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W dollars a dayOsborne's Bangkok is a vibrant instinctual city full of contradictions He wanders the streets dining on insects trawling through forgotten neighbourhoods decayed temples and sleazy barsFar than a travel b. I read this book concurrently with Farang by Iain Corness as a sort of antidote to that books vanilla contentThe author travelled to Thailand to get some cut price dentistry and discovered he could live in Bangkok for practically no money so he stayed Throughout the book he comes and goes from Thailand but it is never really explained At various points he has no money and resorts to stealing other times he is just poor and is supported by his fellow farang other times he seems well offHis story revolves around the non touristy Bangkok He spends a lot of time walking around the lesser known parts of the city The parts where the servants to the wealthy live and the urban areas and their hidden sights And of course it tells the story of his fellow expat weirdos and the unusual lives they live in BangkokThe book contains some great descriptive writing and the author is obviously fond of the back streets the grit the aging colour and the fringe culture While there are many mentions of sex and the prostitution well known in Bangkok it is certainly not central to the narrative but always present and the author remains surprisingly coy about his involvement along these lines There is a certain cynicism to the book which suggests the author is living alongside the other characters rather than with them It is probably worth touching on the other farang in this book as the large part of the story revolves around them They are I guess a pretty sad but realistic bunch of expats living hiding in the city They include the ex military Scotsman living across the border is Cambodia running an adventure guiding business among the mines who spends time in Bangkok looking for guests than he does with his wife in Cambodia there is the aging and lonely retired Australian bank manager preparing to die here a strange an eccentric Spanish artist the mysterious McGinnis whose background and business are never clear Lionel the gay French journalist with the attractive wife in a marriage of convenience a German BMW salesman having a testicle amputated who Osborne meets in hospitalThe book covers a lot of ground and there is a lot of detail in the stories but one can t help thinking there is a bit of embellishment going on here There is plenty of opportunity to mix and match stories as there is no real avenue for validation however the sleazy bars the decaying temples the strange characters all make for a good read On this train of thought I like the uote on the back cover Far than a travel book Bangkok Days explores both the little known extraordinary city and the lives of a handful of doomed expatriates living there as vivid a set of liars and losers as was ever invented by Graham Greene Three and a half stars rounded up Drunk on the Moon b. 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Bangkok Days

Tourists come to Bangkok for many reasons a night of love a stay in a luxury hotel or simply to disappear for a while Lawrence Osborne comes for the cheap dentistry and then stays when he finds he can live off just a fe. This is the second book I ve read recently where one s impression may be swayed by gender Having never been a woman I m not sure but I think that Osborne s descriptions of the largely male characters in his Bangkok expat life might not seem so balanced They do lead a rather Peter Pan existence which he does a great job at depicting Before reading the book I was aware that Thailand is known for where western men go for mid life crisesHe excels at making Bangkok a character in its own right including experiences with a local priest and nun I visited once twenty years ago now please pass the Geritol but have spent enough time in the tropics to find the descriptions familiar Residents of western cities certainly possess biases against other areas neighborhoods but Osborne highlights that fact that one can be just plain unaware of whole sections of this city As a travel narrative the book works wellSo would I recommend it Yes as one expat s view of the city definitely not as some sort of authority on this is how it is He writes well and you won t likely be bored Jewish Life book I ve read recently where one s impression may Sex Toys 101 be swayed The Joy in Business by gender Having never Stuffed been a woman I m not sure Cotas Claim but I think that Osborne s descriptions of the largely male characters in his Bangkok expat life might not seem so The Captured Princess (Taken by Vikings, balanced They do lead a rather Peter Pan existence which he does a great job at depicting Before reading the Pamięć - brzemię i uwolnienie. Niemcy wobec nazistowskiej przeszłości (1945-2010) book I was aware that Thailand is known for where western men go for mid life crisesHe excels at making Bangkok a character in its own right including experiences with a local priest and nun I visited once twenty years ago now please pass the Geritol Fakers, Forgers Phoneys but have spent enough time in the tropics to find the descriptions familiar Residents of western cities certainly possess Hearing the Voice of People with Dementia biases against other areas neighborhoods Doing Without Concepts be just plain unaware of whole sections of this city As a travel narrative the Radio Free Europe and the Pursuit of Democracy book works wellSo would I recommend it Yes as one expat s view of the city definitely not as some sort of authority on this is how it is He writes well and you won t likely But I Survived be A Passion for More bored

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Ook Bangkok Days explores both the little known extraordinary city and the lives of a handful of doomed ex patriates living there 'as vivid a set of liars and losers as was ever invented by Graham Greene' New York Times. No one is a victim in Osborne s Bangkok or perhaps everyone is This is especially true in his interpretation of the sex industry which dominates the majority of the book s focus There are no villains either and on at least 3 occasions the book aims to dispute Bangkok prostitution statistics gathered from the United Nations and other NGO s No opposing numbers are provided rather the reader is to take the word of Osborne and a group of desperate losers in self imposed exile He tries so hard to empathize these men So much time is spent rationalizing their behavior playing up their weaknesses and insisting that the relationship between the sex tourists and the sex worker is one of mutual predation Osborne glosses over if not totally ignores the darker facets of this industry like sex slavery unwanted pregnancies unsafe abortions sexually transmitted diseases or the rampant poverty that might drive these men and women to sell themselves This tendency to gloss over extends into other aspects of the book as Osborne rushes past opportunities for deeper reflection and chances to build a stronger narrative The one consistent female character Kitty is only mentioned in passing but often enough to make her role in Osborne s life seem significant But the reader is never given any further information about their relationship or if she means anything to him Big political events are hastily summarized like the coup in 2006 which receives a paragraph before rolling back into another chapter of walking around aimlessly and going to go go bars There is a scene where Osborne is watching a large group of citizens gather for a political rally and he notices their signs are in English He does a fine job in this moment of conveying its implications I wanted him to stay in that moment What I got instead were 200 pages of middle aged White men tramping around South East Asia This would have been fine if Osborne didn t seem so capable of I wanted him to spend time using these personal experiences to speak about the culture My favorite parts of the book are the digressions when Osborne abandons the narrative about his time slumming in Bangkok and reflects on the nation s identity its history In these passages his knowledge conveys a true love for the country represented in the text He does a great job of this in the chapters The Blue God Ladies of Kuching and In Search of Another Past Osborne s priorities seem to be sex and brevity The book has a uick pacing but it is uneven There are often scenes when he rushes the action and things get confusing due to the lack of directional prose Also in Osborne s attempt to give the narrative a greater sense of of urgency he often leaves out much needed dialogue tags When three male characters are having a conversation and two of them sound identical to nearly every other auxiliary male character spewing cynical expatriate bullshit one cannot afford to remove dialogue tags I had trouble finding distinction between voices with the exception of Father Joe and Sister Joan a priest and a nun working and living in a slum in Klong Tuey once again Osborne misses an opportunity to say about the dichotomy between Bangkok s extreme poverty and a widely expanding middle class limiting what he sees and experiences in Klong Tuey to a single chapter and never referencing it again I know things may be based on real people and true events but I couldn t help wishing Osborne had consolidated some of these characters Thankfully one of them Farlo has an accent Osborne employs dialect whenever he speaksAlso there are a significant number of clich s and sloppy metaphors that only make things harder to understand There is a scene where he describes a friend s eyes as being like a goat What does that mean And this on page 204 a man with burnished skin the color and texture of a primate s fingers Do primates all have the same color fingers and how many people know what a primate s fingers feel likeBangkok Days feels rushed The GoodOne of the greatest aspects of this story is its lack of presumption Osborne never claims to be an authority on Bangkok which he implicitly states in the Author s Note His open mindedness is admirable and his gaze is compassionate He allows others to make the provocative assertions about Thai culture Osborne s obvious intelligence is another appeal to the book his seemingly vast knowledge ofeverything The text is made richer by his references to art music and contemporary and classical literature from all over the globe It is redeemed by the way Osborne uses words from those like Rumi and Hemingway to illuminate his own pontifications on one of the world s most complex cities Despite its shortcomings the book served me well helping me learn some useful Thai phrases and providing a list of cool sites around Bangkok like the Erawan Shrine the Forensics Museum and Loha Prasat How Could She? both the little known extraordinary city and the lives of a handful of doomed ex patriates living there 'as vivid a set of liars and losers as was ever invented Words on Words by Graham Greene' New York Times. No one is a victim in Osborne s Bangkok or perhaps everyone is This is especially true in his interpretation of the sex industry which dominates the majority of the Finding Magic (Downside Ghosts, book s focus There are no villains either and on at least 3 occasions the Half My Blood (Dartmoor, book aims to dispute Bangkok prostitution statistics gathered from the United Nations and other NGO s No opposing numbers are provided rather the reader is to take the word of Osborne and a group of desperate losers in self imposed exile He tries so hard to empathize these men So much time is spent rationalizing their Ja - Ty - My behavior playing up their weaknesses and insisting that the relationship Diamond Grill between the sex tourists and the sex worker is one of mutual predation Osborne glosses over if not totally ignores the darker facets of this industry like sex slavery unwanted pregnancies unsafe abortions sexually transmitted diseases or the rampant poverty that might drive these men and women to sell themselves This tendency to gloss over extends into other aspects of the The Poisoned Honey Cake (Roman Mystery Scrolls, book as Osborne rushes past opportunities for deeper reflection and chances to Katyně build a stronger narrative The one consistent female character Kitty is only mentioned in passing Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods but often enough to make her role in Osborne s life seem significant But the reader is never given any further information about their relationship or if she means anything to him Big political events are hastily summarized like the coup in 2006 which receives a paragraph How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck? before rolling Craft back into another chapter of walking around aimlessly and going to go go Król życia bars There is a scene where Osborne is watching a large group of citizens gather for a political rally and he notices their signs are in English He does a fine job in this moment of conveying its implications I wanted him to stay in that moment What I got instead were 200 pages of middle aged White men tramping around South East Asia This would have Dangerous Promise (Promises been fine if Osborne didn t seem so capable of I wanted him to spend time using these personal experiences to speak about the culture My favorite parts of the Red Skies Falling (Skybound, book are the digressions when Osborne abandons the narrative about his time slumming in Bangkok and reflects on the nation s identity its history In these passages his knowledge conveys a true love for the country represented in the text He does a great job of this in the chapters The Blue God Ladies of Kuching and In Search of Another Past Osborne s priorities seem to William (Enemies to Lovers, be sex and From Irenaeus to Grotius brevity The A May to December Romance book has a uick pacing Herman Hertzberger bullshit one cannot afford to remove dialogue tags I had trouble finding distinction Family Secrets between voices with the exception of Father Joe and Sister Joan a priest and a nun working and living in a slum in Klong Tuey once again Osborne misses an opportunity to say about the dichotomy Wolves Among Sheep between Bangkok s extreme poverty and a widely expanding middle class limiting what he sees and experiences in Klong Tuey to a single chapter and never referencing it again I know things may Writing Fight Scenes be Włosy Mamy being like a goat What does that mean And this on page 204 a man with Caring for Victor burnished skin the color and texture of a primate s fingers Do primates all have the same color fingers and how many people know what a primate s fingers feel likeBangkok Days feels rushed The GoodOne of the greatest aspects of this story is its lack of presumption Osborne never claims to Un matrimonio americano (AdN) (Adn Alianza De Novelas) be an authority on Bangkok which he implicitly states in the Author s Note His open mindedness is admirable and his gaze is compassionate He allows others to make the provocative assertions about Thai culture Osborne s obvious intelligence is another appeal to the Omkara book his seemingly vast knowledge ofeverything The text is made richer AMSG by his references to art music and contemporary and classical literature from all over the globe It is redeemed Who Killed Hazel Drew? by the way Osborne uses words from those like Rumi and Hemingway to illuminate his own pontifications on one of the world s most complex cities Despite its shortcomings the A Whole New League (Briarwood High Book 2) book served me well helping me learn some useful Thai phrases and providing a list of cool sites around Bangkok like the Erawan Shrine the Forensics Museum and Loha Prasat


10 thoughts on “Bangkok Days

  1. says:

    God how to describe this book imagine if O'Rourke were British and little less concerned with sociology and politics and a little philosophical and you can begin to imagine Lawrence Osborne First off a caveat this book which was just published this year is marketed almost as some sort of expose on the steamy sordid underworld of Bangkok As the subtitle says A Sojourn in the Capital of Pleasure which resides on the book jacket next to an o

  2. says:

    This is the second book I've read recently where one's impression may be swayed by gender Having never been a woman I'm not sure but I think that Osborne's descriptions of the largely male characters in his Bangkok

  3. says:

    Borrowed this book from a friend while living in Bangkok This was my daily BTS read for a bit than a month It's hard for me to put into words what I liked and did not like about this book But lets try It's an interesting introductio

  4. says:

    Readers of this book should take note of these words in chapter 4 memoirs are rarely empirical in nature They are statements of purpose descriptions of life as the writer WOULD LIKE IT TO BE His emphasis but the faultless memoir doesn't exist

  5. says:

    I read this book concurrently with Farang by Iain Corness as a sort of antidote to that books vanilla contentThe author travelled to Thailand to get some cut price dentistry and discovered he could live in Bangkok for practically no money so he

  6. says:

    A great book to read during a time when it's hard to travel Bangkok Days investigates various nooks and crannies of the Big Mango that while fascinating I don't particularly want to go to personally Osborne is “o

  7. says:

    I suppose Lawrence Osborne's memoir Bangkok Days 2009 isn't for everyone since the Bangkok it describes is that of single middle aged men running away hiding searching or just living out their last days in a vital and potentially decadent city

  8. says:

    No one is a victim in Osborne's Bangkok or perhaps everyone is This is especially true in his interpretation of the sex industry which dominates the majority of the book's focus There are no villains either and on at least 3 occasio

  9. says:

    Lonely middle aged white man writes about lonely middle aged white men in Bangkok That's a real perspective and there's some good phrasing and a few fun stories but in the end it's too limited to be very interesting

  10. says:

    I visited Bangkok for the first time only weeks before reading this book and really enjoyed following the adven

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