, the text, although short and to the point in most cases, is spaced sporadically through the pictures. Paragraph, photo, photo, photo, paragraph, photo, etc.

Makes for awkward reading. There are a few revealing pictures, women shown topless, but with their nipples covered by yellow stars, something I thought was a bit cheesy and childish. Like Barret, or maybe the publisher (Village East Books) never stopped to think that most people who buy this book will more than likely be adult males over the age of 18. Some of the remarks about how Western women, out of jealousy, belittle Thai women, may offend some American females. They definitely have something to be jealous of........the women of Thailand are indeed mysterious as well as beautiful. If you're looking for a more in-depth account of Thailand and it's people, this is not the book. But for an interesting glimpse into the lives of the women of Thailand, this book will fit the bill. Loads of nice color photographs.
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Dean Barrett has done an excellent job of describing what Thail women are like. Aside from being beautiful, they have such an easy going, pleasant attitude towards life that Western men rarely see in Western women. As a recent traveler to Thailand, I bought the book to compare what the author found to my own experiences. Not only is the book a fast, pleasant read, the photos are first rate and Mr. Barrett has a good eye for the beauty displayed by Thai women in all walks of life. If you have never been to Thailand and have only heard stories about the women of Thailand, this book is an excellent reference for you. It will make you want to purchase a ticket to Thailand as soon as possible!
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This book is a great introduction to the women of the Land of Smiles. 160 pages of photographs and lots of text. Of course, I've been to Bangkok a number of times so I might point out that as great as the women look in the book they are even better in person, up close and personal.
But what I really like is the often witty and well reasoned discussion of why men are crazy about Thai girls and why western girls get so upset about the situation. Like the author says, everybody has his or her own spin to put on the situation. Charming and beautiful, yeah, but if you marry a country girl best to keep her ikn the Thai countryside. Not try to westernize her. It won't take and it will just cause trouble. In other words, don't be afraid to live in Thailand and get a bit involved in the culture. The more you know about Thailand, the molre chance of having a great relationship with a thai woman. Anyway, that's my two baht worth. I think this great book will open a few eyes.
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This book is simply a photograph book with very little text and insight. Most pictures have extended captions, but still offer very little. I mean, the expectation was that it would show off the most beautiful women of Thailand in various situations. Although it fills the latter, the women do not show off the country's best. I realize he was trying to show the beauty of the rice worker, etc, but I was dissapointed to see the same women in 4,5 or more photos. I think the allure is with the photos of the go-go girls, and although erotic, don't get it for this reason alone. The text on the go-go world is interesting, but I have read tons more simply off the web.
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