Kicking Dogs Paperback – June 7, 2010
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About the Author
- ISBN-10 : 1452802726
- ISBN-13 : 978-1452802725
- Paperback : 242 pages
- Item Weight : 11 ounces
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.61 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 7, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,248,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's a bit of an odd couple story, with Jack the journalist and the City of Bangkok trying to figure out how to live with each other. Hot headed Jack having the tougher time making the needed adjustments.
The journey takes you up close and personal into the lives of two-bit hustlers and crooks who may have a second job working the third-shift as a bargain basement assassin. Also featured is your better than average despicable heavyweight champ of a villain, who goes by the name of Fat Fat. An intriguing, often comic look into the underbelly world of Thailand, where rank has its privilege and if you have no ranking you haven't got much. Lessons to be learned are plentiful; the one that springs to mind is: "Neither a borrower nor a lender be." A first-time read for me of author Collin Piprell. I would definitely seek out others. A fun, quick read at 240 pages.
But there is a small group of expatriate writers who have the familiarity with the Kingdom necessary to produce a believable portrait, and the imagination to avoid the formulaic arrested adolescent fantasies of "Boy meets Girl, Boy loses Girl, Boy beats up some two-dimensional villains while speaking bad Thai and pronouncing erroneous facts about Thailand, Boy pays other Girl for sex," etc. etc. etc.
The dean of these Bangkok-based writers, English language division, is a Canadian named Collin Piprell, and two of his books, a novel called "Kicking Dogs" and a collection of short stories called "Too Many Women," defy the conventions to transcend the genre.
Mr. Piprell has been publishing in The Bangkok Post since the 1980's, and has made a solid reputation for himself as an author who can deliver a well crafted story without ever taking himself or his subject too seriously. In the 17 stories collected in "Too Many Women" he introduces us to a motley but ultimately likable collection of derelicts, criminals, prostitutes and drunkards who drift through the night life of Bangkok, seeking solace from their ennui in another glass of beer or in the arms of another anonymous lover.
In "Kicking Dogs" Mr. Piprell expands his horizons to give us a novel of roguish adventure starring a slightly bewildered hack journalist caught up in some highly unlikely criminal escapades. The author's handy manipulation of plot and pace save this book from falling into the traps described above, and his wit makes it a most enjoyable read.
My only complaint about Mr. Piprell's work, and it is a completely subjective one, is that his implication that there is nothing wrong with randy Western men wasting their days in pursuit of the least expensive commercial sex and drugged oblivion doesn't sit well with some who have lived in the Kingdom and seen the negative effects of that lifestyle. But that viewpoint, as flawed as I may personally believe it to be, is expertly and pleasantly presented in "Kicking Dogs," and the reader who enjoys it and seeks out Mr. Piprell's other books won't be disappointed.
-Bradley K. Martin, author, Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty
Top reviews from other countries
Plenty of action and thrills, and the comedy spins out relentlessly as we follow a long personality clash between a Westerner and the city of Bangkok.
I found it to be a fun and enthralling read, and despite not being a new book much of the commentary on events is still so relevant it could have been written this morning.