Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
If You Can't Stand The Fun, Stay Out Of The Go-Go Paperback – May 31, 2011
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
About the Author
William Peskett was brought up in Northern Ireland and educated there and at Cambridge University where he read natural sciences. He has worked in teaching, journalism, marketing, design management and corporate relations and lives in Thailand. He is married and has one daughter. Peskett has published volumes of poems, The Nightowl’s Dissection and Survivors — the first of which won an Eric Gregory Award, two novels and two collections of short stories set in Thailand.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $0.99 (Save 50%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Although Pattaya itself is famous for its seedy side, this book is far from that. The stories, each of them only a few pages long, present a Farang's eye view of life in Thailand that is light hearted and respectful. The author has a Thai wife, his Teerak, who provides the wonderful contrast to the Westen view of things, albeit from a position 'off stage'. The author acknowledges the bars and the girls that make Pattaya so famous, but this book is not about them, nor the goings on that happen in these places. It is the more mundane things that fall under Mr Peskett's glare, often trivial, but always enjoyable.
I enjoyed this book as something to go through whilst on my morning commute. Working through the book whilst lying on the beach, or having a beer would work equally well.
I suffered through a little over half the book and couldn't handle the abuse I was putting myself through anymore, it IS that bad.
I wasn't impressed with the tangents or rambling at all throughout the book. It's like having a conversation with someone and the person your talking to forgets everything your discussing because they saw a butterfly float by. It's ridiculous and scatterbrained.
Needless to say, I would NOT recommend this book and for the five bucks it cost...I would much rather have walked down any given Soi in Pattaya and just gotten a half hour massage, same freakin price! Perhaps the author is getting one instead of me...crafty fella.
But with THIS title he really has hit the mark!
Many of the chapters in this book first appeared in 'Pattaya Today', the city's leading English newpaper, under the 'nom de plume' of Kuhn Pobaan.
But his alias has been blown some time ago and now everyone in Pattaya knows who wrote down the episodes with his very pointed pen... :)
This is one of the most original and entertaining collections of the days in the life of a farang who moved to Pattaya with his Thai wife and built a house on a hill.
But the view - oh yes, if You tip-toe or have a step-ladder there will be some view, says the author.
But - do we believe him???
Eh no - without an excellent view from above he wouldn't have gathered all those funny, sometimes teasing, other times moving stories who give to the interested reader a wonderful inside into the ordinary (?) expat's life in Pattaya, Thailand.
Hard it is, guys and gals - hard, but very very hard ... :)
May Mr Peskett live a long and happy life with his family high above the hill to give us more wonderful stuff like the story collection Nr. 1 Mango and Sticky Rice and Nr 2 Mist on the Jungle, which stupid me naturally read before Nr 1...
Both real pearls, partly with Thai themes and others with Irish/English motives.
In this moment I am reading his novel Losing Yourself, which is very interesting. Until now Mr Peskett has never disappointed my expectations.
Have a good read!