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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: MAVERICK HOUSE (13 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905379439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905379439
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 367,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Sometimes I wonder was I born to be unfortunate; is this life my destiny? I pray to Buddha that this not be the case. My life seems to be that of a country girl who has spent her days escaping from a tiger, only to be eaten
by a crocodile. Mine is an ever-worsening tale with no end in sight. `You see, I am a prostitute, though farangs prefer to call women like me "bar girls". I believe the term is more acceptable to westerners' ears. But to a girl like me, it is all the same. `You can buy me for 2,000 baht. In return, I will do almost anything that is asked of me, but I won't kiss customers--some things are just too
intimate to do with a stranger. Kissing is for a wife or girlfriend; sex is for Thai girls like me.'

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Prologue

SOMETIMES I FEEL like a turtle that is being
grilled over hot charcoal. I am slowly dying. No
matter what I do, no matter how much I try to
escape, I cannot. I am powerless to change my
destiny.
I wonder was I born to be unfortunate; is
this life my destiny? I pray to Buddha that this
not be the case. My life seems to be that of a
country girl who has spent her days escaping
from a tiger, only to be eaten by a crocodile.
Mine is an ever-worsening tale with no end in
sight.
You see, I am a prostitute, though farangs
prefer to call women like me `bar girls'. I believe
the term is more acceptable to westerners' ears.
But to a girl like me, it is all the same.
My job means nothing to me anymore. I
have long since given up any hope of happiness.
PROLOGUE
10
I exist for the pleasure of others. You might say
the only certainty in my life is uncertainty.
I couldn't tell you how many men have
bought me, not that it matters. I prefer not to
remember them.
In Thailand, we do not talk about such
private matters. It is not customary to talk of
things that should be forgotten. It is also of little
concern to a girl of my standing. The only thing
that matters is the baht that I am paid.
Though I suspect that mine is not the worst
existence in the world, I must confess I wouldn't
know if it was. I know of little else.
You can buy me for 2,000 baht. In return, I
will do almost anything that is asked of me, but
I won't kiss customers--some things are just too
intimate to do with a stranger. Kissing is for a
wife or girlfriend; sex is for Thai girls like me.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By I. Griffin on 7 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
I am not a person that reads a lot of books, but this one grabbed my attention. It is a good read and i only picked it up 4 times and by then i had finished it.
Worth a read if you want to know more about the real reasons that some Thai women turn to doing this.
For us westerners it is a way to have our eyes opened to some of the real Thailand that as tourists we dont see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lordbrett on 19 Oct. 2012
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This is a slim, uncomplicated book that skips along at a brisk pace but, without belittling the hardships of the author's life, it is fairly standard fare and there are few surprises here. Anyone expecting lots of juicy and titillating stories based around her activities as a bar girl will be disappointed. She does not even pour her first beer till half way through the book and then the tales she tells do not rise above the mundane.

There are some interesting insights into Thai life and custom, particularly the concept of 'face' that are revealing to Western readers and it is from her fellow Thais that she suffers most, not the sex tourist 'farangs.' It is due in general to her poverty and in specific to the Thai men in her life that she ends up becoming a sex worker. In the notorious bars of Patpong where she works, she stereotypes all 'farang' customers as leering, overweight and over 50 whilst admitting that, for the most part, they treat her better than her fellow Thais.

She discusses the social and moral shortcomings of her clients but tends to skate over her own failures to be truthful when it suits her needs. While I felt no sympathy for the Japanese punter who lavished gifts upon her for the implied gift of her virginity {actually I thought him an idiot} neither did I feel any for this deceiving mother of three as she continued a web of lies to deceive and fleece him.

She does tell the story of a 'farang' she fell 'in love' and played out a long term relationship with and you do feel some sympathy as she grows to realise that he is unable to commit to her preferring instead the 'romance' of dating a bar girl. A common enough scenario in Thailand with 'farangs.'

Ultimately the book falls into the category of an interesting but undemanding read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Seabridge on 5 Oct. 2010
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Easy to read but with very few surprises, if you've never been to Thailand then this may give you an idea on life in such a country of contradictions.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JEANIE on 16 Aug. 2008
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promising start but got a little boring ..ok beach read but forgotten as soon as you read last page .. v easy to pick up n put down again
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leomans on 12 Mar. 2010
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I really enjoyed this book. Great for a holiday read, and shows a side to Thailand that largely gets hidden away. I would recommend it toanyone going to Thailand to learn more about the truth of the lives behind the neon lights of the GoGo bars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Petri Rahikkala on 7 May 2011
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Different type of story for us farangs. I hope you read and see to the other side of the fence. 5-stars recommendation for any expat or farang.
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By AW on 6 May 2013
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I bought this book after visiting Thailand and wondering how hard life must be to resort to prostitution. Whilst i was in Thailand i had some men suggest woman are prostitutes because they love their job. As a woman i thought it was likely to be a very different story so I found this book very interesting as i wanted to read about the desperation these poor woman go through to take this path in their life.
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By Amazon Customer on 6 Jan. 2014
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Sad story. Is it true? It certainly could be. There are many ways other than prostitution for Thai women to earn money. Is it the lure of the big buck which drives them. Many are proud of the fact they have 2, 3, maybe even 4 or 5 falang(farang) boyfriends each sending a not inconsiderable sum, and indeed boast of this procurement.
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