on 2 March 2015
This book is awful. Not because of the gruesome subject matter as you might imagine, but in the very writing itself.
What should be a rare glimpse into the worlds most notorious penal institution is instead turned into the authors own version of a bad travel documentary, written with an air of smug superiority.
There seems to be a casual acceptance of the ill treatment of Thai prisoners and utter outrage at similar perpetrations against "Farang" - Westerners.
The story is fascinating. The book should be. It's not. The writing style totally lets it down. The authors own personal opinion is frequently interjected as though it were established fact. I am left with the impression this person felt as though it was ok to mistreat anyone poor or local, while rich individuals and/or foreigners somehow deserved greater respect. This took so much enjoyment away from the story I am left utterly disappointed.