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Another Quiet American: Stories of Life in Laos Paperback – October, 2003
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"A fascinating account, full of sharp insights about a country at a turning point in its history." -- Bangkok Post
"A must for anyone looking to understand Laos today." -- Jeff Cranmer, author of Rough Guide Laos
"A thought provoking book... Dakin writes with a maturity well beyond his years... An excellent book..." -- Lang Reid, Pattaya Mail
"An excellent contribution to a better understanding of life in Asia." -- Far Eastern Economic Review
"An intimate and honest look at the genteel chaos of a country that is deeply troubled but also highly inspiring." -- Amit Gilboa, author of Off The Rails In Phnom Penh
"Honest, well written, entertaining and informative." -- South China Morning Post
"No other personal account of contemporary Laos is as informative, under-the-surface and well written." -- Joe Cummings, author of Lonely Planet Laos
"Probably the best introduction available on modern Vientiane." -- Farang Magazine
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Every step of the way, i tried to imagine his encounters with that of my own experience, and i have some of the same notions, although i never talked politics when i was there, which for me was the first time I've step foot in Laos since my families own exodus some 25 years ago.
Mr. Dakins nicely link the present circumstances with that of past, giving a nice history lesson along the way, but especially putting a face on that history made the book ever more interesting.
Although my own experiance is one i will never forget, and one i truely love, my return and how i will look upon that return next year(2005)will be effected by Mr. Dakins writing, that is to play less and to imagine more. Being that my own family was mentioned in the book, and being from North Carolina, lets say i have connected well with the literature very well.
His experience was almost like my own, the Honda dream from which most of my liaisons occured, the wealthy families that I encountered and their snobbish attitudes, but especially my encounters of the people he considered the lost generation.
I enjoyed the book very much, and do recommend it, even though some of the parts i do question.
I read it at the start of my trip to Laos and, apart from several hours of enjoyable reading, it offered me insights into the Lao which helped me with my own interactions with the locals and gave me a better idea of how I was perceived by the Lao.
I recommend it for anyone wanting to get a feel for Laos.
His descriptions of his office (picture a small three - four room office in a non-descript soviet era office building) and his own small "house" are particularly interesting for people who have not been there before. The sounds, sights and smells of the streets of the capital city come alive as Dakin explores the city on his Honda Dream motorcycle.
Most importantly he describes the relationship Laos has as one of the world's poorest countries with Developed nation's AID agencies. There is a great chapter on consultants in which he talks about a Japanese tourism consultant who is really a retired manufacturing employee who knows little to nothing of Laos, and nothing about tourism development.
If you are interested in learning more about a wonderful country Dakin's book is a must read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was in Laos in the early sixties and it was a time of war. Hard to compare it to the authors description as I was too busy to enjoy the cultural aspects of the country. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Herbert Siegel
If your headed to Loas and want to learn about the country it is an interesting read from a young American's point of view.Published 13 months ago by Paternostro
A very interesting and well thought out book about the author's two years living in Laos. His description of the people he meets are sensitive, and the characters come across as... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
Enjoyed it, funny entertaining, but a true story about an American in Laos! After, I went to Laos, to see myself, how it is!Published 19 months ago by Mary
An enjoyable book that gives a good idea of what Laos was like in 1999. When I am there in February (2015) I will be interested to see how Laos has changed in the 15 years since.Published 22 months ago by Reader_CEM
First of all, I must state that my visits to Laos began in 1968 and continue until the present, so I may have a very different perspective on the subject of Laos and the people... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Ronald A. Gray
I read this book after having spent 1 month in Laos and found it to be very interesting and informative. Read morePublished on April 27, 2014 by redeyeblues
The story is about the authors first job after graduation working for the Laos tourism bureau so the story is told from that perspective. Read morePublished on April 10, 2014 by James Hamill