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Touch the Dragon: A Thai Journal Paperback – March, 1992
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Karen Connelly, a native of Calgary, has lived in Thailand, Spain, France and Greece. Her travels are an integral part of her writing. Touch the Dragon, a travel book deriving from her experience in Thailand, won the 1993 Governor General's Award for Non-fiction.
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I read the award-winning book, TOUCH THE DRAGON, while lying on the cool sheet of my sofa cushion bed, surrounded by a family of barking baby lizards, in the sweltering heat of a steamy Thai "summer." I had just arrived in rural Thailand for a volunteer teaching position, and I began to read this book to ease my home sickness. I became more depressed and scared with each line of the opening chapters! I was going through EXACTLY the same feelings: "WHAT am I doing here in this strange land?" Later, as I overcame the culture shock and began to enjoy Thailand, I thrilled that Karen was writing what I was seeing, thinking and feeling.
Karen has done a remakable job documenting with brilliant, poetic, and often hysterical descriptions, the everyday life of rural Thailand. For example, she describes the "flowers out of science fiction" novels: I love that. I would often read excerpts to my room mates. We would be amazed at how dead-on target Karen is, and we would crack up into fits of knowing laughter about many of her experiences. Karen's book truly enhanced my life in Thailand. Further, while I was there, my parents were reading the book in frosty Newfoundland. It helped them to understand more and worry less.
The way Karen traces her growing love for the people of Thailand makes for a heart wrenching ending, as were my last days in Thailand. Thai people are like Newfoundlanders: friendly, open, sensitive, and a tad crazy. I will never meet such beautiful people again in all my life. Karen has done the Thai people and their country a great service by simply presenting the facts in the Georgia O'Keefe style of EXTREME CLOSE-UP. How beautiful reality can be!
This book was fantastic and I highly recommend it to everyone. READ IT!
Also, her writing style, metaphors she creates, the descriptions, are truly masterfully crafted - not one false note throughout the book.
Diane Sontag, author of Ten Days in the Land of Smile: A Thailand Travelogue