- Paperback: 156 pages
- Publisher: Inkblot Publications (August 23, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780934301718
- ISBN-13: 978-0934301718
- ASIN: 0934301719
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,641,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed by Phil Shoenfelt
This is the prism through which Eddie Woods's Tennessee Williams in Bangkok may be viewed. Obviously, Woods is a great raconteur: vivid, candid, witty, surprising. His personal story about his life in Bangkok and the Far East in general, unravels like a favorite old sweater. We see the color of the threads and are delighted. We understand the design because we've seen it whole, and the fragments of it are refractive and considered. We learn a great deal about the author, from his proclivities to his world view, and even the transformation of his world view.
But throughout, I kept thinking, "Okay, well, now let's get to the part about Tennessee." Tennessee was present of course, but everything about him was pristine and distanced. There were numerous anecdotes, incidents and asides, but I never felt they got into the nitty gritty as far as Tennessee Williams was concerned. Given this is such a gritty, although charming book, it was a bit disconcerting because I really couldn't find Tennessee Williams in Bangkok. I could only detect a ghost of his appearance there.
To my mind, this is a deliberate choice on the part of the author, as evidenced by the quote above. Eddie Woods has an immense respect for his friend, and a trust that he refuses to betray. I respect that, and feel that the book orbits around this equator. That's what makes it such an interesting piece of writing. And I must say, the final part of the book, a short three act play, is absolutely the digestif desired to top off a small but splendid feast of a book.
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