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Bar Girl by [Thompson, David]
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Length: 256 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1351 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: booksmango (20 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0090N4M1G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,806 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Probably the best book I have read about bar girls and their life styles . A great read and highly recommended.
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couldn,t put this book down.thought it would end as these sort of books usually do.but what an unexpected twist.great reaf
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An interesting read, I wonder how to true to life it would actually be?
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Mike is a disillusioned British expat running a seedy bar in Thailand, a front for prostitution in the form of 'bar girls'. His business is collapsing and he can't afford the fare back to England. One day, a stunningly beautiful Thai girl called Siswan walks into his bar and begins a series of changes to his life and his business that he could never have dreamt of.

I really enjoyed this book. I was really interested in the lives and stories of the characters and what would happen to them. I know nothing about Thailand or the bar-girl culture but the author painted a very convincing picture.

I only have two small problems with the book. As others have pointed out, the ending is a little bit too 'fairy tale' and seems slightly disjointed from the rest of the book. I won't reveal the details, but it was somewhat unrealistic because it seemed as if Mike and Siswan were trying to solve a social problem while simultaneously profiting from it.

Also, although the writer's style is very readable and professional, there are a number of typographical and grammatical errors which suggest the book lacked professional copy editor to give it a final polish. For example, I lost count of the times I read sentences such as 'Her and Mike were sat at the table' instead of 'she and Mike were sitting at the table.' These are small details but I think they mark the difference between a professional and an amateur writer.

Overall though a highly enjoyable book, perfect for a holiday read and I look forward to trying some of Mr Thompson's other books.
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Pretty unbelievable story and unbelievable characters. Girl gets abused, runs away from home, works in a washer houser and then as a cashier in a girly bar - learning so much that at only 17 years of age she can turn around a failing bar into a huge money maker in less than a year and a multi-million empire in only a few years plus open up a chain of care homes. Because thats how easy it is in. Well at least it is in something as false and silly as this tiresome book.
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This book was available free through my Kindle and I thought twice about downloading it. Don’t get me wrong, I am not the prudish type but its cover made me think this may be yet another story of the bar-girl-did-me-wrong genre but I was wrong. Follow the protagonist, Siswan, as a little girl in a village, defenceless, hopeless and penniless, who eventually escapes to chase a better future but actually finding more pain and heartache along the way which the author cleverly reveals little by little by mixing the present story telling with flashbacks. Allow yourself to be moved by Siswan’s ambitious dreams that one day she will achieve what no bar girl before her has ever achieved. This is a plausible story but as much as I loved the finale it may be pretty unlikely to happen for real. If you are expecting a book full of sex, sleaze and cheap vulgarity then this is not a story that will satisfy that interest. If, on the contrary you wish to begin to understand the plight of bar girls this may provide a welcome educational insight into a world most of us know little or nothing.
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An excellent 'story' which had me hooked from about page 6. As per another reviewer, I finished the book in 2 days. I didn't want to put it down.
I say 'story' because this fictional tale is written based on the reality of what can, and does happen, in Thailand's bar girl industry.

For those who know Thailand, the writer's understanding of the corruption, the truth behind the smiles in the 'land of smiles', village life and much more, will add to the authenticity of the story. For those who want to learn about Thailand's bar scene, an eye opener.

As for the 'fairy tale' ending, I enjoyed it. I think 'happy ending' would be a more accurate description. I notice those who were a little disappointed with the happy ending, seemed to have no complaints about any suffering certain characters endured.
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I've always spent a lot of time reading, everything from Penguin Classics to Andy McNab. Without a shred of irony or embarrassment, I can say that I believe this to be one of the best books I've ever read. Yes, it's a bit cheesy in places, yes, the premise requires a bit of a stretch of the imagination and yes, the ending is a bit rushed and doesn't really do justice to the rest of the book. But I don't think I've ever read a book from cover to cover without a break before. That's how absorbing it is: seven and a half hours straight.

I highly recommend this book. If anyone is put off by the content on the first few pages, be assured that, while it's certainly gritty, it's not as unpalatable as the very beginning may suggest.
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