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Private Dancer Paperback – 24 Aug 2005
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Because of all its local wisdom, Private Dancer ought to be made available to every tourist at port entry. --Bernard Trink, Bangkok Post
This is an engrossing thriller about relationships with bar girls by a bestselling crime author. It is set in Thailand in 1996, the year of the Rat. Pete, a young travel writer, wanders into a Bangkok go-go bar and meets the love of his life. Joy is the girl of his dreams: young, stunningly pretty and one of the Zombie Bar's top earning pole dancers. What follows is a roller-coaster ride of sex, drugs and deception, as Pete discovers that his own very private dancer is not all that she claims to be and that far from being the girl of his dreams, Joy is his own personal nightmare.See all Product description
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There are some success stories with farang and bar girls but generally the farang loses the plot.
An interesting subject and many shocks for those who do not know Thailand.
It’s not all doom and gloom but as they say in the land of smiles - it’s up to you.
This is a good story, very well told. The books draws you in and, once it has your attention, doesn't let it go.
The technique of telling the story from a variety of viewpoints could have failed so easily. The genius in the writing is that it does not do so because each of the observers has a completely separate "voice" - a distinct viewpoint, a distinct interpretation of the events as they unfold. It never seems contrived. Each of the voices adds another layer to a story which, in the end, is that of two young people caught in a conflict of cultures that they really don't understand.
Although I have no experience of such a trip, I would imagine that the book should also be compulsory reading for any young man intending to sample the famous flesh pots described. The book will not put you off going, but it will give you a better chance of coming back physically, financially and (above all) emotionally intact.
Do not let that deter you from a rattling good read. The story is well constructed and entertaining. Leather's work varies in quality, but is always readable. This is one of his best.
And can relate to what has happened to a few people that I met buying house's returning back to the UK only find out when they return the house has been sold and the love of their lives disappeared or the girl completely blanks the guy my friend bought a house against all of what we said when he returned to Thailand the house was sold and she went up north never to be seen again. I have this book on my kindle so if a guy falls love I will tell him to read this book before he does anything great read
That doesn't mean you can't have a great time in LOS but forewarned is forearmed.
The author has a very good source or has experienced Thailand for himself.
I can read this book time and time again.