- Paperback: 412 pages
- Publisher: Silkworm Books (July 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9747551675
- ISBN-13: 978-9747551679
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #594,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Letters from Thailand: A Novel
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"This is a fascinating book, and I heartily recommend it to all Westerners who know and love Thailand."―Bangkok Post Sunday Magazine
About the Author
Botan (pseud. Supa Sirising) is a native of Bangkok, born of Chinese parents. She has published more than ten novels, most of which reflect women’s and children’s perspectives. Susan Fulop Kepner has been translating Thai literature for more than 30 years, including A Child of the Northeast by Kampoon Boontawee and the anthology A Lioness in Bloom.
Top customer reviews
The use of letters _could_ be interesting; see Postcards by Annie Proulx.
So much of what it is to strive to have something/more, for yourself as an individual, for your family, to be a spouse, and to be a parent in this strange and ever changing world was so well expressed. Not to mention the struggles between cultures and the ethnic differences. I love Sang U's struggle as he moves from a natural human "ethnocentrism" to the things that are common or different among men and then realizes what is most important.
And, as it is with most parenting, his deeper more meaningful realizations about what is important in life come after he has already influenced his children during their childhood. Although, in some instances, he is disappointed at the outcome he clearly and rightly takes responsibility for his part in molding their lives.
And, he accepts what has happened and grieves not only the loss of his wife but the loss of the fantasies that he had created in his mind about what his adult children's lives would be like. He also marvels at how well some have done by ignoring his counsel and doing what they felt was right. Very much as he had done by leaving China. And then he moves on to the next stage of his life. On the one hand I wanted a sequel on the other hand I know I need to write the next chapter of my own life and that is the sequel.
I will definitely recommend this book to everyone I know. But most of all the lessons held in its pages will reverberate over and over in my mind, and my heart, and I will apply them to my own personal growth.